Appreciative Inquiry Meets Positive Psychology

A Dialogue between Diana Whitney and Barbara Fredrickson about Organizational Change, Transformation and Innovation


In the past three decades, Appreciative Inquiry has been used with great success in a range of fields. Its success has sparked questions about how it relates to other fields: What is the relationship of AI and the strengths movement? What are the similarities and differences between AI and positive psychology? This question has been the subject of an ongoing dialogue between Diana Whitney and Barbara Fredrickson. This article brings to life what they have shared with positive psychology students and AI practitioners as guest lecturers and special presenters for each others’ classes and workshops.


Author: Diana Whitney

Diana Whitney, a leading figure in the development and global dissemination of Appreciative Inquiry, is founder of Corporation for Positive Change and co-founder of the Taos Institute. She has co-authored fifteen books, including Appreciative Leadership, and published dozens of articles and chapters on topics related to spirituality at work and the design of life-affirming organizations. E:

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Author: Barbara L. Fredrickson

Ph.D. Barbara is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (a.k.a. PEP Lab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, and she is regularly invited to give keynotes nationally and internationally. E:

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