How being appreciative creates change – theory in practice from health and social care in Scotland

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Appreciative Inquiry has been readily caricatured as slavishly focusing on the positive. Here we invite you to revisit it in the form of Appreciative Action Research (AAR). How can we have genuine hope as we seek to work through the major challenges confronting organisations and communities? How do we avoid the ‘ritual dance of attack […]


AR+ Co-labs survey: Doing more good together

Action Research Cookbook

AR+ co-labs foster friendly, person-centered spaces — AKA communities of practice — as dynamos of good action research for different domains: education, healthcare, inter-personal relationship, sustainable organizing. As the AR+ collective gets ready to launch our Cookbook (Cooking with Action Research: Stories and Resources for Self and Community Transformation), we invite you to read the […]


Participatory action research in a rural Yucatec Maya community

Different initiatives have promoted the use of improved cook stoves around the world. Their goal has been to eradicate cooking over open flame inside dwellings because it is associated with health problems, inefficient resource use and greenhouse gas emissions. Most of these improved cook stoves initiatives depend heavily on expert-generated solutions, treating users as mere […]


Call for ARJ. 2018. Climate Change and Action Research: Creating Transformative Knowledge With Stakeholders

The science of climate change tells  us that too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is disrupting climate patterns (IPCC, 2014). It is clear that we must halt catastrophic climate change and at the same time adapt to its near-term impacts.  However, mobilizing social changes at the rate, scale, magnitude and depth that is called […]