ODNE 2020 Annual Conference – Disruption and Disruptive Practice
Thursday 23 April to Friday 24 April 2020
Pre-Conference Day for experienced practitioners and new to field delegates, Wednesday 22 April
Warwick Conference Centre, UK
Come and join us at our 2020 conference where we explore disruption and disruptive practice in the context of Organisation Development, featuring a keynote address by Margaret Wheatley who will summon us to be leaders for this time of profound disruption. Margaret is a speaker, teacher, community worker, consultant, adviser and formal leader.
This is a topic that has been much written and talked about. As a community of organisation development practitioners we are particularly interested in certain aspects of disruption:
At an organisational level, how do organisations disrupt and get disrupted? This may be because of societal changes, strategic choices or technological inevitability. How can we work to sustain organisations to survive and thrive in disruptive times – both from within these organisations as in-house employees, and as external consultants?
At an individual level, how do we disrupt well? With care and consideration but without reducing the transformative impact of disruption. How can we better cope with disruption ourselves? With the anxiety it can cause, and the uncertainty and opportunities it can create. What implications does disruption have on our identity, and on the power relations that shape us? How do we disrupt up?
Finally, we’re also interested in ourselves as a field of Organisation Development. What disruption do we need? And where might it come from?
And as this is a conference on disruption, there’s a good chance other things will bubble up as part of our conversations…
Wednesday 22 April
09.30 – 10.00 Registration, orientation and networking
10.00 Pre-Conference Day Starts
The pre-conference day is in two streams:
New to Field
A day to enable those new to the field of Organisation Development to connect with others so that they are well set up to enter the conference with a sense of purpose and belonging. The day will cover the story of OD, how experienced practitioners have developed their careers, and some deeper dives into current issues in OD relating to the conference theme of disruption.
Experienced Practitioner Day – hosted by Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge
Organisation Development is a challenging field of practice because we are working with social living (vs technical) systems, which are complex, unpredictable and unknowable. While strong knowledge of the sectoral context, good training in the field of OD, and a portfolio of skills and tools are helpful, in real time it is the ability to discern what is going on in the environment, the needs of the multiple “others” in that context and then managing and deploying ourselves in the here and now to deliver valuable services that matters.
This Day is designed to offer those busy experienced practitioners space to undertake some self-diagnosis of what are the possible internal and external barriers/enablers to affect their optimal use of self, how such barriers/enablers operate to impact on their current effectiveness, while taking stock of their current “fuel tank” and energy flow. Such self-diagnosis will take place through self-reflection, peer coaching, small group discussion with support to identify possible alternative tactics to work with such barriers/strengths to continue their pathway to become masterful practitioners. The day will be highly interactive which will result in some practical ideas practitioners can take away to maintain their optimal use of self.
There will also be a space where the two groups – ‘Experienced’ and ‘New to Field’ – come together (possibly to disrupt these labels…)
1730 Session Close
Thursday 23 April
09.00 – 10.00 Registration, orientation and networking
10.00 Conference Starts
10.00 – 11.00 Opening and Welcome Introductions and exploring the conference themes together – what are our burning questions for ourselves, our organisations and our practice about disruption?
11.00 – 12.00 Panel Discussion Exploring and reflecting further on the questions emerging from conversations about disruption. What are the implications for us? Our aim here is to open up the conversation further – disrupt our thinking to see what gets created for individuals and the conference. Panel guests to be confirmed shortly.
12.00 – 12.30 Reflections What’s shifted for you? What’s been disrupted? What are you going to do now?
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Seminar Sessions on Disruption and Disruptive Practice A mixture of practical, reflective and theoretical sessions to choose from for those new to OD through to experienced practitioners. Expect new insights, challenges and different ways of thinking, being and doing. Details confirmed in February.
14.30 – 15.00 Tea and Coffee Break
15.00 – 16.30 Keynote: Margaret Wheatley Margaret is a speaker, teacher, community worker, consultant, adviser, formal leader. She is a best-selling author of nine books, from the classic Leadership and the New Science in 1992 to her newest book Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity. The keynote will be a mixture of keynote address and interactive session.
16.30 – 17.00 Check Out
17.00 – 18.30 Space This is a part of the programme designed to bring some individual space for reflection and potentially some disruption! It’s time to spend catching up, whether that’s with others, work, home or new connections.
19.00 – 19.30 Pre-Dinner Drinks
Friday 24 April
08.30 – 09.30 Reflective Space This is an optional slot for people interested in disrupting their normal patterns of reflecting through thinking, and instead exploring different ways of working with the whole body.
09.30 – 10.30 “Talk OD” (TOD) Keynotes: Mark Cole, Helena Clayton These are short, provocative and disruptive TED style talks that will provide you with alternatives to how you might currently think about OD and your work.
10.30 – 11.30 Reflections on TOD A chance for us all to reflect and respond to the challenges laid out in the TOD keynotes. What does this mean for us individually and collectively? What are you drawn to and what do you need to do next?
11.30 – 12.00 Tea and Coffee Break
12.00 – 13.00 Seminar Sessions on Disruption and Disruptive Practice A second opportunity to attend a mixture of practical, reflective and theoretical sessions. Details confirmed in February.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Keynote: Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge Mee-Yan is a “scholar-educator-practitioner” in the field of Organisation Development, working globally with organisations to deliver powerful transformational change. Her closing keynote will explore what impact deliberate disruption will have on the system -both collective and individually, and reversely, what is the disruptor’s psychological state in the act of disrupting – which may affect their effectiveness in doing the necessary act for change The keynote will be a mixture of keynote address and interactive session.
15.30 – 15.45 Check Out
16.00 Conference Ends
For those who find this kind of conference agenda too restrictive, or organised, or repetitive, or who just want to try something different, we’re offering a more disruptive Self-Organised Conference pathway. More details on this soon.
NB: This agenda is subject to change as we continue to add speakers and evolve the design.
We will be joined by Margaret Wheatley who will summon us to be leaders for this time of profound disruption, to reclaim leadership as a noble profession that creates possibility and humaneness in the midst of increasing fear and turmoil. Margaret is a speaker, teacher, community worker, consultant, adviser, formal leader. She is a best-selling author of nine books, from the classic Leadership and the New Science in 1992 to her newest book Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity. We are delighted that Margaret can be with us. More keynote and seminar speakers will be announced soon.
We’re delighted to offer this year’s main conference package at the same rate as 2019.
The main conference programme runs Thursday 23 to Friday 24 April. Delegates can also book to attend the additional Pre-Conference Day on Wednesday 23 April to attend masterclass programmes designed for New to Field and experienced practitioners.
We offer a preferential rate for members. Please select the delegate package required.
£535 + VAT
£625 + VAT
New to Field Rate:
£345 + VAT
Pre Conference Day:
Special Sessions for experienced practitioners and new to field delegates.
Attendance on this day costs £150 + VAT and can be booked separately or added to your conference package.
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† We offer a special rate to those who consider themselves ‘New to the Field of Organisation Development’. This supports those new to the field and gives an opportunity to build community in a smaller group setting prior to entering the main conference on 23 & 24 April 2020. We have received feedback to say that ‘this was enormously helpful and it felt good to know people before entering a larger unknown community.’
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