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Appreciative Inquiry and the Discovery and Design of Positive Institutions David Cooperrider Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit Case Western Reserve University
Creating New Models of Possibility With All Points of Departure
Idea of Positive Institutions
Strengths-Elevating—positive psychology’s shift
Question of Change at the Scale of the Whole?
“ Everyone designs” --Herb Simon
New Horizons in Appreciative Inquiry
The Sustainability Revolution
Why “design attitude” matters more
Blessed unrest and business & society innovation
Three Ways to Understand Accelerating Strengths based “AI”
My “Peter Drucker Moment” The source of my two threads today!
“ Every social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise”
“ The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths…making a system’s weaknesses irrelevant”
A Story: The Most Exciting Project I Have Ever Worked On
Business as an Agent of World Benefit --More Than 2,000 Interviews --100s of Published Profiles “Positive Institutions” --s ee www.worldinquiry.org “Awe is What Moves Us Forward”
Sustainable Value —From Obligation to Innovation Mindset (source: Chris Lazslo) Stake- holder Value ¹ Shareholder Value Unsustainable (Value Transfer) Unsustainable (Value Transfer) Unsustainable (Lose/Lose) Sustainable Value ¹ absolute standards or relative to competitors Clean energy vehicles Fossil fuel ICE
Positive Psychology Encyclopedia of Human Strengths Peterson and Seligman (2006)
On a scale from 1-10 where do you think our management schools and OD training programs are as it relates to preparing managers and change agents for creating industry leading stars in sustainable value creation (eco-innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainability)?
Looking to the future please finish the following: I will be most proud of the field of OD and management education in the future when____________________________?
Imagine 300 Stakeholders—designing new products, services.
Administration & Corporate Services
Technical Support / R&D
Egalitarian Designing & Magnificence of Multiple Realities
Sources of Business Value Levels of Design Focus Business Context Brand/ Culture Market Product Process Risk business value created Source: Chris Lazslo The Sustainable Company Anticipating regulations, going beyond legal requirements Reducing energy, waste & process costs—future of totally renewable energy Sustainable-value, green products New stakeholder relationships, new markets Brand story, promise, customer experiences Designing industries, policy contexts
Next Generation Ai Summit: The Sustainable Design Factory
Moving into “the ever expanding domain of relatedness”
Collaborative Designing in Unexpected Places A Question for You:
Which organization will help save more lives in the next five years than any other— children, women, and men—who are picking cotton in toxic and chemically treated fields all over the world—fields that are so toxic that when you touch the cotton it feels like an electric jolt around your fingers?
Sustainability in the Dairy Industry OUR DEFINITION: Providing consumers with the nutritious dairy products they want in a way that makes the industry, people and the earth economically, environmentally and socially better – now and for future generations.
Sustainability Index Summit Taking Action to Address a Global Imperative…Universities in Parntnership With Business and Society Saving people money so they can live better July 14-16, 2008
Imagine the Impact of Sustainability Scorecard
Mature Phase: (Textiles example) SKU specific questions add greater level of detail and insight into specific product performance Hypothetical and illustrative Emphasis moves to product-specific scoring. Product scores roll up to influence supplier score. (Up to 1 score per SKU; products of the same profile could be grouped in one score) Weight Raw Material Inputs Manufacturing/ Processing Transport/ Packaging/ Sales Product Use End-of-Life/ Recycling Supply Chain Goals Energy and Climate 40% Suppliers track on-farm energy use? (Y/N) Energy use per unit of finished product? (ranges will be provided) Hang tag on energy use during garment care? (Y/N) To reduce the use of non-renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Material Efficiency 20% Uses fibers or irrigation practices that reduce field water use? (Y/N) Water consumption per unit of finished product? (ranges will be provided) Use of recycled materials in fabric production? (Y/N) To maximize efficient use of all materials, minimizing waste and costs. Natural Resources 20% Is the product organic or transition? (Y/N) Use of a restricted substances list for factory practices? (Y/N) Hang tag on use of laundry detergents? (Y/N) To ensure the integrity of ecosystems and a safe, reliable supply of raw materials. People and Community 20% Is product Fair Trade certified? (Y/N) To protect quality of life and safeguard human health.
Leveraging the Power of Associations for a New Magnitude of Socially Responsible Leadership