Rising Above Cynicism: Appreciative Inquiry as a Way to Thrive

Over a decade of working in emergency relief in nine countries left me discouraged, hopeless and cynical. I had seen the effects of war, managed crises and experienced abuses of power. I struggled to see the impact of my work, to the point of noticing the detrimental and potential harms of aid. Situations were bleak, and all I could see and feel was sorrow. I was on the verge of burnout.

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