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2017 Annual Conference

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Join us for the 2017 Annual Conference in the Windy City! Chicago is world renowned for its innovations in business and culture, from art and music to architecture.

2017 OD Network Annual Conference

Loews Chicago O'Hare

October 14-17, 2017

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The Call for Abstracts is now open!

The Program Committee is looking for dynamic and engaging facilitators who not only bring their skills and experiences to the conference but also learnings to share with participants that are experiential, relatable and transferable.

Facilitators will host sessions on topics relevant to the theme The Call of our Time: OD Innovating for Impact and sub-themes: Technology, Collective Action, and Innovation. This is also your chance to facilitate conversations and dialogue that deepen understanding of OD principles and practices and engage participants with emerging perspectives in our field.

We are seeking diverse, innovative proposals from around the world. Learn more about each category on the Session Format Descriptions PDF.

The Call of our Time: OD Innovating for Impact

What is the Call of our Time to our profession? Organization Development can be creative, inspirational, and deeply practical. In what ways will our profession inspire and generate the innovation being called forth by our organizations, communities, and society? This theme invites us to think differently of our work, not as intervention but rather as innovation grounded in humanity. It is our time.

The following sub-themes will be explored at multiple system levels (e.g., individual, organizational, city, society.):

Technology – Increasingly OD practitioners are discovering technology as a necessary tool for their work no matter the context. This sub-theme explores how technology fits within the calling of OD practitioners.

Collective Action – Large-scale change initiatives are an essential part of the OD practitioner’s tool kit and this sub-theme invites attendees to learn and relearn these tools.

Innovation – Whether working with a business or a social justice nonprofit, OD practitioners find themselves called upon to harness their creativity, improvisation, and experimentation skills. This sub-theme offers attendees a deep dive into ways to innovate for impact.

Submit your proposal today.

How to Submit

  • Proposals must be submitted online below.
  • Proposals must be received by the close of business (5:00 pm EST) March 21, 2017.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email in late spring of 2017.


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