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Fairmount Minerals, a couple of years ago, was singled out by the US Chamber as the #1 corporate citizen in America. Today embedded sustainability and positive organization development are the twin commitments that continue to propel their growth, empowerment goals, and community engagement strategies. The CFO headed up the launching of the sustainable development strategic change process with a “whole-system-in-the room summit–and it was an example that is now being modeled and benchmarked around the world. It involved a shift from micro-management skills to macro-management skills and tools. One of those tools is the appreciative inquiry sustainable design summit–or “AI Summit” for short.
Here is a short description from an article published in Organizational Dynamics titled: “The Concentration Effect of Strengths”–see: http://www.davidcooperrider.com/
Today the CFO is now CEO of the company, but that’s getting ahead of the story… Read more
Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation: 4 (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry) – Kindle edition by David Cooperrider, Michel Avital, Lindsey Godwin, David L. Cooperrider, Danielle P. Zandee, Lindsey Godwin, Michel Avital, Brodie Boland. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Organizational Generativity: The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and a Scholarship of Transformation: 4 (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry).
Appreciative Inquiry, or “AI” is taking the strengths revolution to a new level, far beyond today’s common talent-management or individual leadership focus. Introducing the next generation AI Sustainable Design Summit—something that a recent CEO report singles out as “the best large group method in the world today.”
We are entering the collaborative age. In eras past, the focus was on preparing for organizations to be change frontrunners capable of capturing strategic advantage through disruptive innovation and by creating their own organizational cultures capable of embracing relentless change. Today, however, executives are saying that organizational change is not enough. The overriding question is no longer about change per se, but is about change at the scale of the whole. ‘How do we move a 67,000 person telephone company together?’ ‘How do we move a whole Northeast Ohio economic region in momentum building alignment and shared consensus?’ ‘How do we move a whole dairy industry toward sustainable dairy, not in fragile isolated pockets that disadvantage some and advantage others, but across an industry-wide strengthening effort together?’ Or, ‘how do we, as a world system, unite the strengths of markets with the millennium development promises of eradicating extreme, grinding poverty via collective action?’ Read more
Tech Valley, New York: One of my great clients is National Grid and the Tech Valley or Capital Region of NY–it’s one of the fastest growing economic development regions in the country. Why did they select the “Appreciative Inquiry Design Summit” to magnify the momentum? It’s because the best in human systems comes out when (1) we go beyond systems thinking and actually do systems thinking with the whole “living system” in the room; (2) when we go beyond the negative, deficit discourse of our society and engage the AI positive change tools for elevating and magnifying strengths, solutions, and scale, and (3) when we go beyond dialogue to design-inspired action–“the best plan is the plan you do.” Click here for YouTube summary of the event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USXLSgR6zBU . Here Cheri Warren, the Innovation Officer at National Grid, and Mike Tucker, CEO of the Council for Economic Development talk about the power of 100’s of organizations in the same room doing planning and designing together. We are making breakthroughs in the field of management. In this age of collaboration these high profile experiments with macro collaboration are precious.
Here also, in PDF form, is one of my latest articles with my colleague Michelle McQuaid. Click here for download. It’s called “The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths” and captures five remarkable cases about recent breakthroughs in collaborative planning. In each case results are carefully documented.
The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths explores the important question: when is it that the best in human systems comes out, especially in collective action opportunities encompassing regions and cities, extended enterprises, industries, and UN world summits? Read more