The ISODC – A 2014 Reflection

The International Society for Organization Development and Change is a longtime affiliate of NEXUS4change.  Born out of the longtime work from the Organization Development Institute, the ISODC’s mission is to “build the field of O.D. into a highly respected profession.”  In 2014 NEXUS and the ISODC partnered to create some great experiences for our communities.  We submitted a summary of our experiences to the ISODC for their final newsletter of the year.  Here are some of the highlights:

NEXUS & ISODC: Partnering for the future of Organization Development & Change

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NEXUS 2014 Webinars

We partnered with the ISODC on several webinars this year.  Here are the links to the sessions:

  1. Opening Doors: 4 Keys that Change Everything with Judith Katz and Fred Miller of the Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group.
  2. The Birth of OD – Stories and Reflections on our Origins with Marv Weisbord, Harrison Owen, Peter Sorensen, and Emily Axelrod.
  3. On the Shoulders of Giants: Four Trends for the Future of OD with Therese Yeager, Jake Jacobs, and Lena Neal.

NEXUS attendance at ISODC Conferences

NEXUS4change had two great conference experiences with ISODC members this year.

The ISODC Information Exchange and the George Williams Conference Center

NEXUS facilitated the opening and closing of the session. During the opening of the session, participants learned by doing as they shared their expectations of the event using the Civic Engagement (Block), Open Space (Owen), and Conversation Cafe (Robin) methods. We closed the conference by summarizing the highlights of the session and determining next steps using the World Cafe (Brown, Isaacs) method.

The ISODC Second International Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

This was a diverse and truly informative session that brought together several international communities of OD&C practitioners and scholars. NEXUS lead a discussion about What’s NEXT for the future of OD? – highlighting key work from the conference presenters. We also facilitated a live webinar session during the conference, highlighting digital trends in OD. In addition, we facilitated the post conference activities in Amsterdam. Participants discussed creating PLAN’s, designing interventions, and creating long term change roadmaps. The individual sessions, post conference activities, and networking made for a great experience in Amsterdam.

Stay on the lookout for 2015 as we have several more activities already lined up including: A webinar series featuring contributors to the Winter 2014 Organization Development Journal titled OD in the Digital Age and NEXUS participation in the 2015 ISODC conference and Think Tanks. Stay tuned at www,NEXUS4change.org for more opportunities as we continue to collaborate.

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