In-Person Foundations in Appreciative Inquiry

Tampa, FL
October 21-23, 2019
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Instructors: Pru Sullivan, Joep C. de Jong, and David L. Cooperrider



Looking to improve performance? Have you been asking what's wrong and how to fix it? 

What if instead you were able to focus on your organization's strengths?

Appreciative Inquiry can teach you how to identify and organize around the positive core of your business, organization or community. By lifting up capacities and successes that already exist, Appreciative Inquiry reinforces relationships and culture, creates common vision and direction, promotes learning and innovation, and energizes collective action. Called "the best large-group method in the world today," AI helps organizations design an aligned vision and mission based on existing strengths and values.

What will I learn?

  • How to bring people together collaboratively, rather than defensively, by focusing on strengths and what works
  • How to encourage new ideas and innovations by uncovering the fundamental why of what you do, rather than just focusing on how to get better at doing it.
  • How to foster creativity, collective intelligence, and deeper commitment by involving whole systems
  • How to create a powerful and inclusive vision for the future that prompts community members to work toward that vision today.

Topics Covered:

  • The History of AI
  • The emerging positive revolution in the social sciences
  • The power of questions in creating organization change
  • The 5 Classic Core Principles of AI
    • Constructionist Principle
    • Simultaneity Principle
    • Poetic Principle
    • Anticipatory Principle
    • Positive Principle
  • The AI 4-D framework
  • AI as a framework for action research & organization change
  • Application of AI at all organizational levels:
    • Interpersonal
    • Coaching
    • Team building
    • Strategic planning
    • Community Development
  • AI case studies  

Amazing Opportunity to Learn from the Best

David L. CooperriderTake advantage of this rare opportunity to learn Appreciative Inquiry from its founder, David L. Cooperrider!  Considered "one of the outstanding scholar-practitioner of our generation,"* David has brought his strength-inspired approach to change everywhere: the corporate world, the world of public service, of economics, of education, of faith, of philanthropy, and social science scholarship- and it is affecting them all. Join him to find out how!   David will teach the afternoon session on October 22nd. All participants are invited to join a cocktail reception after class on the evening of the 22nd.

*Jane Nelson, Harvard's Kennedy School of Leadership

The First Step Toward Certification

The Foundation Course is the first step in earning a Certification in Appreciative Inquiry. Foundations graduates can choose to continue with fieldwork and a 3-day Capstone Course, after which they will be certified in Appreciative Inquiry by the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.


Pru SullivanPRU 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 and team member career development to new product development, appreciative strengths-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.

Joep De JongJOEP C. DE JONG - After Joep's introduction to AI in 1995, attending the Global Excellence for Management program in 1997 and becoming one of the founders of AI Consultancy in 1998, he has been deeply involved in the global AI community. Ever since 1998, when he joined BT Syntegra as a senior executive, Joep has been using AI to lead, coach, and facilitate change and innovation in the organizations he has been responsible for, bringing out the best in people to deliver positive business results from an appreciative leadership perspective. After he resigned as CEO of a consultancy company in 2013, he became a candidate PhD at the University of Tilburg on the topic of appreciative leadership as well as an independent consultant, coach, and lecturer on AI. Joep serves as a non-executive on the board of the Afri-Can Foundation, is a member of the advisory councils of Instituto IDEIA and the AI Practitioner, and is an associate of the TAOS Institute. He delivers lectures on AI, leadership, change management, and inter-cultural work at the American University (US), Champlain College (US) and the Hotelschool The Hague (NL). He has frequently published on AI-related topics in the AI Practitioner and has contributed to several AI books. In 2008, Joep was co-author of Waarderend Organiseren, the first book on AI in Dutch. In 2013, he and Robbert Masselink published the 'Handboek Appreciative Inquiry'.