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The Power of Appreciative Inquiry, 2nd Edition by Diana D. Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom

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Foreword

Since the first edition of The Power of Appreciative Inquiry in 2003, there has been a remarkable explosion of interest, innovation, and powerful business applications of the theory and practice of what many now simply call AI—that is, Appreciative Inquiry. Many of the major consulting firms, such as McKinsey and PWC, have brought AI concepts not only into their client engagements but also into their own leadership and organization development work.

In 2004, Kofi Annan, then secretary-general of the United Nations, designed a world summit using the AI summit method to bring together some five hundred CEOs for the largest meeting of its kind ever held at the UN. The purpose—“to unite the strengths of markets with the power of universal ...

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