The Appreciative Inquiry Summit

A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large-Group Change

James Ludema (Author) | Diana Whitney (Author) | Bernard Mohr (Author) | Thomas Griffin (Author)

Publication date: 08/09/2003

The Appreciative Inquiry Summit
  • Provides a comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit methodology-a radically new way of managing change that combines large-group processes with Appreciative Inquiry
  • Numerous examples from organizations around the world, including McDonald's, John Deere, Verizon, British Airways, the US Navy, United Religions Initiative, American Red Cross, and many others
  • Written by four leading pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry

Over the past decade Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has rapidly emerged as one of the most significant advances in the field of organization development and change. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit-the preferred method when applying whole-scale change to large groups. The authors - four of the leading experts on Appreciative Inquiry - explore the theories of organization change and large-group process on which the AI Summit is based; walk the reader step-by-step through the process of planning, conducting, and following up on an AI Summit; provide a series of case studies of the AI Summit in action; and share essential success factors-what they have learned in their work with AI and large-group processes that contributes to success in large-scale efforts. This book is an essential resource for anyone who works with Appreciative Inquiry, large group interventions, or whole-system change processes.

  • Provides a comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit methodology-a radically new way of managing change that combines large-group processes with Appreciative Inquiry
  • Numerous examples from organizations around the world, including McDonald's, John Deere, Verizon, British Airways, the US Navy, United Religions Initiative, American Red Cross, and many others
  • Written by four leading pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry

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  • Provides a comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit methodology-a radically new way of managing change that combines large-group processes with Appreciative Inquiry
  • Numerous examples from organizations around the world, including McDonald's, John Deere, Verizon, British Airways, the US Navy, United Religions Initiative, American Red Cross, and many others
  • Written by four leading pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry

Over the past decade Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has rapidly emerged as one of the most significant advances in the field of organization development and change. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit-the preferred method when applying whole-scale change to large groups. The authors - four of the leading experts on Appreciative Inquiry - explore the theories of organization change and large-group process on which the AI Summit is based; walk the reader step-by-step through the process of planning, conducting, and following up on an AI Summit; provide a series of case studies of the AI Summit in action; and share essential success factors-what they have learned in their work with AI and large-group processes that contributes to success in large-scale efforts. This book is an essential resource for anyone who works with Appreciative Inquiry, large group interventions, or whole-system change processes.

  • Provides a comprehensive practitioner's guide to the AI Summit methodology-a radically new way of managing change that combines large-group processes with Appreciative Inquiry
  • Numerous examples from organizations around the world, including McDonald's, John Deere, Verizon, British Airways, the US Navy, United Religions Initiative, American Red Cross, and many others
  • Written by four leading pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - James Ludema

James D. Ludema, Ph.D. is Professor of Organization Development at Benedictine University and a Founding Owner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting.


Visit Author Page - Diana Whitney


Diana Whitney, Ph.D. is the president and founder (along with David Cooperrider) of the Corporation for Positive Changeùan international center for Appreciative Inquiry education and consultation. Her clients have included British Airways, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, the Department of Labor, Hunter-Douglas Window Fashions, GE Capital, GlaxoSmithKline, GTE (now Verizon), Johnson & Johnson, NY Power Authority, PECO, and Sandia National Labs.


Visit Author Page - Bernard Mohr
Bernard J. Mohr is President/ Managing Partner of The Synapse Group, Inc. and a senior faculty member of the National Training Laboratories Institute.


Visit Author Page - Thomas Griffin

Thomas J. Griffin, Ph.D. is Director of Organization and Leadership Development for U.S. Cellular.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding the Appreciative Inquiry Summit

  1. The AI Summit Process: Start to Finish
  2. The AI Summit in Action: Twelve Case Examples
  3. Why AI Summits Produce Results
  4. Essential Conditions for Success


Part II: Before the Summit

  1. Sponsoring an AI Summit
  2. Planning the Summit
  3. Creating a Design for the Summit


Part III: During the Summit

  1. Facilitating the Summit
  2. Discovery
  3. Dream
  4. Design
  5. Destiny


Part IV: After the Summit

  1. Summit Follow-Up
  2. Building the Appreciative Organization
  3. Variations of a Four-Day AI Summit


Part V: Resources
Appendix 1: Sample Pre-Summit Planning Agenda
Appendix 2: Sample Summit Invitation Letter
Appendix 3: Logistics: Summit Sites, Room Set-Up, and Materials
Appendix 4: Sample Workbook

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