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The Philadelphia Region ODN holds Second Learning Exchange on Intergenerational Leadership

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 8, 2013

On Saturday, February 23, the Philadelphia Region ODN (PRODN) held its second Learning Exchange at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) – hosted by the Graduate OD & Leadership (ODL) Program.  In a model of collaborative effort and practice, the Philadelphia Foundation's Intergenerational Work Group (IWG) and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) co-sponsored a highly spirited and intentional design for discovery and personal action.   

         This learning exchange focused on Intergenerational Leadership and learning new ways to leverage generational diversity to enhance leadership capacity at all levels to meet organizational needs.  The day-long experience was designed by an intergenerational group of leaders and practitioners to enable participants to build their capacity to work with and across generations, and share insights and stories while being heard in a dynamic learning environment.  The event was highly interactive and incorporated AI, Power Dynamics, dance and music as ways of communication, expression and connection.  An Open Space session at the end of the workshop allowed participants to focus future energy on those issues and questions most relevant to the group.                

The revival of PRODN started with a PCOM-ODL Program Learning Exchange in  December 2011 when over 70 students, alumni, faculty and friends of the ODL program came together to talk about how as a program they could provide greater impact on the Philadelphia region.  An echo of responses included a call to revive the ODN community in Philadelphia with an intention to invite leaders from different sectors including the different cultural arts communities to a new PRODN.  The excitement included dialogue of ways of "inviting others in" so it would be inclusive of all the communities.  The current invitation steps include reaching out to other organizations and higher education institutions          

PRODN has been very active in the past year reviving the organization after a few years of dormancy, and the Learning Exchange concept has been a key driver in that revival. The first PRODN Learning Exchange held Summer 2012 focused on how practitoners and leaders were applying the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry.   At the most recent event,  over 60 persons, and 5 new members joined PRODN.  The next Learning Exchange will be a "co-creation” event held in April at which members will define what they want PRODN to be, and how that vision might be implemented.    

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Maggie Shreve says...
Posted Monday, April 8, 2013
This sounds great! And it seems that our regional and Philadelphia's have experienced a similar path. ODN of Chicago started picking up new members and new energy in 2010 and now we've more than tripled our size and budget in less than 2.5 years. While we haven't gone the route of a "learning exchange," we have focused on building interactive monthly programs that seem to be drawing a larger and larger group. Our mission is to build the OD community here in Chicago and it looks like that's what is happening in Phillie too! Yeah!

Maggie Shreve, President, OD Network of Chicago
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