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Appreciative Inquiry

This is the second edition of the last year's book Appreciative Inquiry with remarkable addition of new chapters. This has also added preliminary opinions from Dr. Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha, Life Member of Nepal Academy and Dr. Keshav Shrestha, Executive Director, Curriculum Development Center, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur.

This book on Appreciative Inquiry has inked on Development Trend, Visionary Planning and Action, Human Resource Capacity Building, Inspirational Leadership, Education, Business, Spiritual Wisdom, Conflict Transformation and Peace Building, Environmental Conservation, Success Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Views of Different Scholars on the book Sakaratmak Sodhkhoj (Appreciative Inquiry)

Appreciative Inquiry was the technique discussed in Mountain Development International Conference in Peru, 1993. So far I was concerned then; it was a tool to attract one towards light of positivity not the darkness of negativity as a sunflower goes towards the Sun. This book has succeeded in showing how well Appreciative Inquiry got developed in course of 18/19 years' of time. Sayings from Napoleon, slok from Gita, Gandhi's quote, Osho's lessons and Bernard Shaw's quotations adorned in the book are praiseworthy. Even catchy poems are included in some places. We find the use of ample of story, tales, real events, metaphor and examples as to make the discourse of Appreciative Inquiry interesting.
- Dr. Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha, Life Member, Nepal Pragya Pratishthan

Chandi is hard at work with a remarkable network of trained AI professionals that have emerged from this early work (1995-1997), established an Imagine Nepal and organized “Peace Building and Positive Societal Transformation Summit” in 2005 and in the November “2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference” with Prof. David Cooperrider and many AI practitioners from all over the world that brings new hope to a beleaguered country... I wish him, his book and his remarkable network of dedicated Nepali AI practitioners the best of luck.
- Dr. Mac Odell, South Hampton, NH, USA

The writer has justified the values through positivity and spiritual thinking for development process, inclusion and morally good society, love and brotherhood with different thoughts and views. This book is readable to all the intellectuals, development workers, teachers, students, spiritual thinkers, politicians and professionals. I respect his attempt and wish him all successes.
- Dr. Keshav Kumar Shrestha, Executive Director, CDC, TU

People, society, and nature in Nepal have boundless possibilities and potentials inherent within. Identification, mobilization, utilization and protection of such potentials make sustainable development possible. Balance between life and system, human thinking for their conceptualization, thought process, planning and interactions of organizations can make social changes easier. Through this, we can mentally see off our culture of prohibition, accusation, negative thinking, fatalism etc thereby developing the positive culture. Dr. Chapagain has drawn lucid conclusion from his long experience: sustainable development in Nepal is possible because people's positive thinking, knowledge, wisdom and resources available here have given lots of possibilities. Hence, he has presented here great many examples depicting human capacity building, promotion of disadvantaged, leadership development and conflict transformation through Appreciative Inquiry Method. For me, this book clicks people's consciousness and is practically helpful for people from development field, students, community and organizations. I congratulate Dr. Chapagain for its edition.
- Dev Raj Dahal, Chief, FES Nepal

A number of feelings, spread all over the  book suggesting to think positive, do positive, learn and teach positive life for society, nation and the world, are praiseworthy.
- Jagdish Ghimire, Kirtipur

Dr. Chapagai has presented Appreciative Inquiry as a weapon needed to fight for positivity. Investment in this book, for those who aspire to win the life war, is not an expense but income.

Appreciative inquiry can also be taken as the vehicle of new era and the light house in the darkness of our country which is tormented by the falsity of negativity as bravery whereas positivity as the weakness.
- Dr. Yogi Bikasananda

Rapid development is possible if human mind is transformed with the feeling of appreciative inquiry, positive thinking and morality, and also if the society is guided accordingly. We often find less egoism but more service and equality in the development done from spiritual wisdom. From this, social transformation in a rapid scale is possible.
- Bachan Pravin Deenbandhu Pokharel

Concept of 5 Ds (Discovery, Dream, Design, Dialogue, Destiny) discussed in the book by Dr. Chandi Prasad Chapagain is highly contextual. Today's society needs the book as such. I congratulate and respect his attempt of publishing useful book as such.
- Karna Shakya

Lost among problems and searching their reasons for ages, our society will gain strength to cope with post modern thought and styles through this book. Instead of explaining the reasons of already known problems, the book clarifies that it is high time for us to move ahead on the basis of our stronger aspects, reasons behind them, sources and organizational capacity present in our society.

Dr. Chapagain, a man with long experience in INGOs, has blended the development process along spiritual wisdom, culture and value. His strength is new, concrete and logical. Moreover, not stating his experiences alone, he has put forward development process along with theories, principles, methods and practical aspects, which is finely tuned and valid from the point of view of research as well.
- Dr. Hriday Shrestha, Research Associate, Michigan State University, USA

The very important thing about Chandiji's Sakaratmak Sodhkhoj for me is spiritual aspect integral to its thought and practice. Life definitely heads towards the brightness as soon as the practice of assimilating values as love, integrity, justice, good work etc begins. Impurity and odor decrease. After I have made Buddhism my lifestyle, as per my gurus' ideas, I have experienced that the more human virtues are increased in life, the less are the envy, unrest and negative thinking. Moreover, the exercise of Sakaratmak Sodhkhoj, Chandiji's well portrayed sayings, belief, religion, culture, values, positivity, negativity, theism, atheism, is realizable and possible. No doubt, it gradually brings about positive changes in an individual and then the entire environment he/she is connected to.
- Rita Thapa, Woman Rights Activist, TEWA and Nagarik Aawaj

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