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Invitation to Contribute to the November 2024

AI Practitioner issue on “Naturalising AI” 

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How can we make Appreciating and Inquiring as Natural as Breathing, the way it was when we were infants? 

I am Nick Heap, Guest Editor of the issue. I am looking for stories, ideas, practices, tools, reflections, poems, questions – or things I haven’t considered. There might be ways you have used Appreciative Inquiry without calling it “AI” or using jargon. There could be things you did that were consistent with the theory and practice before you knew about AI. Or they might be future possibilities, as well as concrete experience. 

It would be ideal to have contributions written in plain language. You can write something immediately or send me a summary or outline of what you would like to say. It’s up to you. 

Why is “Naturalising AI” important? 

Appreciative Inquiry is a powerful, optimistic, and satisfying way to get good things to happen. It deserves to be widely known and used. It is easy to grasp, but looking for what works and building on that isn’t the normal way we do politics, education, health, manage relationships or work together. The world will be a much better place when we get it to spread! 

Any comments or questions on any of this are welcome. 


I’m looking for contributions up to 2500 words in length; podcasts; blogs; photo or visual essays – whatever is most natural for you to share your ideas about naturalising AI. 

Outlines or summaries should be received by June, 2024. Final versions of the articles will need to be submitted by the beginning of August 2024. 

Getting in touch 

Please contact me by email, WhatsApp +44 7879 861525. You can book a call here. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Nick 

Call for Articles

What we ASK ChatGPT determines what we FIND. 

What we FIND determines how we TALK to each other and with ChatGPT. 

How we TALK determines how we and ChatGPT SEE our future. 

How we SEE our future determines what we CREATE altogether 

(Vivien Hau, Inspired by Cooperrider & Whitney) 

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Working title: 

AI2 – Blending Appreciative Inquiry with Artificial Intelligence 

Editors: David Shaked & Vivien Hau 

Focus of the Issue: 

Many of us, AI practitioners and enthusiasts, have had to clarify, when talking about “AI”, what we mean by that acronym. Outside the world of Appreciative Inquiry, most people have linked AI with artificial intelligence. We know Appreciative Inquiry is very different and unrelated to artificial intelligence; there is nothing “artificial” about it. We want the world to recognise and appreciate its uniqueness and its power to drive positive transformation. We know “our AI” is truly an enabler of generative conversations leading to creative possibilities for the future. 

As long as artificial intelligence was limited to advanced academic research, science fiction movies or specific business applications, the distinction was obvious. However, with the rapid development and arrival of easy-to-access and widely used generative language tools such as ChatGPT, Bard, Dall-E, Midjourney, Pi and others, has the time arrived to connect the two AIs and benefit from the strengths of both? How might artificial intelligence enhance the practice of Appreciative Inquiry, and vice versa? 

We know that words create worlds. The current artificial intelligence tools are generative, both potentially shaping how we see the world, as well as how our future generations experience the world. There is still time for us to create a better world through shaping the lens artificial intelligence sees the world. How might we build or enhance safety in using these tools rather than focus on reducing risks? How might Appreciative Inquiry help improve the conversations around artificial Intelligence? How might the questions we ask shape artificial intelligence? 

Possible Topics & Guiding Questions 

In this edition, we would like to explore, to learn with the community, and further expand the knowledge about how artificial intelligence and Appreciative Inquiry amplify the impact of each other. What ways, tools, processes and new thinking is available and has been tried around the world with this unique combination? We would like to hear from anyone who has tried to combine artificial Intelligence and Appreciative Inquiry. We would also love to gather stories from all sectors and from around the world. 

The following questions might provide some direction for your article: 

  • What inspired you (or those you worked with) to consider marrying artificial intelligence with Appreciative Inquiry? 
  • How did you and/or others use artificial intelligence tools within your Appreciative Inquiry interventions? 
  • How did the use of artificial intelligence tools contribute to your work and/or the Appreciative Inquiry process or intervention? What insights did you gain along the way? 
  • How can Appreciative Inquiry contribute to the development of a better world through artificial intelligence? (Even if this is not put into practice yet, any ideas are welcomed) 
  • What surprised or delighted you and others about this combination? 
  • What is your best advice to those seeking to bring in artificial intelligence tools to their Appreciative Inquiry practise? Would you suggest certain boundaries in terms of usage of this technology? 

Finally, what do we need to consider now to ensure Appreciative Inquiry, continues to thrive as a relational, dialogical and generative practice? How might Appreciative Inquiry be helpful to the growing communities of users and developers of artificial intelligence tools? These tools are developing and evolving rapidly. New tools will be developed. We invite you to go further and higher, to dream about yet undiscovered possibilities – what artificial technology tools would you love to have in your Appreciative Inquiry practice? 

We are curious to know what ideas will be generated when we come together as a league of AI2. 

How to contribute: 

To ensure sufficient time is left for us to consider your proposal and for you to write the article, we invite you to send a proposal (300 words maximum) by 10th November, 2023 to David Shaked at: We will respond to your proposal by 20th November 2023. We will prioritise the articles proposed in this round. A later target date for the submission of proposal is also possible – these proposals must be submitted by the 16th February 2024. We encourage you to submit your proposals as early as possible to ensure we can include them in this edition. We may not be able to include all proposals submitted in the second round. The complete article drafts of all accepted proposals must be submitted by 15th March 2024. 

Your final article can range from 800 to a maximum of 2000 words. Art, charts and diagrams should be provided separately in high resolution, publication ready. 

Call for Articles for May 2023 issue of AI Practitioner

Appreciative Inquiry for Life: Working with nature in a time of ecological crisis

Guest Editor: Joeri Kabalt

‘The more clearly we focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.’ – Rachel Carson

Life has always been at the heart of Appreciative Inquiry. What gives life? What helps this group or that system to thrive? Our current ecological crisis calls us to critically reflect upon our responsibility and potential contribution as AI practitioners in this turbulent time. What if we chose even more radically to place all of life, including the more-than-human world (Abram, 1996), at the centre of everything we do? What could that look like? What would we do differently?

Even in their original article on AI, Cooperrider and Srivastva (1987) stressed the importance of ‘reverence for life’: the wonder and awe that come from recognising we are part of a world that is alive. This enchanted and participative worldview (Berman, 1981; Bennett, 2001) that focuses on kinship and interconnectedness seems even more important now to strengthen our sense of belonging and affection for the world around us and to serve as a call to step up for our planet.

Questions we would like to explore in this special issue are:

  • If we take participation seriously and aim to ‘get the whole system in the room’, how do we include and invite the voices of the more-than-human world? How do we give places, rivers, mountains and animals a say?
  • How can we invite leaders in organisations and beyond to reconnect to their sense of wonder and felt experience of interconnectedness with nature? How do we balance the tension of urgency and grief in climate crisis with care and creativity with nature?
  • How might we help to create new possibilities and generative images for the future that invite and mobilise people to act? What practices do we have to invite long-term and intergenerational thinking and action?
  • How can we work, inspired by and in partnership with nature, to create new cultures in organisations? How might we help to shape new narratives of purpose and progress that are characterised by care for all life on our planet?
  • What could (or even should) be our unique contributions as AI practitioners in response to the climate emergency? What skills or practices do we have that can make a difference at this time of crisis and collapse?

Contributions from your research, practices and experiences

We are looking for articles that explore one or more of the questions above, in a wide variety of contexts: teams, leadership, organisations, communities. Alongside research and practices from within the international AI community, we also explicitly welcome contributions from people who work with Action Research, ecology, nature connection or indigenous wisdom. We are particularly interested in case studies and practices that put the questions above to work: experiments, methods or cases in which you have tried to work with nature, as well as your insights and lessons.

For the final written submissions, we will be making a distinction between longer in-depth articles that combine theory and practice (around 2000 words) and ‘glimpses’: short stories of moments when you worked with nature (about 500 words). Art and graphics should be in high resolution and ready for publication. Poetry should be formatted for publication. Video links are also encouraged.

Making a Proposal / Draft:

Please let us know of your interest and submit your abstract by November the 1st 2022 using this link:



by Keith Storace


Sometimes I think of the billions of souls

who have existed throughout history

and their unique experience 

of life on earth –

The collective imagination of each generation,

especially in times of uncertainty,

and the resilience that emerges

seems to tell a similar story:

The grief, joy, fear, and love

with which we live our lives

makes us who we are

and transforms humanity

from generation to generation;

we are each other.


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In the Galaxy of Love

In the Galaxy of Love

by Neena Verma


We came cloaked

in the ache of our wounds.

On a numbing rollercoaster of longing,

through dark underground tunnel of trauma,

from the home that had come apart

by the shattering earthquake of loss.

Chained in pain, we sat with our grief

And allowed our tears to cleanse our pain.

We walked into the dark night of soul.

We implored the grey of evening twilight,

And gifted it our innermost light.

We sowed strength

in the garden of our sorrow.

And held in reverence

the Sun that rose in our courtyard,

the flower of grace that bloomed

and filled the underground tunnel

with its fragrance of faith.

Thus began our growth pilgrimage,

ensuing from the rollercoaster of grief.

The chinks of resilience showed up

and undid the chains of pain.

We walked into the

blackhole of our lament.

And woke up

in the galaxy of love.


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Share your reflections, comments, inspirations and energy on this page. We will be adding contributions to the AI Practitioner website blog page daily to help you keep track of all the great things that are happening in our virtual shared space. Have a great Jam, see you there!


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Call for Articles: Learning and Leveraging Generative Approaches to Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Call for Articles for November 2022 issue of AI Practitioner

Learning and Leveraging Generative Approaches to Intercultural, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion*

Co-editors: Ilene Wasserman, Marlene Ogawa and Tanya Cruz Teller

Taking an organizational development and change approach to intercultural, diversity, equity and inclusion (ICDEI) has paralleled the path of Appreciative Inquiry as a community of practice.  Leading practitioners who helped shape the field of ICDEI took a systems approach to change, often beginning with diagnosis, findings, recommendations and implementation.  In the past two decades, some have adapted their approaches with the influence of dialogic and social constructionist approaches informed by Positive Organizational Scholarship, Appreciative Inquiry, Coordinated Management of Meaning and other related theoretical frameworks.

In the past couple of years, the interest in ICDEI in organizations has grown exponentially, in large part due to the awareness raised and call to action from the George Floyd murder.  Processes for intervening and training programs have been greatly sought after.  As an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner whether you are new to ICDEI practice or have worked in this space for a long time, we invite you to consider sharing lessons learned from your work.

What are you discovering and learning from this work?  How has this work transformed individuals and collectives in the system? What has been your biggest lesson and discovery about yourself? We are inviting you to contribute to a special issue focusing on using Appreciative Inquiry processes, principles and tools to address ICDEI with clients and within your organisations and institutions.

Contributions from your research, practices and experiences

We are looking for articles that connect your work in ICDEI to Appreciative Inquiry in a variety of organizational contexts and generational perspectives. We encourage people of all ages and positions to contribute stories about situations, times or groups (e.g. age cohorts) where Appreciative Inquiry and/or strengths-based disciplines have been applied to ICDEI, what the results, short- or long-term have been, and what factors made the intervention successful. Creative contributions and formats are welcome.

The final written submissions will range from 500 to 2000 words. Art and graphics should be in high resolution and ready for publication. Poetry should be formatted for publication. Video links are also encouraged.

Please let us know of your interest and submit your abstract by Monday, April 4th using this link

We welcome the opportunity to highlight a variety of work happening around the world where AI increases diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace with the hope of showcasing or advancing the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry. This is especially timely given the global events that interconnect us.

*Intercultural competence is a range of cognitive, affective, and behavioural skills that lead to effective and appropriate communication between people of two or more cultures. Intercultural work can take place in multicultural or cross-cultural context, within national borders or around the world. Diversity is across a broad range of markers such as but not limited to: race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, gender identity, neuro and physical abilities, socioeconomic class, spiritual, nationality, citizenship, language and so many more. (For a list of 39 diversity markers in the workplace see:


Making a Proposal / Draft:

Are you enthused by the thought of contributing to this issue? Is your brain already generating ideas and contributions?

Important Deadlines:

April 4, 2022: Proposal or Overview/Outline of contribution Due

June 25, 2022: First Draft Due

August 26, 2022: Final Article Due:  Please submit the following:

  • The article
  • An abstract/synopsis (no more than 60 words)
  • Any graphics/photos to accompany it, with captions, permissions agreed and also attribution where relevant
  • For the author(s): bio (40 words or less); photo; email address to accompany the article

October 1, 2022:  Final edits to Contributors Sent

Thriving Women Thriving World: An Invitation to Dialogue, Healing, and Inspired Actions

Appreciative Resources by Sandra Adkins

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Thriving Women Thriving World:
An Invitation to Dialogue, Healing, and Inspired Actions

Diana Whitney, Jessica Cocciolone, Caroline Adams Miller, Haesun Moon, Kathryn Britton, Alejandra León De La Barra, Angela Koh, Tanya Cruz Teller and Marlene Ogawa

TAOS Institute Publications, 2019

ISBN (e-book) 978-1-938552-72-4

ISBN (paperback) 978-1-938552-68-8

Thriving Women Thriving World is less a book for reading than it is a book for doing. The text is designed guide us through the challenges of the #MeToo movement and the variety of struggles gender bias and discrimination have created more broadly, applying the approaches of Appreciative Inquiry to co-create a future where all women can thrive.

A mix of stories, poetry – and questions

The content is a mixture of personal stories, poetry – and most importantly questions to guide constructive dialogue, focussing on what works in supporting women to thrive, improving difficult situations, and creating a better future more systemically.

The authors offer ways to use the text in a range of applications, from personal reflection and journaling through women’s retreats to corporate organizations. Working in a large global organization myself, I can easily see that using the discussion guides could facilitate workshops as part of our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, or within business resource/affinity groups.

I’ve seen many “listening sessions” where women share stories of bias and discrimination they’ve experienced in the workplace, including sexual harassment and microaggressions. While it’s essential to be aware of what people are experiencing, these sessions can be very draining when not coupled with a path towards solutions, to what has worked in addressing these issues successfully. The topics “women supporting women” and “men supporting women” would be excellent additions to these sorts of listening sessions.

In taking on discussions of “allies we know and love,” “supporting and celebrating women,” or “allies calling out injustice,” imagine the power of not only calling out existing injustices but also calling out when an ally has stood up against them or when changes have been made in policies to address them.

AI in difficult spaces

Appreciative dialogues are powerful in these difficult spaces. I have known many men who want to be allies to women or women who want to better support other women, but who don’t always know how or what that looks like in action. By gathering and sharing stories of what allyship looks like in every day and what we’ve seen work well in other parts of our lives or organizations, we can rally around solutions and actions while spending less time focusing on what isn’t working.

Some topics covered are more comfortable than others, such as “leveraging financial savvy” or “living life as a work of art.” For uncomfortable topics such as “claiming ownership of our bodies” and “healing from relational abuse” some might feel that, due to their gravely serious nature, the tone of Appreciative Inquiry feels less natural. However, while I found these sections of the book made me uneasy, I also found them rewarding. My initial concerns were the discussion of what thriving women do when faced with situations like physical or sexual abuse. Would there be too much onus on the individual women and how they handled the situation versus the systemic factors that contribute to such abuses in the first place?

A balance of focus

But there was a balance in focusing on actions within an individual woman’s control, how women (and men) can support each other to be safe or to heal from abuses and, critically, an exploration of sustainable solutions to change behavior among men, the law, governments, and culture to support women and keep them from harm.

These sections of the book, while difficult, are essential. And while it can feel almost dismissive at first glance to approach, the authors do a nice job at balancing the delicate conversation around such painful topics in a constructive light, with a focus on solutions for both healing past harms and preventing harms in the future.

As mentioned in the beginning, this is not a book for reading but for doing. Full benefits will only be achieved by taking time to pick sections that resonate with you and sit with them, writing, reflecting and taking action to do more of what works in our lives and in our communities. To spread those benefits even further, engaging with others in dialogue, storytelling and workshops around such important topics will help enable us to start moving towards more of what we need in the world to foster an environment where all women and girls can thrive with ease.

Call for Submissions: Virtual Technology – The Wholeness Principle Accelerator

Topic: Technology and the Wholeness Principle:

Hosting a webinar or virtual event, or creating a podcast is easier than ever. At the same time, there is also a great need for human connection, wholeness, and the ability to bring diverse and broad groups of people together for positive change. This environment is the perfect accelerator for Appreciative Inquiry (AI) practitioners to intentionally evolve using new online technologies and virtual tools. Technology is defined as the sum of tools, platforms, techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as an appreciative inquiry. Our focus for this 2021 edition is specifically online, virtual technologies.

We are interested in exploring how the capacity to integrate technology into AI has evolved since the 2008 issue of AI Practitioner which focused on the digital shift, and how you are using technology today to enhance and improve your ability to engage the “whole system.”

The emergent Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Wholeness Principle will be fundamental to this issue: “Wholeness brings out the best in people and organizations. Bringing all stakeholders together in large group forums stimulates creativity and builds collective capacity.”

We want to know how you are considering race, global inclusion, class, generational differences, and access when choosing your technology partners and tools, and what has worked the best in your work.

The articles and submissions will focus on the process of incorporating the emergent Wholeness Principle into your work and the results you have achieved through technology, rich content, virtual connection, and amplifying generative change online. We would also like to create a reference tool to showcase the technology that is working well in today’s climate.

Ideas for Contributions (from your research, practices, and experiences):

  • Have you used technology to deliver AI practices, processes, tools, or principles such as a Summit, SOAR, AI communications (e.g., news, research), etc.?
  • Are you an expert in technologies who can articulate how to evaluate designs, products, and platforms for ease of use and accessibility in applying AI?
  • How has technology enabled or amplified more diversity, equity, and inclusion in your AI work?
  • Do you have a story about how technology has amplified your ability to evolve in your AI work?
  • Do you feel technology is necessary for today’s AI facilitators?
  • Are you familiar with an AI practitioner, or are you one, who has flourished in the virtual space and want to highlight this work?
  • How is technology relevant to the Wholeness Principle?
  • What have you learned in using technology to bridge global or intergenerational gaps in your AI practice?
  • What is your dream for the future of technology and AI practitioners?
  • The digital divide is real. Technology has and can amplify systemic exclusion. How have you been able to change this reality, bridge the divide, address systemic equity with technology and AI?

Ways to Contribute:

We are looking for articles that connect your work with technology incorporating the Wholeness Principle, how you have been successful, advice and dreams for how we can continually evolve AI work through the use of online tools and platforms.

The final written submissions will range from 500-2000 words. Art and graphics should be in high resolution and ready for publication. Poetry should be formatted for publication. Video links are also encouraged.

Making a Proposal / Draft:

Are you as excited as we are to share this information and dive into how technology will embrace and lift up our work in the future of this virtual / blended space? We look forward to hearing how you intentionally enact the Wholeness Principle in how you choose and apply virtual technology. We are so excited to hear what you are already doing!

Submit Proposal via our online form:

Important Deadlines:

02 April 2021: Proposal or Overview/Outline of Contribution

18 June 2021: First Draft Due

31 August 2021: Final Draft Due

October 2021: AIP Editor will provide you a press proof copy before article goes to print


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Design for Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths – A BOOK APPRECIATION BY Ankur Dhanuka

Book Appreciation by Ankur Dhanuka


Ankur is a highly qualified finance professional (CA, CS, MBA, DBF) with two decades of banking and entrepreneurial experience. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and people development, a keen mentor, an author, trainer and a key note speaker.

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Design for Strengths: Applying Design Thinking to Individual and Team Strengths

By John K. Coyle

The Art of Really Living LLC, 2018

ISBN – 9781732094215

The book’s interesting title led me to pick it up. In the past two decades, two disparate themes have emerged and caught the attention of the readers and learners, i.e. design thinking and strengths-based philosophy.

Design thinking is a creative problem-solving tool, while strengths-based philosophy starts with the premise that each person has their own strengths which they can leverage for breakthrough results. Design thinking has its roots in work done at Stanford University in California and David Kelley, whereas the strengths-based philosophy is inspired by the works of Marcus Buckingham and David Clifton.

In Design for Strengths, John Coyle takes the field forward by combining these two powerful concepts. Readers can learn the basics and use them for growth and development. Coyle also throws light on how teams and organizations can apply design thinking to team and individual strengths.

The author is well grounded in concepts and has explored related literature as well. Readers who love to see citations and sources would not be disappointed while reading this book. Coyle has leveraged his personal journey by sharing his experiences. He also highlights insights from other authors. He connects with well-known concepts, like deliberate practice (10,000 hour rule), flow and more. He uses examples from the field of sport, which is both engaging and holds the reader’s attention. Overall, there is coherence to the way this book has been written.

The Designer’s Mindset

A few of the ideas that stood out for me were:

When quitting is good: We often tend to drag on with what we started, unable to quit. John shares a personal story abouthow quitting served him well and how he moved to his strength area.

The Designer’s Mindset: I found two phrases intriguing in relation to this: the role of “dispassionate designer” and the advice “don’t get stuck on the first idea”. One can build actions on these thoughts.

The weakness–strength connection is well articulated in this book. The author states this as four rules, found within the text of the book rather than the Table of Contents, and a good structure on which to build insights. Of these four, I found the third one very interesting: “Strengths and weaknesses are often mirrors of each other”. He elaborates beautifully by using a table comparing weaknesses and strengths, showing that they are two sides of the same coin. This representation has the potential to bring in insights and uncover some of the readers’ hidden strengths.

The narration of design thinking in six steps and weaving of the strengths-based approach is supported by insights from a number of highly relevant authors.

The book is a good read for those in a quest to solve the problem of designing their life by leveraging their strengths, or who are looking at building teams based on strengths. I wish the author had included more scientific data at certain points, rather than simply sharing examples. What could have been a great addition to this book would be a few templates, where readers can identify their own strengths using the steps he outlines for designing thinking. It would have made navigating this book more engaging, and would have generated more actionable insights.

Overall, I would say this is a good pick, and recommend this book particularly to those seeking to explore the intersection of design thinking and strengths-based approaches

John K. Coyle

John Coyle is a leading experts in Design Thinking,  Olympic silver medalist, graduate Stanford University with an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an NBC sports analyst and award-winning author. He weaves facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring topics to life, and leave you with actionable ideas.


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