Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a philosophy, a world view, a process for aligning organizational goals with the assets and values of the people within the system. AI can be a powerful perspective and process that engages people at all levels of the organization. AI can foster enthusiasm for and high commitment to effective change.Used throughout the world, the Appreciative Inquiry approach is equally effective in large businesses and small intimate systems. It can be a perspective on any process - coaching leaders, creating and strengthening teams, resolving differences, valuing diversity, redesigning organizations, strategic planning - as well as a process for creating community and addressing social issues. In fact, AI shifts the entire process of action research from deficit-based problem solving to strength-based solution focused theory. By searching out the positive, the generative, the creative, AI enables organizations and individuals to change at the speed of imagination - a skill much to be desired in these times of rapid and discontinuous change.Combining theory and experiential learning, the program will immerse participants in the practice of enabling clients to identify what gives life to their systems in ways that create agile, adaptive, and creative organizations. This certificate program not only teaches the use of AI as a process for change in human systems, but also includes the major addition of providing skills that will increase understanding of the use of self as an agent of change, enhance contracing skills, and develop capacity to utilize experiential learning as a process for fostering creativity. This combination produces change agents with the capacity for excellence in all the required functions of a master change agent.The AI Certificate Program is a collaboration between the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
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