Testing Appreciative Inquiry to Destruction

Releasing the Energy for Change in Britain’s Prisons

February 2020
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A chance conversation led to the introduction of Appreciative Inquiry into one of the most challenging environments in Great Britain, the prison system, which has been starved of funding for a decade. This article discusses the benefits of introducing Appreciative Inquiry to a group who have little control over their future and little to look forward to.


Author: Charles Elliott

Prof. Charles Elliott is a pioneer of AI in the UK and author of Appreciative Inquiry: Locating the Energy for Change. The other contributing authors are Dr Victoria Lavis, Chris Braithwaite and Ian Richardson. Together, the authors constitute The Appreciative Partnership.

Contact charles@theappreciativepartnership.com

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Author: Victoria Lavis

Dr Victoria Lavis is a chartered psychologist, and positive change consultant specialising in the criminal justice and higher education sectors. Commencing her career in custodial services, Victoria subsequently spent 10 years as a senior academic and researcher impacting criminal justice policy and practice. Victoria is the managing director of the partnership.

Contact victoria@theappreciativepartnership.com

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Author: Chris Braithwaite

Chris Braithwaite is a Positive Organizational Psychologist, Researcher and Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner. Chris’s takes AI to the commercial sector working with nationally recognised brands, conducting development research, evaluating existing products, working with senior leaders on strategy development and developing KPI tracking diagnostics. Chris is a director of the partnership.

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Author: Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson is a positive change consultant. Having served 33 years in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, he has an enviable amount of experience at every grade from Prison Officer to Governor Grade. He specialises in a strengths-based, positive approach to leadership development and positive change.

Contact ian@theappreciativepartnership.com

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