About AI Practitioner Nov 2013
The Promise of Appreciative Cities: Compelling the Whole to Act
Editors: Barbara E. Lewis and Karen Roney
This issue focuses on how cities use Appreciative Inquiry. AI practitioners and municipal officials and employees are invited to share articles, stories, case studies, images, research, models and theory regarding the use of Appreciative Inquiry to move cities forward. Particular focus will be on:
- How Appreciative Inquiry fosters a compelling citywide identity (past, present and future) and how that identity sets the stage for community action.
- How Appreciative Inquiry makes “silos” malleable to mobilize effective partnerships.
- The evidence of the effect of Appreciative Inquiry within cities.
Barbara E. Lewis is a consulting partner and AI trainer with the Corporation for Positive Change. She is also president of Catalyst Inc., which is dedicated to advancing the art of collaboration. Focusing much of her work on local governments, Barbara has used AI for citywide planning, infrastructure construction, budgeting and sustainable community visioning.
Karen Roney is the community services director for the city of Longmont, Colorado. Karen is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the city’s housing, human services, neighborhood, recreation, cultural and educational services. She had a key role in introducing Appreciative Inquiry as an approach to municipal strategic planning and visioning.
Barbara Lewis and Karen Roney worked together on the award-winning, citywide strategic plan for the city of Longmont, Colorado, which generated the cover graphic.
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