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The Fowler Center For Sustainable Value
The Fowler Center is the home of the Business as an Agent of World Benefit Global Forum. The centre advances business innovation and social entrepreneurship through discovering how the social and global issues of our day can become business opportunities. Click here to learn more.
Strengths-Based Organizational Development
The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Commons is a worldwide portal devoted to sharing academic resources and practical tools on AI and the discipline of positive change. Click here to visit the website.
Innovation Partners International
Consulting firm Innovation Partners International (IPI) specializes in building strength-based organizations using an Appreciative Inquiry approach.
The AI Practitioner is an international journal focused on positive relational approaches to change. Published four times a year, every issue includes articles by thought leaders, professionals and practitioners in the field. Topics include strength-based organizations, leadership, project management, engagement and strategic planning. Visit www.aipractitioner.com to learn more.
WorldBlu is a for-profit social enterprise whose mission is to foster the growth of democratically-run companies around the world. WorldBlu hosts an annual list of Most Democratic Workplaces, where company employees complete a survey evaluating their organization’s practice of 10 democratic principles, such as transparency, integrity and accountability.
Visit www.worldblu.com to access resources about organizational democracy.
How To Change Your World By Sharing Stakeholder Stories
This e-book provides a resource for anyone interested in a fun, new method to engage their stakeholders. Outlining a framework for Stakeholder News, author Peter Pula describes the different factors in play when it comes to organizations effectively and consistently engaging stakeholders. The importance of engaging stakeholders, asking catalytic questions, writing well and posting frequently is explored. Find it here.
Encyclopedia of Positive Questions, Vol. 1: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Bring Out the Best in Your Organization
For any organization or newsroom that’s looking to facilitate conversations that catalyze change, this book is a must-have. The Encyclopedia of Positive Questions has 40 topics, each with its own introduction and question set. The questions have the power to transform your approach to leadership and organizational development while helping people discover their strengths. Asking questions that bring out the best in your organization will identify assets and motivate your people to work towards a positive vision of the future. Written by AI experts Diana Whitney, David Cooperrider, Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Brian S. Kaplin, this is a book that should be on the desk of every corporate journalist. Find it here.
Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity
This Taos Institute focus book provides a concise introduction and overview of Appreciative Inquiry, explaining what it is, why it is important and what it looks like. The book includes examples from the U.S. Navy and the Medic Inn. This is a great, quick read for anyone interested to learn about the organizational development approach that focuses on strengths and bringing out the best in organizations. Written by Frank J. Barrett and Ronald E. Fry, this book is a highly recommended read. Find it here.