“Appreciative Inquiry shifts our perspectives from problems to possibilities
by asking provocative questions.
How might we invite fresh, imaginative thinking?
Focus collective action on what is most promising?
Inspire individuals tobring their best to the task at hand?
These questions unleash the power of Appreciative Inquiry and its
promise for creating the world we want in our homes,
our workplaces, our communities and our global institutions.”

Barbara E. Lewis is a Principal with the Rocky Mountain Center for Positive Change, dedicated to advancing the art of collaboration through Appreciative Inquiry and other transformational processes. Barbara is widely respected for her skills in designing and facilitating creative, objectives-driven processes involving diverse stakeholders. She has helped local, state and national interests collaborate effectively on such issues as water policies, transportation funding, infrastructure planning, emergency preparedness, sustainability planning, land use and zoning, waste management and community visioning and strategic planning.

Barbara is a pioneer in strength-based, stakeholder engagement processes. She managed the award-winning citywide strategic plan for the City of Longmont and has been instrumental in Longmont’s widespread use of appreciative inquiry. She designed and facilitated similar innovative approaches for:

  • Community-based action planning at the City of Boulder’s WalkBike Summit
  • Enhancing stakeholder collaboration on Eagle P3 commuter rail project in Denver
  • Engaging the community in visioning for Denver International Airport’s Sustainability Management Plan
  • Forging urban/rural connections for Fort Collins’ Community Marketplace
  • Creating a shared vision for the Town of Buckeye, AZ
  • Planning a environmental center of excellence for Pierce County, WA
  • Strategic planning for The Adoption Exchange and Eastern Region of Food Banks

Barbara is co-editor of The Promise of Appreciative Cities: Compelling the Whole to Act, the November 2013 edition of the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner. She also co-authored the International Association for Public Participation’s Techniques Training Manual and is a contributor to the 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of Positive Questions: Volume One: Questions to Bring Out the Best at Work (Crown Custom Publishing, 2014).

Barbara’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Economics from Colorado College and a Master of Science in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin. She is President of the Colorado Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation.