Appreciative Inquiry in Guatemala

Fertilizing New Ground


Appreciative Inquiry is a tool for positive change everywhere, including Guatemala. This article shares examples of how facilitators are using AI to invite youth, teachers and artisans in this civil war-torn, violent, yet vibrant country to dream a better future and become leaders for change in Central America. AI is proving to be a fertilizer that nourishes rather than poisons, with caring rather than chemical additives!


Author: Jeff Fifield

Jeff Fifield seeks to make novel use of AI-influenced practices in education. Jeff’s background and current work is rooted in experiential education and embraces the spirit of play and performance. He is active in facilitation and leadership development work with Empowerment Unlimited while also working at the American International School of Guatemala. E:

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Author: Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller works with Project SERES and youth in Central America and beyond to find their voices as leaders to build healthy, sustainable communities where they live, instead of immigrating illegally to the USA. She is also a facilitator and partner in Empowerment Unlimited, having worked in international schools for many years. E:

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