Conference

JOIN US AT THE THIRD ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT WORLD SUMMIT (ODWS 2021) IN BANGKOK, THAILAND!

Organized and hosted by Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand and IODA – The International Organization Development Association – our third (virtual) OD World Summit – after Budapest in 2010 and Portland in 2015 – will focus on the turbulent future we’re all confronting as a global professional OD community.

Our ODWS 2021 theme?

“ BREAKPOINTS AND BEYOND ”

Why “Breakpoints”?

Breakpoints are sudden, unexpected disruptions where old ways abruptly fracture, and new ways must be quickly and creatively invented to meet complex challenges and move us forward. 

Breakpoints occur when familiar human needs, situations, solutions, expectations, and choices all collide and rupture simultaneously.  This collision can paralyze and confuse us, but it can also awaken and enlighten our intentions, unleash our creative energies, and ignite a renewed awareness of our global community and a stronger commitment to the future we will all share.  

So, as experts in learning and change and in the dynamics of human systems and processes, breakpoints invite us to work at every level – individual, group, team, organization, societal, and planetary – to recognize, access, and engage human possibility.  And they require us to work collectively to innovate, re-create, and co-create our capacities for living and thriving together, across the globe. 

As global OD practitioners, new rules are required to guide us toward success, creative growth, and sustainable change.  It’s clear that we must now recalibrate the meaning of both human and digital transformation, control the application of digitalization and artificial intelligence, and direct us toward approaches to change complex, connected, global ecosystems.

We’ll look at Breakpoints and Beyond through three, related lenses: