|Constructionist Principle||Words create worlds||Reality, as we know it, is a subjective vs. objective state and is socially created through language and conversations.|
|Simultaneity Principle||Inquiry creates change||The moment we ask a question, we begin to create a change. “The questions we ask are fateful.”|
|Poetic Principle||We can choose what we study||Teams and organizations, like open books, are endless sources of study and learning. What we choose to study makes a difference. It describes – even creates – the world as we know it.|
|Anticipatory Principle||Images inspire action||Human systems move in the direction of their images of the future. The more positive and hopeful the image of the future, the more positive the present-day action.|
|Positive Principle||Positive questions lead to positive change||Momentum for [small or] large-scale change requires large amounts of positive affect and social bonding. This momentum is best generated through positive questions that amplify the positive core|
– From Cooperrider, D.L., & Whitney, D. A Positive Revolution in Change: Appreciative Inquiry. Taos, NM: Corporation for Positive Change, 1999.