AI Summit: Explorations into the Magic of Macro- Management and Crowdsourcing


Over two decades ago, David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva’s Appreciative Inquiry into Organizational Life (Cooperrider and Srivastva, 1987) forever changed the way we look at organization development and change – it shifted our attention from the world of organizational life as ‘a problem-to-be-solved’ to the world brimming with innovation and a ‘universe-of-strengths.’

Since then, the Appreciative Inquiry Summit methodology has emerged as a key methodology for bringing together ‘whole systems’ to identify the strengths that exist within the organization and to co-create the future vision for the organization. From one-day to four-day events, AI summits may bring together anywhere from 50 to 3000 people to work together on a strategic change initiative.

The idea of the summit may appear bold at first, but it is based on a simple notion: when it comes to enterprise innovation and integration, there is nothing that brings out the best in human systems – faster, more consistently, and more effectively – than the power of ‘the whole’.


Author: David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, where he holds the Covia- -David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry. He is also the Honorary Chair of Champlain College’s David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry in the Stiller School of Business. David now serves on the Board of Trustees of the Organization Development Network. 


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Author: Brodie Boland

Brodie is a third-year doctoral candidate in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on orchestrated social movements, transformational change in large systems, and disruptive green technology innovation. He was formerly a consultant in McKinsey and Company, and served as President of AIESEC International. E:

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Author: Lindsey N. Godwin

Lindsey N. Godwin, Ph.D., is the Robert P. Stiller Professor of Management at Champlain College, where she serves as the Academic Director for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and co-publisher of AI Practitioner. As a practitioner–scholar active in the global AI community, she has helped organize and facilitate AI processes around the globe. 


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Author: Michel Avital 

Michel Avital is an Associate Professor of Information Management at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on information and organization with an emphasis on the social aspects of information technologies. He has published articles on topics such as information systems design, creativity, knowledge sharing, social responsibility and Appreciative Inquiry. E:

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