Barbara Lewis is widely respected for her award-winning organizational and community engagement skills. She has 35 years experience designing and facilitating creative processes for diverse stakeholders and helping corporate, nonprofit and government entities collaborate on everything from water resources to sustainability planning. In 2000, experiencing first-hand the authentic connections, joyful experience and shared commitment produced by Appreciative Inquiry, she made AI the primary model of her work. She is co-author of “Large Scale Appreciative Inquiry: New Futures through Shared Conversations” in the Social Constructionist Handbook and co-editor of The Promise of Appreciative Cities: Compelling the Whole to Act, an edition of the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner. Her work has been recognized with multiple awards–most recently the Greater Good Award from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) for her contributions to the field.
Education and Professional Experience:
BA in Economics, Colorado College. MS in Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin. 30 years experience in Community Engagement and 15 years experience in Appreciative Inquiry consultation and training.
Areas of Interest:
Large scale change initiatives and local/regional/state government internal change