The “DNA” of Appreciative Inquiry

As with any new approach to organization change, the question is asked, “What are the essential components of this approach?” Or, “What are the basic building blocks that make a process Appreciative Inquiry rather than some other kind of organization change approach?” In other words, “What is the DNA of AI?”

The DNA building blocks (essential ingredients) of AI are:

1. First, the beliefs and values that emerge from the five core principles plus the additional principle of wholeness, a concept added to the list as the powerful impact of AI as a theory of change became better understood:

(1) Constructionist

(2) Simultaneity

(3) Anticipatory

(4) Poetic

(5) Positive

(6) Wholeness

2. Second, the five ...

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