|March Network News Opening Letter|
Are You Ready to Meet the World in Portland?
We are excited to announce that this year’s OD Network | IODA Conference from the 17-20th of October in Portland, Oregon will be co-hosted by OD Network and IODA, the International OD Association, two of the most prestigious organizations of our field in the world. So - with the aim of “Co-creating a Global OD Community” - we hereby invite you and your colleagues from around the world to come together in Portland for the:
2015 OD Network | IODA Annual Conference & 2nd OD World Summit.
The 2015 Program Committee is already working hard and is having lots of fun creating an outstanding program and a meaningful experience for all of us, and we - Lori Blander and Peter Kalmar - are just thrilled to be your co-chairs for this year, doing our very best to bring the world of OD together in the Pacific Northwest for this epic, milestone event.
In our vision, this year’s summit will be a fantastic global gathering that brings all continents and walks of life together, connected through a passion for OD. The conference will be a dynamic international event that facilitates learning and change at organizational, community and societal levels.
Our theme and the concept that will guide us through our 3-day journey together is:
“Our Field. Our World. Our Impact.”
On Day 1 - Our Field, we will focus on our roots in Organization Development. Where do we come from, how have we arrived at where we are today and where are we going as a field? What are some of the important, relevant, and pressing questions and dilemmas we are facing as a community of practice?
On Day 2 - Our World, we will explore the changes in our environments both locally and globally, as we look at what we as OD practitioners do in state of the art projects around the globe. What does OD mean in different parts of the world and what can OD offer today both locally and globally?
On Day 3 - Our Impact, based on the insights and inspirations from the previous days, we will share examples of impactful interventions and initiatives to create new ones collectively. How can we individually and by joining forces make a difference in our organizations locally and in the world?
Prior to Day 1, we will have a full day of pre-conference learning opportunities. These optional programs will range from on-site learning workshops, to community events, company visits and city tours. The pre-conference day will embrace learning, building community and reaching out to Portland, while getting us in the mood and enriching the overall conference experience.
As your Program Committee, we look forward to leading the way. We could not be more excited to bring this grand event - after 2010 in Budapest – this year to Portland, providing all of you a unique experience that helps you to grow, inspires, creates new opportunities, strengthens networks and builds strong, lasting bonds:
“Connecting our communities to flourish together!”
So if you are looking for an event that brings you together with colleagues from 30+ countries, if you want to expand your horizon, learn, share, co-create and provide enrichment and excitement both in your work and private life, then put the dates into your calendar, start planning and join us in:
“Portland - Our Passageway to the World!”
We look forward to meeting you all in October, on behalf of the 2015 Program Committee, best regards:
Lori Blander - Conference Co-Chair ODN
Peter Kalmar - Conference Co-Chair IODA