[from book part 5 – WHO AM I TO APPRECIATE]

Is there something you really would like to see happen in your environment?

Would you like to initiate this change?

How can Appreciative Inquiry help you?


Perhaps the aforementioned three questions are sufficient to invite you to a bit of daydreaming. Perhaps you are also interested in the ‘change and development goals’ of others who considered embracing Appreciative Inquiry.

The young student Gerwin worked as a buddy for autistic children and chose to study AI particularly for refining his conversational skills.

Learning consultant Monique experienced some personal struggles during the AI-program. She graduated successfully on the comparison between AI and the Socratic conversation.

Quality manager Angelique advised her organization (in mental health support) to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the company in a large AI summit together with 250 stakeholders. She applied her AI knowledge in all stages of organizing the summit.

Self employed conflict mediator Alexandra used her AI skills to open up her own proposition to others, enabling the co-creation of a much richer social enterprise.

Senior organizational consultant Jonny initiated change within the social affairs department of a large city, together with colleagues who also followed the AI learning program. The team managed to change attitudes amongst the employment support professionals into an appreciative approach of their clients. (From ‘job searchers’ to ‘job finders’.)

Eight participants of our last AI learning journey decided, besides their own case study, to organize a collective masterpiece: a public AI summit about the way volunteer workers are appreciated in their organizations, compared to paid co-workers.


Which of these examples inspired you the most?


You’ve just read one of the 100 chapters of my book Appreciative Inquiries of the 3.0 Kind. Find out more (and a special pre-ordering offer) on www.appreciativeinquiries.eu

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Cees Hoogendijk
Twenty five years of experience in guiding and facilitating midsized and large organizations in their sustainable development. Focus on the organization as emerging complex of people relations. Enabling senior managers to understand their organizations from the panoptical perspective, and act accordingly as connectors. Appreciative Inquiry as style and life style and bringing it further through education. Main projects involve dialogical development of practical plans to implement policy and strategy, cocreating advanced learning environments by enhancing the role of in-corporate academies, large scale management development infrastructures, bringing further the vertical dialogue and appreciative inquiry and asynchronous reciprocity ... inviting you all into Society 3.0.