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2017 Call for Student Proposals

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The OD Network Board of Directors and our membership recognize that you, in your current academic pursuits, are tomorrow’s face of the Organization Development profession. As the professional association for Organization Development the OD Network is a great place to connect with others in the field. Our Annual Conference offers not only the opportunity to connect; it also offers the opportunity to showcase your work, findings and theories. In support of you and the academic programs focused on OD, we have dedicated time blocks specifically for students. Please consider submitting a proposal to participate in the 2017 OD Network Annual Conference and share your work with your colleagues.

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Our Annual Conference is a great place for students to share their ideas, and to get feedback from experienced OD professionals from around the globe. 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. The Planning Task Force is looking for dynamic and engaging topics and those who not only bring their skills to the conference, but also bring learnings to share with participants that are experiential, relatable, and transferable.

The Call of our Time: OD Innovating for Impact

Our world faces great opportunities — rebuilding trust in our financial systems and global relationships, turning around inequality and poverty, caring for our environment, and lifting up education and healthcare. Organization Development — being creative, inspirational, and deeply practical — is poised to inspire and generate the innovation being called forth by our organizations, communities, and society. The 2017 Conference invites all of us to think differently about our work, not as intervention but rather as innovation and delivering impact. Our Conference will combine learning from thought-leaders and practitioners with hands-on action learning in multi-stakeholder client systems. Be part of the innovation in OD that will answer the call of our time. It is our time!

Conference sessions will take two forms: classic concurrent presentations and live large-group change meetings. In both types of experiences, participants will interact with new and familiar tools, techniques, approaches, models, and philosophies. Three sub-themes will weave through the Conference sessions, with opportunities to delve deeply into: technology, collective action and innovation.

Technology – Increasingly OD practitioners are discovering technology as a necessary tool for their work no matter the context. How does technology increase not only productivity but meaning? How is technology bridging differences across generations, race, beliefs and life experiences? The Conference explores technology’s role in developing healthy human systems and how it may change our field in the future.

Collective Action – Inspiring collective action is essential to drive sustainable change within and across boundaries. What is it like to engage in large-group change methods as a part of, not apart from, the evolving system? How do client systems sustain the engagement and positive momentum that often happens when people collaborate towards a common goal? The Conference invites attendees to hear cases about and have hands-on experience with large scale change initiatives.

Innovation – OD practitioners harness their skills in creativity, improvisation, and experimentation to guide the evolution of businesses and nonprofits, communities and institutions and in broader society. Which innovative techniques and approaches have positively affected these settings? How might we innovate ourselves as instruments to drive impact and prepare for our future challenges? How is the field of OD itself changing to develop and guide human systems of all types? The Conference invites participants to dive deeply into ways to innovate for impact.

Submission Requirements

At the time of submission students must be either:

  • A current student in an OD related graduate or doctoral institution
  • Within 3 months of having graduated from an OD related graduate or doctoral institution


  • Student must be a member of the OD Network (Not a member? Join today!)
  • Submission should be complete and relevant to the conference theme and sub-themes
  • Students may partner with other students from their program or other ODEA programs
  • Students may partner with a faculty member or a customer provided the student is the primary presenter
  • Students are strongly encouraged to attend the full Conference
  • Learn more about the presentation formats with the Session Format Descriptions PDF.
  • Before you submit your proposal, take a look at the tips sheet from our Program Committee to help you with your submission.

How to Submit

  • Proposals must be submitted online below.
  • Proposals must be received by the end of the day (midnight EST) July 5, 2017.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email in early summer 2017

Please email with any questions.

It is important that you provide ALL of the information requested on the online form. This information will be published on the OD Network website and printed program if the session is selected. Your email and phone number are for internal use only.

Enter the following student information exactly as you would like it to appear in any session materials, should your session be accepted. Information will be listed as "Name, Designation, Title, Organization, Country".

Please be sure to add to your e-mail contact list to make sure your notification e-mail this summer comes to your inbox.

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Clarify your design by answering the following seven questions.

Question 1:  How does your topic relate to the conference track?

Question 2: What is the purpose of this session?

Question 3: What will people learn?

Question 4: How will they learn? (Please be sure to describe the experiential approach you intend to use.)

Question 5: What learning outcomes could they apply immediately in their own work?

Question 6: What impact might this session have on the field of OD?

Question 7: What impact might this session have on the larger world?


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