Arizona State University is conducting a study to explore how Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument can play a role in stimulating the economy in surrounding communities through tourism. As a part of the study, the ASU research team will be conducting a series of mini-Appreciative Inquiry (AI) sessions. These sessions, building upon the outcomes of dozens of interviews conducted during the last few months in communities near the monument, will seek collective ideas for economic development through tourism.

The participatory AI sessions, which last approximately two hours, aim to: evaluate local community successes and strengths that may lead to a new tourism-related vision for the future; and explore some near-term and long-term actions to accomplish the identified vision. Session findings will be summarized and provided to the communities involved.

The success of these sessions depends largely on the active participation of as many community members as possible. A larger AI session will be conducted April 19, 2013, at Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon City.