Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a process for facilitating positive change in human systems such as organizations, social groups and communities. The AI philosophy is based on the assumption that every human system relies upon basic positive characteristics and processes to function successfully. AI begins by identifying this positive core and developing strategies for connecting to it in ways that heighten energy, sharpen vision and inspire action for change in any human system. By recognizing and balancing the strengths and weaknesses of each member of a diverse organization, AI facilitates complementary organizational processes and a more balanced work flow.
Presented in partnership with the Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the Company of Experts, Inc., the Appreciative Inquiry Certificate Program is designed for human resources professionals and professional development trainers and instructors seeking to broaden areas of expertise, as well as managers and executives responsible for strategic development and planning. Upon successful program completion, participants will earn a certificate of completion from the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as the Appreciative Inquiry Certified Facilitator designation from the Company of Experts, Inc.
Appreciative Inquiry was pioneered in the 1980s by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva, professors at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Appreciative Inquiry consultants have used the appreciative approach to bring about collaborative and strengths-based change in thousands of for-profit and nonprofit organizations around the world, including:
- Avon Mexico
- Ben & Jerry's
- Canadian Department of National Defense
- Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development
- Imagine Chicago
- Nutrimental, Brazil
- Save the Children
- United States Navy
- and many others
View the Extended Studies Professional Development calendar for more courses and certificate programs scheduled throughout the year.