Global Inquiry as a Form of Positive Institution Building

A Living Case Story on The Generative Power of Story-getting

February 2022
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In this article the authors pose a bold proposition that inquiry at the scale of the whole world is both possible and perhaps key to eclipsing seemingly irreversible problems and volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times. They offer an ongoing case study of a mobilization of a world-wide inquiry and their experiences with the generative power of story-getting and story-sharing.


Author: Ronald Fry

Ron Fry is professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, where he helped pioneer Appreciative Inquiry and co-create the first Masters’ program in Positive Organization Development. He currently serves as the Stiller Endowed Chair and visiting professor at the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.


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Author: Megan Buchter

Megan Buchter is the director of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. As director she advances the strategic priorities of the center as well as running the AIM2Flourish program, supporting a global network of professors and students in highlighting stories of businesses striving to achieve the UN Global SDGs.


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Author: Wasseem Abaza

Wasseem Abaza is an assistant professor at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. He holds a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied Organizational Development and Sustainability.


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