The session — attended by about 80 people active in the Cleveland area’s public, civic and business sectors — and a session Friday, Dec. 14, are expected to produce a plan for a broader summit of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people sometime in the middle of 2019.
Cooperrider and his CWRU colleague Ronald Fry are leading the session using a technique developed at CWRU called appreciative inquiry, or AI, which is a way of planning change at a large scale. Cooperrider told the group the approach has been used at the United Nations, in the U.S. Navy and at many business organizations to engage large groups to plan by learning from their successes instead of from the mistakes of the past. At businesses, for example, workers from every sector of a company, from the shop floor to the executive suite, come together to plan the company’s future.
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