Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
This national best-selling book is consultant Sue Hammond’s journey into organizational change dynamics learned from David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a way of thinking and engaging the dynamics of change in organizations. It begins not with analyzing problems, but with affirming what is working in an organization. The Thin Book is a short, readily accessible question guide that group facilitators can use to help change the way groups and organizations think about change and conflict. It begins with an analysis of the strengths and short-comings of group assumptions. This is followed by eight assumptions of AI, which set the tone for asking positive questions - the heart of the book. Hammond recommends using an interview/inquiry method using pairs to achieve the best results. The book also deals with how to implement the energy and change that positive questions generate. Also included are a variety of examples and new research learned since the second edition.