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Appreciative Inquiry Commons

For a full range of resources and information on Appreciative Inquiry please visit the Appreciative Inquiry Commons, a comprehensive website sponsored by Case Western Reserve University. David Cooperrider, one of the Taos Institute founders, is spearheading this effort. The AI Commons is 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. In the years since the original theory and vision for "Appreciative Inquiry Into Organizational Life" was articulated by two professors at the Weatherhead School of Management (see David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva, 1987) there have been literally hundreds of people involved in co-creating new concepts and practices for doing AI, and for bringing the spirit and methodology of AI into organizations all over the world. Commenting on her assessment of AI's uniqueness, a senior executive at one company recently said: "I know what AI is about... it is about creating a positive revolution in change". And in words that echo the same thing, University of Michigan Professor Robert Quinn, in his acclaimed book Change the World writes: "Appreciative Inquiry is currently revolutionizing the field of organizational development".

Taos Associates and Colleagues Featured on the AI Commons

Madelyn Blair - Lessons from the field: Applying appreciative inquiry

Marge Schiller and Jackie Stavros
- Celebrate the Stories: West Springfield Public Schools Appreciative Inquiry Summit

Marge Schiller - The Case Story of Avon Mexico:  Using AI to to increase the number of senior women in the organization worldwide.

Saha Shayamal - Working with Farmers in Bangledesh using AI for Innovations in Farming in the Age of Climate Change.

David Cooperrider - Videos

 Articles about Appreciative Inquiry available on ISSUU -

Axiom News articles on AI

 The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (BAWB) is a global forum uniting the best in business with the call of our times. At the heart of the Center is the World Inquiry - a global search for the many ways that the business sector is putting its people, imagination and assets to work to benefit humanity. The Center is synthesizing the work being done by business practitioners, civil sector actors, and the academic community in business-in-society innovations.

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Innovation Bank: The BAWB Innovation Bank is an expanding collection for societal good. Each record of the archive is a profile highlighting an innovation, its context, roots and impacts.

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