About David
About David

About David

Dr. David Cooperrider's founding theoretical work in "Appreciative Inquiry" is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change. With implications for every aspect of business, AI has experienced exponential growth as a change initiative methodology. This growth is testimony to the profound impact AI is having in business, education, healthcare, communities, non-profit and government institutions.

David speaks at large corporate and association conferences and has served as advisor to a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McKinsey, Parker Hannifin, Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart, American Red Cross, American Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and World Vision.

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Speaking Engagements
Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

David often serves as meeting speaker and leader of large group interactive conference events. Contact us to learn more about David Cooperrider's speaking engagements, with a general overview of his speaking topics and time options (speech, speech with breakout session, speech as part of full day program, 2-3 day training programs, etc.)

Creating Sustainable Value

Creating Sustainable Value

David Cooperrider and Chuck Fowler discuss the opening of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value.

Together, the concepts of Appreciative Inquiry and Sustainable Value answer the challenge of business today: to generate wealth while strategically addressing the pressures of multiple stakeholders, increasing competition, and ever-greater resource limitations.

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Decade of Determination: Building an Economic Engine Empowering a Green City on a Blue Lake Through “AI”
Decade of Determination: Building an Economic Engine Empowering a Green City on a Blue Lake Through “AI”

Decade of Determination: Building an Economic Engine Empowering a Green City on a Blue Lake Through “AI”

This was one of the most powerful examples of the AI Summit method ever recorded–showing how the AI Summit can blend advanced economic strategy analysis with action oriented multi-stakeholder designing.

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Featured Blog Articles
Recent Blog Entries
Nov 22

Exhilarate 2016: Canadian Positive Psychology Association Announces the 3rd Annual Conference

The 3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

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The Canadian Positive Psychology  Association’s 2016 Conference has been announced with Keynotes, and calls for papers and workshops. The conference, in Niagara Falls, is in June. I’m excited by the momentum and honored to be speaking on the idea of the Ai shift from "conscious evolution" to "conscious co-elevation"…   along with Barbara Fredrickson, Kim Cameron, Lea Waters, Caroline Adams Miller, Ryan Niemiec, Shannon Polly and others. Lots of inspiring people, workshops, and organizations–thanks Sajel Rogers for your leadership!   




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Nov 7

Be Curious. Teach Curious.

To some it may seem strange to be advocating curiosity when everyone else is suggesting we all learn coding,

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This law teacher is advocating that we educate for curiosity and not coding. She draws lessons from her relentless four year old: "These days my four year old is like those pitching machines used to help improve batting, but instead of balls, it is a fast pace bombardment of why, how, when, and the worst one of all, but you said. Everything to him is novel and potentially engrossing and amazing.? 

A curious mind is flexible. It takes risks, but nothing for granted.  If the recent economic downturn has taught us anything, it is has taught us that the future will require a broad set of skills to be successful and the composition of those skills will alter and necessitate updating at a more frequent pace than in the past. Business leaders taught the importance of innovations. I think we should take one step back. Curiosity is the precursor to innovation. The continual desire to know and to learn helps to prevent obsolescence.

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Nov 3

AIM2FLOURISH by Roberta Baskin

Epiphany is defined as a “sudden and striking realization.” But it doesn’t work that way with me. My epiphanies sometimes simmer gently for years, particularly one that emerged in the aftermath of a class I took on Appreciative Inquiry, taught by its guru, Professor David Cooperrider. Because I was a journalist long outraged by the corporate malfeasance I exposed as a network correspondent, David invited me to learn about asking questions from a new perspective. This caused me to shift my view. But I was a journalist, after all, and stubborn. The process was a slow conversion, indeed.

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Robert Baskin, a former 20-20 reporter and award winning journalist, is showing the way to a new kind of journalism that is mindful and focused not just on bad news, but stories of images and voices of hope. She discusses, in her recent article, how we’re living in a time where all around us there’s a global shift in consciousness toward optimism. The world is wearying of the worn-out narrative thread about everything that is wrong. There’s an energy coalescing around a solution-driven, energetic, we’re-in-this-together framework. You can find it popping up in online news sites that are devoted to good news. In a sign of the times, the Huffington Post started a section called Good News,1 as well as an even newer one called Impact: What’s Working.2 One of the earliest adopters, the Good News Network3 is all about providing good news to its one and a half million unique visitors a month. The Solutions Journalism Network4 is a project co-founded by two New York Times columnists who are training newsrooms to do solutions-driven reporting about social problems. Roberta and the whole team from the Weatherhead School of Management–from the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit–have added to this movement with an amazing website called www.AIM2Flourish.com ….check it out.  And participate. If you could spotlight any organization that is innovating in some way to create full spectrum flourishing–innovations that are not doing just less harm but radically creating net-positive good for the world and the business–what innovation would you want to spotlight? On the website simply add your spotlight to the section called "sightings" and soon young people and others interested in advancing "business as an agent of world benefit" will pick up the sighting and will do more extensive interviews.


As the great Joseph Campbell once remarked about cultural transformation: "awe is what moves us forward."  

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Nov 3

The Purpose-Driven Workforce Is 42 Million Strong and Growing

The report argues that purpose-oriented employees do better work, have higher well-being, stay in their jobs for longer and are better ambassadors for their employers. Organizations should therefore look to identify purposeful people and promote and retain them.

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Increasingly we are speaking about the purpose-driven economy–and companies that "do good and do well" as a matter of industry leadership, inspired innovation, high engagement of people, and everyday operations. Now a new report raises an interesting question. How many purpose driven individuals are there in the typical workforce? The  new report puts numbers to the motives driving our daily toil. Twenty-eight percent of the U.S. workforce—42 million out of 150 million people—is purpose-oriented, while the rest, suggests the report, they’re just going to work every day.  With the help of NYU professors, this imperative report offers a baseline. Soon we will be able to track the growth in the purpose driven workforce. Why is this important? The report argues that purpose-oriented employees do better work, have higher well-being, stay in their jobs for longer and are better ambassadors for their organizations. 

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Sep 28

We The People for The Global Goals: Bill Gates and Stars from Around the World are Turning a Worldwide Urge into a Global Plan

A new plan for people and planet has just launched – the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Tell everyone! add your very own intro to this star-stu…

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Imagine the world a 30 years from now and consider the following scenario for the economy:


It’s a bright-green restorative economy that purifies the air we breathe; it has eliminated the concept of waste and toxic byproduct; extreme poverty has been eradicated from the planet; the economy is powered by 100% renewable, abundant energy and is saving the decarbonized world trillions in lower costs; it is a world of freer and truer markets with signals that generate positive incentives aligned with the long-term greater good (thus, it has virtually eliminated “perverse incentives”); the economy’s industry-leading stars are celebrated as creators of sustainable value where the word “sustainability-as-less-bad” has been replaced with the “sustainability-as-flourishing” net positive; what we see when we look around are resilient, bright green, and walkable cities, re-generative agricultural practices, and astonishing exponential technologies for advancing health and collaborative connections; and all of this is built on an economy of  institutions that are widely trusted as positive institutions—workplaces that elevate, magnify, and refract our highest human strengths (wisdom, courage, humanity, compassion, inspiration, collaborative creativity, freedom, hope, joy, learning, integrity, love and meaning) into the world. We’ve built the bridge from an unsustainable industrial age to a future that embraces the idea of full-sprectrum flourishing. We have re-designed the entire material basis of our civilization—successfully.  


This, in a nutshell, was the essence of the 2050 and beyond vision of the desired future of an inclusive economy where people thrive, businesses win, and nature flourishes as articulated by executives, researchers, and MBA students coming together at an international meeting we facilitated, at the First Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, in 2006.  Moreover we’ve discovered that this vision is not isolated, as we have repeated the exercise with thousands of executives and communities, from the UN Global Compact to the Business Alliance for the Future.  Nor is it utopian, as it reflects an unprecedented worldwide urge for positive change, an increasingly shared vision, uncoordinated but blooming, with dazzling examples emerging everywhere. Paul Hawken describes it all as a “blessed unrest”—millions of people and organizations spontaneously bringing about what may one day be recognized as the most profound transformation of human society. 


This September 2015 this vision, this urge, has now taken form as a plan for the people and planet. It’s the result of much deliberation, analysis, and dialogue–it’s as universal as it gets, and it speaks to partnership and the collaborative advantage. The speakers here span business (Bill Gates) to stars of all kinds. 

share it with the world:http://wethepeople.globalgoals.org

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Sep 8

This 16th century French castle is the temporary home to 100 makers trying to save the planet

“We need to move from protest to prototype,” said Daniel Kruse of Open State. “We were looking at all these climate summits, and people just talk and talk. So we thought we would try a different strategy by working with makers, with people who do stuff instead of just talking about stuff.”

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This is a community of entrepreneur—out to change world history. The goal of the Proof of Concept 21 innovation camp, or POC21, is to “prototype the fossil free, zero waste society.” The organizers have selected 12 teams who will live at the Château de Millemont and work together to develop their projects, which range from low-cost wind turbines to a shower that recycles its own water.

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Sep 2

Mirror Flourishing and the Design of Positive Institutions

Mirror Flourishing: Appreciative Inquiry and the Designing of Positive Institutions – David Cooperrider, PhD.

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It was a real honor for me to keynote day-two of the World Conference in Positive Psychology. With lot of stories from the field I shared my big hope for the world, and shared the power of questions in leadership–how we become what we study and how we live in worlds our questions create. Here is the link to the talk:




I especially loved sharing stories–stories of our work and research with companies such as Apple, Keurig Green Mountain Coffee, Google, Tesla, the UN and nonprofits such as the URI. And I shared about the Ai tools for the discovery and design of positive institutions. Building on my next book with great colleague Lindsey Godwin, I explored the idea positive institutions: 


"Positive institutions are organizations and structured patterns in culture or society that serve to elevate and develop our highest human strengths, combine and magnify those strengths, and refract our highest strengths outward in world benefiting ways leading, ultimately, to a world of full-spectrum flourishing." 


But be forewarned. My assignment was to talk for an entire hour! So if you want only the conclusions, simply fast-forward to the the last couple of minutes which focuses on our latest work called Business as an Agent of World Benefit. 

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Jun 29

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2015

Building Flourishing Societies Together: Elevating, Aligning and Reflecting our Best to Create a Prosperous World for All
2015 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am thrilled to announce the 2015 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference, from July 6-10, in the beautiful city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The World AI Conference has been previously convened in the U.S., Nepal, and Belgium. In 2015, I look forward to us gathering together in South Africa – a country of transformation and inspiration – where we can join as a community of practitioners and scholars to learn from each other and advance the field of strength-based work. With this setting serving as our inspiration, we will explore the cutting edge work being done around the world in Appreciative Inquiry and other strength-based methodologies so that we can take the positive revolution for change to the next level together!

I look forward to seeing you there!

I thank you in advance for your help to make sure we share great work with the whole world.


David Cooperrider, Ph.D.
Fairmount | David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry

Weatherhead School of Management

Case Western Reserve University

Honorary Chair for the 2015 World AI Conference, South Africa


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Message from Conference Co-Chairs:
Anastasia Bukashe and Freddie CrousDear Colleagues and Friends

“The growth and application of Appreciative Inquiry… has been nothing short of phenomenal. It is arguably the most powerful process of positive organizational change ever devised.” 
~ Ken Gergen

Nearly three decades ago David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivastva’s  ground-breaking article, “Appreciative Inquiry into Organizational Life” forever changed the way we look at leadership and change.

It shifted our attention from the world of organizational life as “a problem-to-be-solved” to the world as an innovation, spawning a “universe-of-strengths.”

A decade later Gallup unveiled the results of its landmark research study with 1.5 million people worldwide and confirmed the basic principle: that a person, organization or larger system, will excel only by knowing and amplifying strengths, never by fixing weaknesses.

Since then, millions of people in every sector of society around the world have shifted their attention to strengths-based leadership, and many are now asking, “What’s next?” “How, exactly, do we take the strengths mind-set beyond the  important  talent and  performance  management application—focused mainly on the individual or small groups—to embed strength-based methods into everything we do across our enterprise and beyond?” “How do we forge strength-centered organizational cultures and create strength-accelerating networks where collaborative partnerships result in transformative innovations for a better world?”

The answer to these questions is now starting to become clear: we must create strength-based organizations at every level of society…organizations, including groups, families, and communities, explicitly designed and managed for the elevation of strengths, the combination and magnification of strengths, and ultimately, the amplified reflection of our highest human strengths outward into the world.


Every three years the World Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Conference moves members of the AI community from across the globe to come together and share in conversations. So, once again, we invite you to join us at our upcoming conference, set to take place for the first time on African soil. Building on the words of Gillian Tett, social anthropologist and US managing editor of the Financial Times, this event has as its aim to fulfil our desire to belong to the AI ‘tribe’, thus allowing us to affirm our network and identity, forge bonds and express our shared values.

That is what the WAIC 2015: South Africa is all about– exploring the ways that we can build exceptional partnerships across the globe to help create strength-based organizations that build a flourishing and prosperous world for all. We thank you in advance for your interest and effort to help us make this global gathering a unique event in the history of AI.

On behalf of the organizing committee, international advisory board, and all conference partners,   Anastasia Bukashe, 
Conference Co-Chair Freddie Crous
Conference Co-Chair

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May 7

The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

Now the renewable power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defence. Last Thursday in California he introduced to the world his sleek new Powerwall – a wall-mounted energy storage unit that can hold 10 kilowatt hours of electric energy, and deliver it at an average of 2 kilowatts, all for US$3,500.

Source: www.iflscience.com

Imagine making 2 billion fossil fuel vehicles irrelevant. Energy storage can make them unnecessary, uneconomical, and  completely unfashionable. Elon Musk is taking breathtaking entrepreneurial leaps that very few can dream about. And he will not be alone because he continues to make Tesla’s intellectual property available to all. He wants the sea change–he’s orchestrating a rising tide.  This article goes into more detail. Read more

May 6

Business and society: ceo’s like Doug McMillon fully embrace the multistakeholder view of the firm

In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.

Source: www.mckinsey.com

When shift happens in the mainstream—companies such as Mckinsey and Walmart–it tells us something: a new normal, especially for a long-term thinking type of capitalism, is in the making. And even though one of the toughest things in a quarterly report world is to seriously think long-term, that’s what the top CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the world are doing. This article, by the CEO of Walmart, Doug McMillon and SVP Kathleen McLaughlin,  is instructive.

As the authors write:  “Between 2010 and the end of 2013, we reduced our energy consumed per square foot by 7 percent, and we now source 24 percent of our global electricity needs from renewable sources—progress toward our long-term goal of 100 percent. By the end of 2014, we were diverting more than 81 percent of our waste in the United States from landfills through recycling and reuse, on our way to our goal of generating zero waste.

Go beyond the core to change the system. Read more

May 6

Creative Flow: There is Magic in Asking Yourself The Right Questions

The wrong questions will destroy your power to create, but the right questions will fill you with inspiration, encouragement and motivation!

Source: positivewriter.com

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

Think with your senses; feel curious with your mind. Talk less, sense more. Create your Life. Risk being seen in all of your glory.

–Jim Carrey

These two quotes set the stage for this blog post for writers–and the kinds of questions to be asking–questions that inspire, empower,

Successful people ask better questions!

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