CORE APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY PRINCIPLES
The Constructionist Principle
Words Create Worlds
Reality, as we know it, is a subjective vs. objective state and is socially created through language and conversations.
The Simultaneity Principle
Inquiry Creates Change
Inquiry is an intervention. The moment we ask a question, we begin to create a change. “The questions we ask are fateful.”
The Poetic Principle
We Can Choose What We Study
Teams and organizations, like open books, are endless sources of study and learning. What we choose to study makes a difference. It describes – even creates – the world as we know it.
The Anticipatory Principle
Image Inspires Action
Human systems move in the direction of their images of the future. The more positive and hopeful the image of the future, the more positive the present-day action.
The Positive Principle
Positive Questions Lead to Positive Change
Momentum for small or large-scale change requires large amounts of positive affect and social bonding. This momentum is best generated through positive questions that amplify the positive core.
EMERGENT APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY PRINCIPLES
The Wholeness Principle
Wholeness Brings Out the Best
Wholeness brings out the best in people and organizations. Bringing all stakeholders together in large group forums stimulates creativity and builds collective capacity.
The Enactment Principle
Acting ‘As If” is Self-Fulfilling
To really make a change, we must “be the change we want to see.”
Positive change occurs when the process used to create the change is a living model of the ideal future.
The Free Choice Principle
Free Choice Liberates Power
People perform better and are more committed when they have the freedom to choose how and what they contribute. Free choice stimulates organizational excellence and positive change.
The Narrative Principle
Stories are Transformative
We construct stories about our lives (personal and professional) and live into them.
The Awareness Principle
Be Conscious of Underlying Assumptions.
Understanding and being aware of our underlying assumptions are important to developing and cultivating good relationships. Practicing cycles of action and reflection can build one’s self-awareness.