AI Practitioner Certification Program

Our AI Practitioner certification program is a hybrid residency/online program that includes foundational training in AI and experiential learning opportunities in tools and techniques for applying AI in a variety of settings and levels within any organizational system.

The Details

This program presents a proven approach to accelerating organizational change by showing how to focus on and leverage the core strengths of any organizational system. Through a combination of coursework and fieldwork, learn how and why Appreciative Inquiry works, explore the power of questions to seed positive change in any situation and discover how to engage others in the change process for lasting results. By working on an application project specific to your own organization, you will have the opportunity to create positive change that bridges high ideals with a results-oriented mindset.


  • How and why Appreciative Inquiry works
  • Underlying theory and principles behind AI
  • AI 4D Framework for Positive Change
  • The power of questions for positive change
  • Examples of AI Around the World—case studies, stories and illustrations
  • Cutting-edge methods and tools used to create positive change
  • AI applications at all organizational levels: interpersonal, team, strategic planning and whole-system
  • How to apply AI in your own organization

Coursework for Certification:

Part 1: Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry

  • When: October 23-25, 2017
  • Where: Burlington, VT
  • What: A highly interactive three-day course that lays the groundwork for understanding how and why AI works, and exploring ways to use AI in your own organization.

Part II: Appreciative Applications Fieldwork

  • When: October 2017 - TBD
  • Where: Virtual
  • What: Through periodic internet-mediated sessions, coaching and conference calls with Center faculty and global AI-thought leaders, you will create a portfolio of personalized AI applications including:
    • A customized design plan for an AI workshop
    • Personalized appreciative interview guides used for data collection and thematic analysis
    • An AI application project tailored to your interests and organization's needs
    • A reflective journal that incorporates your learning across the certification process, documenting applications and outcomes of the AI methodologies you are exploring

Part III: Appreciative Inquiry Capstone

  • May 2nd - 4th, 2018
  • Where: Burlington, VT
  • What: A culminating learning experience where you will share your lessons and insights and explore not only best practices, but also future trends in the field of positive organization development and change.

The Instructors

DAVID COOPERRIDER, PhD  - David is the Honorary Chair of the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. He also serves as the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. As the founding thought leader for Appreciative Inquiry (AI) his work in this area has created a positive revolution in the field of change; it helps institutions all over the world discover the power of the strengths-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and sustainable design. Read more about David here.

LINDSEY N. GODWIN, PH.D. - Lindsey is an associate professor of management at Champlain College's Robert P. Stiller School of Business, where she also serves as the academic director for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry. As a practitioner-scholar, she is engaged in the global Appreciative Inquiry community, having served as the chair for the last several world conferences for AI. Her work has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Journal of Business Ethics, the Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, the AI Practitioner Journal, and Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. With a passion for helping organizations leverage their potential through strength-based change, Lindsey has helped organize and facilitate Appreciative Inquiry processes with a variety of organizations around the world.

PRU SULLIVAN - Pru is the Practitioner-in-Residence at the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, having recently retired as the Director of Continuous Learning at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. In her role at Keurig, Pru was responsible for weaving a strengths-based approach into the fabric of Keurig Green Mountain. From onboarding new employees, to new product development, to team member career development, appreciative strength-based change has been embedded into organizational practices. As an active volunteer in the community, Pru has focused her volunteer efforts in bringing Appreciative Inquiry to non-profit organizations. She leads strengths-based strategic planning for organizations like Vermont End Child Abuse, and strengths-based leadership development at the Leahy ECHO Center.

Application Deadline: October 1st, 2017

Space for this special session is limited, so register now to secure your spot!

Positive things do not come by nature. For positive things we have to make an effort. We must make the effort. Nobody, no one else, can do that. So everyone, hope for a better future, a happier future, if that is our wish. The present generation must make every effort. It is our responsibility.—His Holiness, the Dalai Lama