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Very briefly, it is rooted in an emerging paradigm of looking for what is "right" and moves toward it, understanding that in the forward movement toward the ideal, the greatest value is embracing what works.  

By focusing on what is "right" than what is wrong, AI gives us access to the kind of energy that can be transformative.  

AI begins with the belief that we have choice - that we can consciously choose (in the Gestalt sense) what we "see" and act upon. In both the personal and social realms, we can choose to focus on problems, needs and deficits - the traditional problem-solving approach. Or, we can choose to see possibilities, capabilities and assets - the basis of AI.  

Rather than "accepting reality", we see what we call "reality" is defined by what we choose to see, what we choose to think and talk about, what we choose to act upon. It follows that we have the capacity to create the kind of future we desire.  

SAIDI is pleased to bring this "new way" of learning. Dr. Rosalina Fuentes, the main facilitator, has been trained by the research himself, Dr. David Cooperrider. He started and popularized this concept.  

Appreciative Inquiry and Its Practice:

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For more information about AI, see

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AI Books

by David Cooperrider

AI Book - A Positive Revolution in Change

Case Magazine Article on AI Origins and Impact

Child As Agent

Organization Dimensions of Global Change


Sustainable Innovation

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