CHAPTER 3Eight Principles of Appreciative Inquiry

When it comes to Appreciative Inquiry, principles and practice go hand in hand. The practice of Appreciative Inquiry is informed by a series of eight principles—essential beliefs and values about human organizing and change. These principles, in turn, evolve as successful practice reveals new and different understandings of how positive change works.

The eight principles of Appreciative Inquiry are as unique as the practices to which they have given birth. Derived from three generalized streams of thought—social constructionism, image theory, and grounded research—the principles suggest that human organizing and change is a positive, socially interactive process of discovering and crafting life-affirming, ...

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