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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

19.30 Dinner


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. 

Member Rate:

£535 + VAT

Non-Member Rate:

£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.


To book your place select from:

† 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.’

Data protection
Your information will be held by ODN Europe in accordance with the principles of GDPR for the organisation and administration of the event. For the purposes of GDPR, ODN Europe is the data controller.
Your personal data will only be used as you would expect us to do; in other words it will only be used for operational purposes and never passed on to any other organisation for marketing purposes. That means we will only share it with authorised ODN Europe officers and those parties for whom it is essential to deliver the event.


Cancellation of event
In the unlikely event that ODN Europe has to cancel an event, we will refund any pre-paid registration fees. ODN Europe shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individual delegates.


Cancellation of attendance at an event

If you are unable to attend an event and need to cancel a booking, let us know in advance and in writing by email to

Where a fee has been charged, you will be reimbursed as follows:

  • For cancellations up until midnight six weeks prior to the event a 90% refund will be given
  • For cancellations up until midnight four weeks prior to the event a 50% refund will be given
  • For cancellations up until midnight two weeks prior to the event a 25% refund will be given
  • For registrations cancelled after midnight, seven days prior to the event, or for failure to attend the conference, no refund will be given


Payment methods

Where an event fee applies all event bookings will generate an invoice. This will be issued to the delegate (or other contact as advised) by the ODN Europe Accounts department for payment.

Where required, purchase order numbers must be included on the booking form.

Payment methods accepted are:

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit card– secure online payment via Stripe


Recording disclaimer

During this event we may do one or all of the following:

  • Take general photographs
  • Record all audio output from the event
  • Video record the event proceedings
  • Live stream selected event proceedings

Any subsequent photographs or recordings may be used in future ODN Europe publicity materials only. All video and audio recordings and photographs will remain the property of ODN Europe. By submitting this registration form you are agreeing to the photographing and/or recording and/or filming of the proceedings, as described above, being made for future dissemination by ODN Europe and third parties within whom it works in partnership, for non-commercial purposes.

If you wish NOT to be photographed or video recorded, please let the organisers know on arrival.


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Neither ODN Europe nor the venue will be responsible for any loss, theft or damage to your personal belongings, other than caused as a result of our negligence or that of the venue or other breach of statutory duty by us or the venue.

You will be responsible for paying for any damage which you cause to property at the venue including the cost of additional cleaning where charged by the venue.

Nothing in these terms and conditions will operate to limit or exclude liability of each party for death or personal injury arising out of its negligence, or for its fraud nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Subject to the paragraph above, in no circumstances will either party be liable to the other party for any loss of business, revenue, profits, anticipated savings or goodwill (whether direct or indirect) or for any indirect, special or consequential loss, arising out of or in connection with these terms and conditions and the event.


Equality and Diversity statement

ODN Europe is working towards being fully inclusive. We endeavour to arrange events in fully accessible locations. However, we would appreciate your co-operation in meeting specific requirements and ask that you inform us immediately if you require additional facilities (for example a loop system, BSL interpretation) or any other personal requirements.

We may need to pass on information to a third party about your support requirements. If we are not able to reveal these details this may affect the accessibility arrangements we are able to provide. By submitting this booking form you agree to your support requirements being passed on to relevant third parties.

This conference is the largest gathering of OD professionals in Europe.  To sponsor the event, please click here to download our sponsorship brochure. 

Please send any queries or sponsorship offers to by Friday 13 March 2020.

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