Five core principles underpin Appreciative Inquiry practice, creating a framework for AI training. They are:
The constructionist principle – Words create worlds
The simultaneity principle – Inquiry is change – the first question is fateful
The anticipatory principle – Image inspires action
The poetic principle – What we focus on grows
The positive principle – Positive questions lead to positive change
Generativity is a key concept in AI. Essentially it means generating new – and actionable – ideas, energising and inspiring; often challenging assumptions and raising fundamental questions. Positivity without generativity can often make AI a fleeting experience. You’ll find some more useful information at www.gervashe.bushe.ca.
Appreciative Inquiry makes use of several key tools. (These ‘protocols’, as they’re known, are also called conversation guides and scripts). They’re:
• 5D cycle – Define, Discover, Dream, Design and Delivery (which is also sometimes called Destiny) – which you can read more about here,
• SOAR, the AI alternative to a SWOT analysis, which is focused around strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results.
Our friend and collaborator Jackie Kelm has made a great introductory film about AI, which helps slot everything into place: