Strengths-based Megacommunities and the Appreciative Inquiry’s Complete Convention

Creating Wholepower, Willpower and Waypower for Our World’s Earthshot Moment

February 2022
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ABSTRACT

Megacommunities are not communities of individuals, but communities of positive institutions and organizations. They are able to mobilize conscious and collective co-elevation by cultivating the wholepower, willpower, and waypower needed to escape the gravitational pull of our society’s too-often growing sense of despair and learned helplessness. In this article we illustrate the ‘how’ of building megacommunities such as the UN Global Compact and others through Appreciative Inquiry’s ‘complete convention’ – what we call convention 3.0.

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Author: David Cooperrider

David L. Cooperrider, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, and Honorary Chair, the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Champlain College. David received a Lifetime Achievement Award in OD. His newest book is The Business of Building a Better World.

Contact: dlc6@case.edu

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Author: Lindsey N. Godwin

Lindsey N. Godwin, Ph.D., is the Robert P. Stiller Professor of Management at Champlain College, where she serves as the Academic Director for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and co-publisher of AI Practitioner. As a practitioner–scholar active in the global AI community, she has helped organize and facilitate AI processes around the globe.

Contact: godwin@champlain.edu

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