Appreciative Inquiry (AI) offers a method for asking questions and envisioning the future that focuses on positive experiences and relationships. The emphasis is on framing questions to bring up useful information and to reinforce positive forward movement. In this way, AI can help to positively reframe questions that would otherwise create resistance with individuals and groups. This focus is particularly helpful for inspiring creative, constructive, and collaborative ideas.
Appreciative Inquiry is useful when visioning, starting a new project, and course correcting. It can help a group to develop alignment and to see past problems to opportunities. It is often used as an organizational development process, and it can even help change organizational culture. There are organizational development consultants who specialize in the application of AI.