“Appreciative Inquiry shifts how we are and what we do by asking questions. How might we bridge the “great” divides that separate us? Invite fresh, imaginative thinking? Focus collective action on what is most promising? Inspire individuals to bring their best to the task at hand? These questions unleash the power and the promise of Appreciative Inquiry. I believe they are the essential questions of our time, to creating the world we want in our homes, our workplaces, our communities and our global institutions.”
Barbara Lewis is President of Catalyst, Inc., specializing in creative approaches for participatory planning. With twenty five years of experience in facilitating community engagement, Barbara is best known for her creativity in engaging communities in local/regional decision-making. Barbara served as Project Leader for the internationally recognized, award-winning Focus on Longmont Project: an Appreciative Inquiry-based community planning process for the City of Longmont, Colorado. Other Appreciative Inquiry clients have included Pierce County (WA) and the Chambers Creek Properties, the Town of Buckeye (AZ), the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and the United Methodist Regional Conference. Barbara is a Master Trainer with the International Association for Public Participation and co-author of the organization’s Training in Public Participation Techniques. She is also the author of the article, “Appreciative Inquiry as Community Engagement” in the December 2007 newsletter for the International Association for Public Participation.