AI World Inquiry: Share a Story

You are invited to share your stories of Appreciative Inquiry and help us create viral examples of positive change!

These video stories will soon live on the re-vitalized AI Commons and be available in a searchable database for doctoral students, AI trainers and consultants, AI practitioners, and anyone interested in first-hand reports of the power of Appreciative Inquiry to create individual and collective positive change.

How to Participate:

Join us in lifting up stories of AI's impact around the globe by recording your own video submission. Participating is easy!  You simply need to:

  1. Read the questions.
  2. On your own or with a partner, record your answers to the questions. You are welcome to answer as many of the questions as you like, but we ask that you record one video per question, and each video must be no more than 3-5 minutes in length.
    • Note: If you would like help finding someone to conduct an interview with, we are happy to help connect you with a colleague. Find an Interview Partner.
  3. Upload your video(s) to YouTube.
  4. Submit your YouTube video link to the AI Commons Website
  5. Invite other practitioners you know! We are looking for as many storytellers as we can find. Let's go viral!

Explore Stories From Others

We invite you to explore and be inspired by stories from your global colleagues at the AI World Inquiry YouTube channel.

The Inspiration Behind Our Call for Stories

The groundbreaking ideas of Appreciative Inquiry grew out of David Cooperrider's excitement about the possibilities for innovation and the positive organizational potential he observed during his dissertation research in the early 1980s at Case Western Reserve University. During the '90s, the GEM Initiative became a living laboratory for sowing the seeds of AI around the globe, touching the lives of more than 1000 NGO leaders from over 200 organizations in at least 52 countries and jump-starting the "positive revolution in change." At the same time, several early adopters of AI were introducing it to corporate and government leaders, and a host of Organization Development practitioners and consultants around the world. We know that Appreciate Inquiry has wings that now span the globe in almost every country. The time is ripe for a World Inquiry to explore the impact AI has had on the lives and work of those who have been touched by this global paradigm shift.

World Inquiry Overview:

The purpose of this World Inquiry is to uplift the ways in which AI has helped bring positive change into the world. The goals for this inquiry are to:

  1. Stimulate a global conversation about the transformational effect Appreciative Inquiry has had on the lives and work of the thousands of individuals who have been introduced to it over the past 25+ years.
  2. Create and host a searchable archive for video stories showcasing the impacts of AI around the world.
  3. Identify the many ways in which AI has sparked new knowledge and innovation.
  4. Use storytelling to uplift the field of Appreciative Inquiry.
  5. Demonstrate the use of "crowd narrative" to determine collective impact—an innovation in qualitative "valuation".
  6. Attract a new audience to learn more about the worldview, practice and impact of Appreciative Inquiry.

To learn more about the vision for this World Inquiry, we invite you to listen to this podcast conversation between Ada Jo Mann and Robyn Stratton-Berkessel: 

A World Inquiry: The Impacts of Appreciative Inquiry across the World.

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