Embracing the Shadow through Appreciative Inquiry

Embracing the Shadow through Appreciative Inquiry


The metaphor of shadow has provided a generative container for exploration of the scope and depth of Appreciative Inquiry theory and practice. The idea of shadow can be a useful tool for opening up important areas of discussion that carry anxiety and can amplify the liberation of energy for change.


Author: Stephen P. Fitzgerald

PhD, an organizational psychologist, serves as Faculty Development Director and Associate Professor of Business Administration at Trident University International in Cypress, California. He has published on AI, the Shadow and organisational behaviour, and works with clients to inquire appreciatively into the full spectrum of human experience. E: Stephen.Fitzgerald@trident.edu

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Author: Christine Oliver

MSc in Group Analysis, MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy is a psychotherapist and organisational consultant. Her published contributions to AI include: Barge & Oliver (2003), Working with Appreciation in Managerial Practice, Fitzgerald et al (2010), Appreciative Inquiry as a Shadow Process and Oliver et al (2011) Critical Appreciation of Appreciative Inquiry

E: ceoliver1@btinternet.com

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