Appreciative Inquiry: Sparking Organizational Innovation & Engagement (AI)

Venue: University of Kansas School of Nursing

Location: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

Event Date/Time: Feb 27, 2009 End Date/Time: Apr 16, 2009
Registration Date: Apr 01, 2009
Early Registration Date: Apr 16, 2009
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In today’s competitive practice environment, we need strategies to create a positive environment and working conditions that spark organizational innovation, renew employee excitement and enthusiasm, and improve retention. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a radically different approach to change created by David Cooperrider and his colleague, Suresh Srivastva, in 1987. Learn how AI can assist you and others in your organization to tap into the three basic human needs identified by Cooperrider:

-Have a voice and be heard.
-Be viewed as essential to a group.
-Be seen as unique and exceptional.

Soren Kaplan and Lindsey Godwin, Cooperrider’s associates, will introduce you to the theoretical foundations and assumptions of AI and the "4-D Model." They will guide you and your team to develop an AI plan focused on your specific practice environment and provide you with the practical tools and techniques to create the same extraordinary results that other organizations are achieving.

We know from experience that problem-focused change models fail to generate excitement, enthusiasm or innovation and can increase defensiveness and resistance to change. Rather than focusing on problems, Appreciative Inquiry—a philosophy as well as a generative, strength-based approach to change—engages the group in meaningful dialogue. You discover what is already working and then design mechanisms to do more of what works. By focusing on the positive, Appreciative Inquiry inspires hope, reaffirms shared values and invites action toward a desired future state.


3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City
United States

Additional Information

Payment is required at the time of registration. Only registrations accompanied with payment will be accepted. Please register in advance. Fees include course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and continuing nursing education credit. Fees include continental breakfast, networking lunch, afternoon snack, materials, and Continuing Education credit. By April 1 After April 1 Regular $175 $195 Students $50 $50