Pioneering the Appreciative Inquiry Revolution with David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider, PhD, is a professor, Founder of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and Honorary Chair of the Cooperrider Center. David joins host Dr. Lindsey Godwin to share his definition and perspectives on three decades of global Appreciative Inquiry work.

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“People don’t resist change, they resist being changed by others. We are hardwired to love change when it’s done in a way that brings forward hope… joy… learning.”

— Dr. David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider, PhD, is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Currently David serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. David is best known as the co-creator and creative thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). His founding work with AI is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and collaborative design. Cooperrider’s work is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale.

David shares stories of how Appreciative Inquiry first developed, how he’s applied it in his own life, and how he’s seen others use AI to create positive change in their lives and the world for over 30 years. Highlighting many of the themes we’ve discussed throughout this season, he answers questions you’ve likely been wondering. He also details the powerful role of language in bringing people together in a creative mode, practicing Appreciative Inquiry, and realizing transformation.

Episode Highlights:

  • The origin story of the term “Appreciative Inquiry”.
  • Why the “whole system” approach is so important in the Appreciative Inquiry model.
  • “Words create worlds.” – What is the meaning behind that phrase?
  • Reframing as a core principle of Appreciative Inquiry & how David brought reframing to life in his own health journey.
  • Why storytelling is a powerful tool and a core part of any appreciative process.
  • Appreciative questions you can take with you into work, relationships, personal health, and more.

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