How is it that France became a land of welcome for Appreciative Inquiry?

Indeed French people are often considered as moaners, skeptical and even suspicious yet they are also curious and fond of new ideas. The positive revolution is thus gradually gaining ground on the French soil! May be it helps the country to find a recollection of the Age of Enlightenment, a time when philosophers fought the irrational, the arbitrary, and the obscurantism. Hence, since many years now, AI arouses a growing enthusiasm in France, as well as in many other countries of the world and we are delighted at this.

The positive revolution brought by Appreciative Inquiry turns around organizational and managerial ways of thinking and sheds new light on the life of organizations, but not only …It also enlightens individual developments: human beings do not necessarily have to go through painful episodes to live better, they can also and above all rely on their strengths and develop them. This is also true for families and organizations as shown through many experiences lead by AI practitioners around the world.

However, if we want to consistently take care of the common good the scope of public life has to be further focused on. There are already examples of action in the city that illustrate the power of the totality principle: when a large number of people experience it, it awakens the collective creative forces, creates an effect of concentration of these forces and leads to committed action towards social, economic and sustainable development innovations.

The WAIC 2019 in France will precisely focus on this set of experiences and questions in order to envision how AI is contributing to a better world, from the one to the whole, in our human communities.
Our proposal is to explore, in our conversations in Nice, how we are acting with AI to build a better inner world, a better world with our loved ones, in our organizations and in the communities which we take part to.

It is dear to our hearts to be prolonging the work undertaken during the lasts WAIC. We cordially invite you to come and share friendly and joyful conversations between citizens of the world, under Nice shining sun !

Jean Pagès and Jean Christophe Barralis
on behalf of the hosting team, international advisory board, and all conference partners