What a great conference! During the conference and especially during and after the keynotes, I have talked with some of you about articles written or mentioned by the keynotes. And promised to send some of them to you.
So for those of you who are inspired by the conference and interested in doing some extra reading, I have some reading suggestions. I have enclosed several of my favourite articles. Most of them are articles from scientific journals, so it’s ‘academic stuff’… AI & Social Constructionism:
- This is quite a nice little article from the AI practitioner, ‘back to basics’ by Dian Marie Hosking and Sheila McNamee, which describes the basic assumptions of Social Constructionism and how these inform AI theory and AI practices (http://www.relational-constructionism.org/media/back%20to%20basics.pdf).
Keynote David Cooperrider:
- You’re probably familiar with David Cooperrider’s more practical work (AI Handbook and such). I find it helpful to look at his early work as well; this is a chapter from 1990 where he talks in depth about positive imagery (http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/intro/classicsDetail.cfm?coid=647).
- If you really want to go back to basics, take a look at this chapter by David Cooperrider and Suresh Srivasta from 1987 introducing AI as a new form of action research. Note that ‘appreciation’ is only one of the four original principles of AI. (http://www.margiehartley.com/home/wp-content/uploads/file/APPRECIATIVE_INQUIRY_IN_Orgnizational_life.pdf).
- This is a chapter by David Cooperrider, James Ludema & Frank Barrett from the Handbook of Action Research that I use quite often. It is a case description of a project they did with an international NGO and mainly focuses on how AI can help to move from deficit vocabularies to vocabularies of hope and opportunities. Download Here.
Keynote Diana Whitney:
- Her book ‘The Power of Appreciative Inquiry’ is quite helpful, pretty practical as well.
Keynote Ken Gergen:
- As was mentioned several times during the conference, Ken Gergen has written so many books and articles, it’s hard to choose from them. If you’re interested in Social constructionism, you couldread ‘An invitation to social construction’ by Ken Gergen. Quite readable if you’re not into philosophy of science as well :).
- Another nice article is: ‘Toward a vocabulary of transformative dialogue’ by Ken Gergen, Sheila McNamee & Frank Barrett. I really like this article, because the authors attempt to translate the philosophical ideas of social constructionism to a set of practices an end with AI as a promising way to put these to work. Download Here.
Keynote Gervase Bushe & Ron Fry:
- A meta-case analysis by Gervase Bushe that shows when AI is in fact as transformational as it is promised to be. (http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/intro/classicsDetail.cfm?coid=5218).
- An article by Gervase bushe ‘AI is not (just) about the positive’ that puts forward his notion of AI as a generative process (http://media.angelfire.lycos.com/3050014/1612291.pdf).
- ‘Appreciative Inquiry as a shadow process’ by Fitzgerald et al. mentioned by Gervase Bushe and Ron Fry in their keynote. Download Here.
- They mentioned Frank Barrett’s work on the improvisational aspect of change processes as well. He makes an interestingcomparison with jazz improvisation. (http://www.taosinstitute.net/Websites/taos/Images/ResourcesManuscripts/Barrett2.pdf.)
A website where you can find loads of articles, but also tools, movies etc is the AI commons site (http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/). On the website of the Taos Institute (http://www.taosinstitute.net/) you can find more information and books and articles of scholars that work with AI and Social Constructionism (almost all the authors mentioned above are founders, board members or otherwise connected to the Taos Institute).
Hope there’s one or two of them in there that are interesting for you!”