We’ll begin by thinking about people, because we know that each of us will feel the impact of disruptive, confusing change in our personal and professional lives. As breakpoints ripple across generations, cultures, geographies, and histories, how can we remain collectively resilient, courageous, and compassionate? Sharing personal stories, we’ll consider how our own experience influences our beliefs and assumptions ( Paradigms ); the way we interpret and react to our different life challenges ( Perspectives ); and how we create and share personal meaning and value as we move through our lives ( Purpose ).


Next, we’ll explore how we can step authentically and creatively into the unknown with optimism, remaining determined to find sources of inspiration to illuminate the shadows of uncertainty and doubt. How might we acknowledge and accept this duality embedded in our global practice? We’ll have the chance to use our experience as OD practitioners to create balance with our minds ( Positive Thinking ); our designs creating constructive dialogue and emerging action ( Positive Action ); and our steadfast commitment to sustainable change ( Positive Outcomes ).


Finally, we’ll step courageously into the future, through conversations about our own vital, highly relevant, and indispensable work. In order to step through the breakpoints ahead of us, we must take new risks and joint action. As a global community of committed OD practitioners, we’re uniquely capable of finding ways and methods to adapt and rise professionally ( Process ); to develop new, creative approaches to learning and change ( Practice ); and to elevate our competencies, capabilities and overall impact ( Performance ).

And will we succeed together? We will, because we must, and because we can. But to meet all these challenges we’re now facing, as OD practitioners we’ll need to use our differences, share our knowledge and resources, and work together in conscious, creative, and united ways.

The purpose of the Third OD World Summit is to engage the Global OD Community in a constructive conversation that will bring this vision closer to all of us – for all of us.