Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner

Call for papers – An African Perspective on Appreciative Inquiry

AI Practitioner to be published in February 2019

Editors: Mette Jacobsgaard and Anastasia Bukashe

Theme: An African Perspective on Appreciative Inquiry

The initial ideas that have become the AI practice were introduced in Africa in the early 1990s. One of the most significant contributions to this was the work of the USAID-sponsored Global Excellence in Management (GEM) programme funded by the US Agency for International Development from 1994 to 2000. The GEM Initiative became a living laboratory for sowing the seeds of AI in a number of African countries. Through the years much of what has become accepted AI practice was first developed in Africa. This story was told in the August 2011 issue of the AIP. Twenty-five years after Appreciative Inquiry was introduced in Africa we are curious to know who is using the approach.

What has the impact been? Is AI being used just as another technique or has it made sustained transformations?

We are particularly curious to know from Africans in Africa who have taken AI on board. What impact and changes have been made? Are there innovations that can be attributed specifically to AI in Africa?

Focus of the issue:

Profiling the variety of sectors, issues and places AI is being used on the continent.

Questions for inspiration:

How have people in Africa contextualized AI?

How do you locate AI in the African context – what lessons are there?

What is the voice of AI in Africa? What are we learning?

How do we sustain AI in Africa?

Ways to contribute:

We are looking for written contributions including creative presentations and pictures.

The final written submissions will range from 500 to 2000 words. Art and graphics should be in high resolution and ready for publication. Poetry should be formatted for publication.

Submitting a Proposal / Draft:

If you are excited to contribute to this issue please send a proposal to  no later than 12 November, maximum 300 words. By 19 November 2018 we will let you know which proposals will be accepted and need to receive your first draft at the latest by 4 December 2018. The final draft will need to be completed by 8 January 2019 in order to publish the journal on 1 February 2019.

Appreciative Inquiry

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 Champlain College and the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. 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”.

For more information on the AI Commons you may email Lindsey Godwin, Director of the Cooperrider Center for AI – 

Appreciative Inquiry World Inquiry – We need your story! – Join the movement to gather stories of AI Impact on organizations, communities, schools, families and you. Everyone is welcome to share their stories and we hope you will!

The AI Practitioner

The AI Practitioner is an online journal that features the best of the best in Appreciative Inquiry work around the world. Visit today. 

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Articles about Appreciative Inquiry available on ISSUU:

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Appreciative Inquiry – A Beginning:

A film which documents the experience of development workers and community members with appreciative inquiry, an innovative approach to bring about lasting change. Appreciative inquiry empowers local people by helping them build a vision for a better future based on their community’s strengths. Then, by drawing on these strengths, the community charts a path to turn their vision into reality. Appreciative Inquiry – A Beginning is a joint project of the International Institute for Sustainable Development and MYRADA.

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. Visit the B.A.W.B website at:

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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