About the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry

The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is a Center of Excellence at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The Center was made possible through a generous gift from the Stiller Family Foundation in recognition of the impact of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) philosophy on the success of the company Robert P. Stiller built, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, now Keurig Green Mountain.

According to David Cooperrider, the co-founder and thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry, AI is about the search for the best in people, their organizations and the world around them.

AI involves asking questions that strengthen an organization's ability to understand, anticipate and heighten its positive potential. It mobilizes inquiry through the crafting of "unconditional positive questions" and can be applied at all levels within an organization—from a small team to hundreds and sometimes thousands of people.

Currently, the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry offers:

In future years, the Cooperrider Center will  expand its scope and exploration of  Appreciative Inquiry, to be a voice in the growing strengths-based organizational change conversation and to facilitate research and expansion of the discipline.

"We have reached the end of problem solving as a mode of inquiry capable of inspiring, mobilizing, and sustaining human system change. The future of Organization Development belongs to methods that affirm, compel, and accelerate anticipatory learning involving larger and larger levels of collectivity." —David Cooperrider