Appreciative Inquiry: A Life-Giving Personal Operating System

February 2021
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Similar to how the technologies we use have an operating system (OS) to ensure information and work flows smoothly, Godwin and Stavros suggest that each of us has a personal OS that impacts the information we process from the world around us and our subsequent actions. Using Appreciative Inquiry principles as the source code for an AI-based personal operating system (the aiOS) and the AI 5D cycle as one of the most popular applications of the aiOS, they conclude with an invitation to the global AI community to submit their favorite aiOS applications for future featuring on the AI Commons.


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: Jackie Stavros

Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Business and IT. Her passion is working with others to discover their strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results for positive change and applying AI in everyday conversations to fuel productive and meaningful engagement ( 


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