Constructive Discourse and Human Organization

ISBN: 978-0-76230-892-7, eISBN: 978-1-84950-159-0

ISSN: 1475-9152

Publication date: 6 May 2004


This paper proposes Appreciative Inquiry as an approach particularly conducive to creating public dialogues that are generative and transformative. It suggests that a community is best served by inquiry into strengths, assets and past successes. It further proposes that this mode of inquiry tends to produce positive emotional states, which expand the resources and pro-social inclinations of those in the dialogue. It offers five conditions that support generative and transformative public dialogue and explains how Appreciative Inquiry creates these conditions.


Rodgers, J. (2004), "APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY IN TRANSFORMATIVE PUBLIC DIALOGUE", Cooperrider, D.L. and Avital, M. (Ed.) Constructive Discourse and Human Organization (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Vol. 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 337-357.

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