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.
- Positive Image, Positive Action: The Affirmative Basis of Organizing, David L. Cooperrider. http://appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu/intro/classicsDetail.cfm?coid=647
A classic article on the essential thinking underpinning Appreciative Inquiry. While it can be challenging to read, it is worth it!
- 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.
- “When is Appreciative Inquiry Transformational? A Meta-Case Analysis,” Bushe, G., Kassam, A., Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Vol. 41. 161-181, May, 2005.
- “Appreciative Inquiry Is Not (Just) About The Positive,” Bushe, G.R. (2007), OD Practitioner, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp.30-35.
- 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: http://mailman.business.utah.edu:8080/mailman/listinfo/ailist
- The Taos Institute – http://www.taosinstitute.net/
A leading academic institution for social constructionism, the theoretical underpinning of Appreciative Inquiry.
- 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.
- Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity by Peggy Holman
A roadmap for navigating through disruption and unprecented change.
- 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.”
- Opening Space for Collective Wisdom
TEDx talk by Tova Averbuch, Jaffa July 2011
- 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)
- Journalism that Matters: An Emerging Cultural Narrative
Published in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Kosmos Journal, this article captures what we have been learning through the Journalism that Matters Initiative. Consider subscribing to Kosmos Journal – it is filled with interesting ideas and beautiful images.