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Vision for the AI Commons

The call for positive, life-centered approaches to organization, group, and global change has been sounded by many, and it will take many more to fully explore the vast potential just starting to appear on the horizon. But even now, in the first steps, what is being sensed is an exciting direction in our language and theories of change—an invitation, as some have declared, to “a positive revolution in change.”

In the years since “Appreciative Inquiry into Organizational Life” was first published by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva at Case Western Reserve University in 1987, thousands of people have been engaged in co-creating new practices for doing AI and for bringing the spirit and methodology of AI into organizations all over the world. The velocity of the largely informal spread of the ideas associated with Appreciative Inquiry suggests a growing disenchantment with exhausted theories of change, especially those wedded to vocabularies of human deficit, and a corresponding urge to work with people, groups, and organizations in a more constructive, life affirming, strength-based and spirited way.

Serving as a conduit to connect and magnify this impulse, this AI Commons is marked by one thing: a spirit of generosity. This site is ours together. It will grow exponentially. Draw from this site. Take what you need. Connect it to others. We invite you to share – your tools, stories, new models, links to other domains of positive change theory and practice, and discoveries. Together we are building a better world. Together we will create a positive revolution in change among organizations, communities, groups, families, for our common, global future.

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