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The First AI International Conference -- A Landmark Event

Sun, September 30, 2001

September 30 - October 3, 2001. The Taos Institute was one of the many sponsors of the First International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry: Accelerating Positive Change, that took place in Baltimore, September 30 - October 3, 2001. This conference, which took place just three weeks after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the US Pentagon, brought over 500 people together from around the world. The topic of inquiry for the plenary sessions took on new meaning as participants explored how business might serve as an a gent of world benefit.

This conference brought together Taos Institute’s founders David Cooperrider, Diana Whitney, Ken and Mary Gergen, and Suresh Srivastva. Taos associates presenting at the conference were Frank Barrett, Jane Watkins, Jim Ludema, Barbara Sloan, Anne Radford, Bliss Browne, Bernard Mohr, Jane Seiling, Marge Schiller, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Miriam Rickets, and Jim Willis. Warren Bennis was there is spirit through a video presentation due to travel difficulties. As Robert Quinn, from University of Michigan, writes in his recent book Change the World, "Appreciative Inquiry is revolutionizing the field of organization development".

See the new AI Commons website at http://appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu for summary, pictures and slides of the conference.

Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2001 by Dawn Dole