What is the AIM2Flourish Theory of Change?
An Appreciative Inquiry creates changes in social systems by collaboratively collecting, recognizing and uplifting stories about something at its best. It builds upon Lev Vygotsky’s research on the “zone of proximal development.” While his work is often described in terms of early-childhood learning, it can be applied at institutional and global levels, too. This zone is the difference between what a child can accomplish alone and what the child can accomplish with a nurturing presence. In the same spirit, Appreciative Inquiry is the nurturing eye that, by its presence, allows the next level of human potential to emerge.
Shared globally, we propose, as more and more people learn or do something it becomes easier for others to learn or do it, as well. We’re informed, too, by the Minnesota Innovation Research Program’s work.