International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry


About AI and AI Practitioner

AI Practitioner is brought to the world by a partnership between the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, and Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company.

Read the announcement of the partnership here.

  • We aim to build a community of individuals and organisations. Our goal is to support a flourishing community of AI practitioners who in turn support each other in their workpractices.
  • We are especially interested in collaborating with universities, where both rigorous research and future generations of activists and ambassadors are created.
  • Together we can create a movement that helps build an appreciative, curious, democratic society. We can make AI Practitioner the platform for an Appreciative (R)evolution.

AI Practitioner is designed to highlight examples, case studies and research on strength-based approaches to change with special emphasis on Appreciative Inquiry. AI is about the search for the best in people, their organisations and the relevant world around them. At its broadest, Appreciative Inquiry involves the systematic discovery of what gives ‘life’ to a person, a system, an organisation,  a community when it is most alive, most effective and most constructively capable of supporting the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits.

Advisory Editorial Board
Keith Storace (Australia)
Luc Verheijen (co-publisher; Belgium)
Larissa Loures (Brazil)
Joan McArthur-Blair (Canada)
Ignacio Pavez (Chile)
Jean Pagès (France)
Neena Verma (India)
Joep C. de Jong (Netherlands)
Saskia Tjepkema (co-publisher; Netherlands)
Jacqueline Wong (Singapore)
Tanya Cruz Teller (South Africa)
Jacqueline Stavros (USA)
Lindsey N. Godwin (co-publisher; USA)


The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry
The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry is the global Center of Excellence in Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based organizational management. Situated in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business at Champlain College, the Center:

  • Provides cutting-edge educational offerings in AI and Positive Organizational Development,
  • Provides AI-related organizational consultancy services to organizations,
  • Serves as a scholarship incubator that advances the theory and practice of AI across all organizational sectors around the world.


Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company, is an international group of professionals with a passion for learning and development. From our bases in The Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Germany we support individuals, organisations and communities around the world in learning & development issues. We strive for solutions that build individual growth, sustainable organisational development, and social change.

We call ourselves The Learning Company because:

  • Learning is at the heart of what we do: we aim to create and facilitate powerful learning processes.
  • We want to be good company: we believe the best solutions are developed in partnerships.
  • We constantly renew our organisation and approaches. Our company is our ‘laboratory’ where we experiment and find our own answers for learning & development questions.
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