Appreciative Inquiry

NECC is home to  Strategic Plans based on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and developed with Appreciative Inquiry.

AI provides a foundation for much of our work at NECC and with a team of staff and faculty trained in AI, we are committed to providing resources, training and workshops to the college community.

We invite you to join us at our open AI sessions that will be offered to the college community, or if you have a specific need or request, please contact Linda Meccouri (Dean of Professional Development) at or at (978) 556-3955.

To learn more about the Institutional Planning and Research of AI, please visit the Appreciative Inquiry Commons and/or New Paradigm Consulting.

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

  • Appreciative Inquiry is a new approach to change and organizational learning, a way of being, seeing, and thinking, an individual mindset. AI is an organizational development model for facilitating positive change in human systems, organizations, groups and communities.
  • The assumption underlying AI is simple; every human system (person/community) has a core of strengths that is often hidden and/or underutilized—what is known as its positive core.
  • AI searches for and finds the positive core
  • When the positive core is revealed and tapped into, it provides a sustainable source of positive energy that nourishes personal and organization change and, potential, transformation.

Please contact Linda Meccouri (Dean of Professional Development) at or at (978) 556-3955 with any questions.