New publications for 2017

2017 will be a bumper year for new and updated Appreciating People publications. Here’s a rundown of what we’re working on

February 2017 saw the publication of Appreciating Church – A practical appreciative inquiry resource for church communities – which was developed in partnership with the United Reformed Church, Methodist Church, Society of Friends, Congregational Federation, and parts of the Church of England.

Taste of AI 2.0

An updated version of A Taste of AI is published in September 2017

In early September, we’ll be publishing an upgrade and expansion of our popular Taste of AI cards, which are already on their third reprint. It includes new packaging, an upgrade of existing cards and three additional cards, on Appreciative Leadership, Working from Strengths; and the contribution of positive psychology and positive emotions to AI. Called Taste of AI 2.0, it will be supported by downloadable additional resources from the Appreciating People website. The updated set will retailat £15.99, with price reductions available for bulk orders.

Number One 

Enjoying and learning from the Canals and National Waterways Museums

From Number One, published October 2017

Early October also sees the publication of Number One. This resource has been developed in partnership with the UK National Waterways Museums, Canal and River Trust. Building on the expertise gained from the How to be More Awesome journals, Number One is an exciting new resource for families, schools and uniformed groups, designed to encourage curiosity, exploration and learning. It’s full of inspiring children’s learning, and plenty of tips and activities for wellbeing and curiosity from our museums and waterways. Price TBC

Drawing from the field of positive psychology and AI philosophy, the book is full of activities, reflective exercises and interesting facts. It also includes a 28-page wellbeing and gratitude journal. This project has been funded by the Canal and River Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.


A companion for your Appreciative Inquiry practice

Reflections is designed as a combination of an AI practice resource – for both the AI practitioner at the beginning of their AI journey, and as a reflective practice resource for the more experienced. It provides an easy reference guide to AI, practical tools, interesting AI stories and articles and a 21-day wellbeing and gratitude journal to support the AI practitioners’ ‘appreciative muscle’.

This resource completes the lexicon of AP Appreciative Inquiry training resources. The retail cost will be £14.99, again with reductions for bulk orders. This publication has been sponsored by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network; David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, at Champlain College, Vermont USA; and by the Appreciating Church programme.

More than Welcome

A new publication with Appreciating Church

Finally, we’re also introducing the More than Welcome cards, developed in partnership with the United Reformed Church, and part of the Appreciating Church programme. Consisting of 35 playing cards, More than Welcome has been designed to help churches build on their existing good practice in welcoming people. The format includes 20 questions for paired conversations, cards for group activities and worship materials. The playing card format is a new departure for Appreciating People with potential for other AI applications. Watch this space!

More than Welcome will have its first outing at the Greenbelt Festival over the August bank holiday, as part of the United Reformed Church’s festival programme.

Discussions are still ongoing about whether this resource will be available on the Appreciating People web site.

All these publications could not have been completed without our many partners and in particular, the editorial and publication skills of Wordscapes. They will be available on our shop page