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The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Large-Group Change

This book is a comprehensive practitioner’s guide to the AI Summit methodology – a new way of managing change that combines large-group processes with Appreciative Inquiry. Written by four leading pioneers in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, the guide includes numerous examples from organizations around the world, including McDonald’s, John Deere, Verizon, British Airways, the US Navy, United Religions Initiative, American Red Cross, and many others. The AI Summit has been called “the preferred method when applying whole-scale change to large groups.” Available at Amazon.com.

Over the past decade Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has rapidly emerged as one of the most significant advances in the field of organization development and change. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive practitioner’s guide to the AI Summit. The authors explore the theories of organization change and large-group process on which the AI Summit is based; walk the reader step-by-step through the process of planning, conducting, and following up on an AI Summit; provide a series of case studies of the AI Summit in action; and share essential success factors-what they have learned in their work with AI and large-group processes that contributes to success in large-scale efforts. This book is an essential resource for anyone who works with Appreciative Inquiry, large group interventions, or whole-system change processes.

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding the Appreciative Inquiry Summit
The AI Summit Process: Start to Finish
The AI Summit in Action: Twelve Case Examples
Why AI Summits Produce Results
Essential Conditions for Success

Part II: Before the Summit
Sponsoring an AI Summit
Planning the Summit
Creating a Design for the Summit

Part III: During the Summit
Facilitating the Summit

Part IV: After the Summit
Summit Follow-Up
Building the Appreciative Organization
Variations of a Four-Day AI Summit

Part V: Resources
Appendix 1: Sample Pre-Summit Planning Agenda
Appendix 2: Sample Summit Invitation Letter
Appendix 3: Logistics: Summit Sites, Room Set-Up, and Materials
Appendix 4: Sample Workbook

James D Ludema, Diana Whitney, Bernard J. Mohr and Thoman J. Griffin

Berrett-Koehler (2003)

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