CHAPTER 11Appreciative Inquiry: A Process for Community Planning

Over the past decade, many types of communities have used Appreciative Inquiry to create new kinds of conversations, leading to positive and powerful outcomes. Using Appreciative Inquiry, cities, states, counties, and national communities, religious communities, health-care communities, and professional communities of practice have articulated long-term directions, created visions for their future, built bridges across diverse populations, and forged innovative plans, policies, and programs for a sustainable future.

These initiatives have proven Appreciative Inquiry’s efficacy as a process uniquely suited to community planning. They have also expanded our sense of what it means ...

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