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ODNE 2023 – Emerging Conference Programme

The Hague, Wednesday 14 to Friday 16th June

We’ll open on Wednesday at 13:00 and after an introduction and time to connect with each other, we’ll hear from two keynote speakers. The emphasis will be on key and note: our speakers will pick up their themes in more depth in optional, longer workshops the following day:

  • Nicola Strong, independent consultant and Visiting Research Academic at the Institute for Ethical AI at Oxford Brookes University, will sketch out the AI landscape and point to some of the ethical questions arising as AI starts to intermediate our working relationships.
  • OD consultant and writer Gwen Stirling-Wilkie will introduce her concept of ‘Omni-Working’ a framework for reimagining work in the aftermath of the pandemic. Last week’s ODNE email has a link to Gwen’s introductory video about this.

We’ll conclude at around 17:00 with early evening drinks on the roof terrace.

On Thursday we have a whole day, starting at 09:00 and finishing at 17:00.

Three strands of content are emerging (as are the names for them):

  • New ideas – things to think about: Nicola will host an interactive session continuing the theme of AI and its impact on human relationships; Roffey Park will be bringing some thoughts on Functional Collusion.
  • Practical methods: Gwen will lead a session developing the theme of Omni-Working; Katrina Barry will host a session on using constellations in decision-making.
  • OD in practice: We have guests from Shell and Novartis and Metalogue (plus client) who will all host sessions drawing on their OD practice. Exact content is to be confirmed but we’re hoping Shell will speak about their use of data in OD.

We’ll be adding further sessions to each of these strands over the coming weeks.

We’re also including space for self-organised sessions to give you the chance to create things in response to the ‘organised’ content – or to do something entirely different (including nothing: conferences can be a bit intense sometimes).

Finally, for those of you who love to ‘break the talking space’ we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Sarah Storm will run a Street Wisdom session for us in the centre of The Hague.

We’ll draw to a close at around 17:00. For the evening there’s an optional barbecue on the roof terrace – or you can of course find your own dinner in The Hague, or take the tram to Scheveningen and go for a walk on the beach.

On Friday morning we’ll close out the conference, hopefully in a relaxed way, finishing with lunch at 13:00.

We’ll be sending out more detail on all aspects of the conference as the sessions develop.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

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