International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry


CALL FOR ARTICLES Hope in Times of Despair

Call for Articles

AIP Issue: November 2020

Editors: Jeanie Cockell & Joan McArthur-Blair

Working Title: Hope in Times of Despair – The Practice of Appreciative Resilience

Focus of the Issue

This issue will focus on finding and amplifying hope in times of despair through using and being AI – practicing appreciative resilience. We are particularly interested in how Appreciative Inquiry has been integral to these experiences of hope.

We invite Appreciative Inquiry practitioners to share articles, stories, case studies, reflections, art, images, videos, poetry, research, models and theory regarding hope in times of despair. These contributions can be personal, professional, academic, organizational, community-based… We are seeking a balance of academic and practitioner contributions.

The Invitation

We are inviting practitioners to define and use their own definitions of hope and despair in their contributions. We recognize that there are many definitions of these concepts. In these complex times, as the world is living and working in a time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is ever more compelling to find these stories and share them with the world.

Appreciative Resilience

Appreciative Resilience brings Appreciative Inquiry to bear in the practice of resilience and influences the experience of hope and a hopeful view; finding strength in times of despair; and undertaking the will to forgive. As David Cooperrider has stated; this is considered the third rung of AI where the work is to explore not just the ordinary or the extraordinary but the tragic (despair).

The Passions of the Editors

Jeanie and Joan bring to this issue a passion for deeply understanding what it means to seek hope in times of despair. They bring years of studying and writing about the nature of leadership and the ways in which leaders can undertake to practice appreciative resilience.

Preparing Your Proposed Contribution

Here are some questions that may be useful to reflect upon as you think about your contribution to the issue. They are not intended to be exclusive – go where your contribution takes you.

  • How do you define hope, despair and resilience?
  • What is your story of hope in times of despair?
  • How was Appreciative Inquiry applied in this experience?
  • What theories are you proposing for finding hope in times of despair?
  • How can your ideas be used by others?
  • What are you saying about the practice of resilience?
  • How are you using Appreciative Inquiry processes, theory, principles and tools in this example?
  • How does your story reflect being AI?
  • How does your work on finding hope in times of despair speak to power, privilege and difference?
  • How does your contribution illustrate inclusion?
  • How does your contribution address the issues of systemic despair?


Joan McArthur-Blair & Jeanie Cockell, co-presidents of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting, have authored and co-authored many articles on resilience, leadership and Appreciative Inquiry. They also have co-authored Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (2018) and the second edition of Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2020).

Joan McArthur-Blair is a powerful speaker, writer and facilitator who grounds her education and organizational development work in a deep passion for learning, change and the possibilities of a positive future. She specializes in appreciative resilience and works to foster positive leadership. She brings to her consulting work many years in higher education in positions from faculty to president.

Jeanie Cockell is an educational and organizational consultant who specializes in collaboratively design­ing strategies to surface the wisdom of individuals and groups in order for them to build positive futures and to respond effectively to change. She is a leader in using Appreciative Inquiry and travels worldwide (often virtually) to facilitate workshops, speak at conferences and consult for clients.

To contribute:
We invite you to send a proposal (300 words maximum) by May 1, 2020 for the November 2020 issue of AI Practitioner to Jeanie Cockell,

Final articles, stories, case studies, reflections, art, images, videos, poetry, research, models and theory, can change range from 250 to 1500 words. Art and diagrams should be high resolution, publication ready. Poetry should be formatted for publication. Videos should be 2–5 minutes.


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