Christine, Peggy, and Tova offer some of their favorite books, web sites, and videos.

Appreciative Inquiry Resources

Books and Articles

  • The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change, 2nd ed., Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Berrett-Koehler, 2010.
    If you read only one book, this is the one! Well written, informative and practical book useful to anyone interested in AI in organisations.
  • Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change, David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney, Berrett-Koehler, 2007.
    A short, yet comprehensive overview of Appreciative Inquiry by two of its leading lights, creator David Cooperrider and principal developer, Diana Whitney.
  • Srivastva S. & Cooperrider D (1999), “Appreciative Management and Leadership, revised edition”, Williams Custom Publications, Euclid,Ohio

Web sites and other online resources

  • Appreciative Inquiry Commons
    A worldwide portal devoted to the fullest sharing of academic resources and practical tools on Appreciative Inquiry and the rapidly growing discipline of positive change. This site is a resource for you and many of us–leaders of change, scholars, students, and business managers–and it is proudly hosted by Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.  
  • Appreciative Inquiry Listserv
    This online community of practitioners is generous with stories, questions and answers. The Appreciative Inquiry Discussion List is hosted by the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Jack Brittain is the list
administrator. For subscription information, go to:
  • The Taos Institute –
    A leading academic institution for social constructionism, the theoretical underpinning of Appreciative Inquiry.

Other Resources

  • The Change Handbook by Peggy Holman, Tom Devane, and Steven Cady
    An edited collection of methods for engaging with “whole systems,” for change based on two powerful foundational assumptions: high involvement and a systemic approach to improvement.
  • CONNECTED: Transforming the Conversation at the 2005 Convention
    Led by Christine Whitney Sanchez, this video show thousands of Girl Scouts using Open Space Technology and the World Cafe to focus on the Core Business Strategy at the 2005 Girl Scout National Convention.
  • 10,000 Girl Scouts Use Their Voices
    Christine Whitney Sanchez tells the story of the 2008 U.S. Girl Scout Convention in which ” Robert’s Rules of Order met Conversations that Matter.”
  • Building Coalitions to Create a Community Planning Tool by Tova Averbuch in Barbara B Bunker and Billie. T. Alban’s The Handbook of Large Group Methods (Jossey-Bass 2006)

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