Introduction to Amplifying Hope in Times of Despair

November 2020
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Authors in this issue, from around the world, have contributed to finding hope in times of despair with writings from the deeply personal to the theoretical. In an April 2020 blog, David Cooperrider wrote, ‘It’s not about positive or negative human experience but inquiry into life: the task of AI is the quest and search for what gives life and deep meaning – even in the midst of the tragic.’ These articles join that quest.


Author: Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell

Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell, co-presidents of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting, specialize in designing strategies to surface the wisdom of individuals, groups and organizations to build positive futures. They are the co-authors of Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (2018) and Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2nd ed., 2020) and many articles on leadership and AI. They bring to this issue a lifelong passion for and study of leadership and resilience.



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