How the 4-D Process WorksAdapted from The Power of Appreciative Inquiry, 2nd Edition
Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom
The power of Appreciative Inquiry is unleashed through what we call a 4-D Process.
DISCOVERY: Identify and appreciate what works.
DREAM: Imagine what might be.
DESIGN: Develop systems, structures leveraging the best of what was and what might be.
DESTINY: Implement or deliver the proposed design.
This 4-D cycle – an anchor for everything from a one-on-one conversation to whole system change – leverages our best experiences and local wisdom. It stimulates creativity, and builds energy and commitment to change.