W08 - The World AI Inquiry: Viral Voices of AI Impact Lindsey Godwin - USA / Joep C. de Jong - Netherlands

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
AI research and development

The authors’ research into the impact of Appreciative Inquiry around the world started just over a year ago and is ongoing. The purpose of this research project is to demonstrate the broad impact AI has had over the past twenty-five years across multiple sectors, diverse organizations and in numerous locations around the world. We are accomplishing this demonstration of AI’s global impact through a global call for audio and video stories.

The objectives of the AI World Inquiry are to:
1. Stimulate a global conversation about the viral impact Appreciative Inquiry has had on the lives and work of the thousands of individuals who have been introduced to it over the past 25+ years all around the world.
2. Create and host a searchable archive for these audio and video stories of impact on the AI Commons.
3. Identify the many ways in which AI has sparked new knowledge and innovation.
4. Use narrative and storytelling to uplift the field of Appreciative Inquiry.
5. Demonstrate the use of “crowd narrative” to determine collective impact—an innovation in qualitative valuation.
6. Attract new individuals to learn more about the worldview, practice and impact of Appreciative Inquiry.

The project is being carried out under the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College, supported through a series of grants from the Taos Institute. The implementing pro-bono team includes Lindsey Godwin, Ada Jo Mann, Joep C. de Jong, Sallie Lee, Madison Kopeck, and Robyn Stratton-Berkessel. David Cooperrider also serves as an advisor to the implementing team.

Our workshop will build on the ongoing World Inquiry of AI Impact and allow participants to witness how their stories impact the well-being of the world. The workshop will be highly interactive and will include the following activities:
1. Introduction by the facilitators to the purpose and process of the World Inquiry to date;
2. Briefly showing a few examples of existing videos already curated and viewable on the AI Commons website;
3. Paired interviews using the appended World Inquiry four interview questions;
4. Participant creation of a Wall of Wonder of AI Impact; and
5. A collective celebration of AI Impact in our own lives.

It is also the hope of the World Inquiry team that they will be able to staff a booth at the conference where participants can sign up to have their stories of AI impact videotaped for inclusion on the AI Commons.