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Video Tour of the Community Summit Process

Promote the Idea


Build Internal Support


Build Interest Among
Community Partners


Co-create the Future


Promote Local Innovation


Inspire Action

Appreciative Inquiry Process and Agreement

While your organization may choose another human-centered design methodology, IEEE PES is featuring the AI process used in Worcester, MA because of its demonstrated effectiveness at catalyzing large groups of people tackling large challenges.  To receive the discount negotiated with IEEE, hosts interested in working with Dr. David Cooperrider should contract with IEEE.

Biography of Dr. David Cooperrider

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While the contract itself will be executed by and payments processed through IEEE, attached are the terms of the Event Agreement with respect to arrangements, travel, videotaping, and cancellations.  The Learning Circle is the business organization who handles Dr. Cooperriders' engagements. 
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The AI Summit method was created by David Cooperrider and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve University and is being used by cities, corporations,  and communities of all kinds--from the US Navy to the UN, and from Hewlett-Packard to National Grid, the city of Cincinnati, and United Way.  It is a "roll up our sleeves" 2-3 day future-focused working session session that is not top down or bottom up--it is whole.   While at first it seems incomprehensible that large groups of hundreds or more people in the room can be effective in unleashing system-wide strategies, making organizational decisions, and designing rapid prototypes, this is exactly what is happening in organizations and communities around the world.    

An appreciative inquiry summit is a large group planning, designing, or implementation meeting that brings a whole system of internal and external strengths together in a concentrated way to work on a task of strategic importance. Moreover, it is a meeting where everyone is engaged as designers, across all relevant and resource-rich boundaries, to share leadership and take ownership for making the future of some big league opportunity successful. The meeting appears bold at first, but is based on a simple notion: that when it comes to strengths-based management, there is nothing that brings out the best in human systems—faster, more consistently, and more effectively—than the power of the of “the whole.” It’s not about (isolated) strengths, per se, but about configurations, combinations, and interfaces. It’s all about the chemistry of strengths and it is based on the asset-based concept of leadership first articulated by Peter Drucker: "the task of leadership" said the father of management thought, "is to create an alignment of strengths in ways that make a system's weaknesses irrelevant."