Open Source Organization Development
There are over 40 definitions of Organization Development (OD), but no matter which definition you prefer, the field continues to draw upon a wide variety of philosophical, behavioral, sociological, and pedagogical traditions to systematically develop healthy organizational systems, structures, and learning opportunities that support engaging, adaptive, and effective workplaces. Now more than ever, the field must play a central role in helping organizations and society navigate unprecedented challenges, including COVID-19, racism, restructures, work-from-anywhere ecosystems, and the "Great Resignation, Awakening, and Reset."
Our vision is to ignite the spirit, reach, and impact of Organization Development.
Our mission is to provide a free, member-driven space that boosts OD's ability to address pressing challenges to humanity and transform organizational performance in radically innovative and unobstructed ways.
To accomplish these aims we invite an infinite range of perspectives, professionals, knowledge levels, and lines of inquiry to foster an Open-Source OD Mindset, which includes the following values:
Practice mindfulness and open attitudes such as beginner's mind, remaining non-judgmental, and rising above the trappings of ego and habitual thinking.
Proactively contribute to a psychologically safe and enjoyable space that promotes belonging and challenges us to let go of unhelpful attachments and harmful biases.
Stay actively curious, feeding and connecting to your (and others') deepest sense of purpose to create OD solutions and experiences that continuously expand our practice.
The wildest idea, no matter how seemingly impractical or foolish could be the one that sets off a chain reaction of creativity. Fly your paper airplane! Say "yes and..." Keep the momentum going, because the best is always yet to come!
Open your ideas, research, findings, and collaborations freely with others, and provide unfettered and ongoing feedback to members and site administrators in order to improve the experience and success of your colleagues.
Developing a deeper understanding of yourself and discovering new OD solutions is something we can all celebrate! Let's share our discoveries in the classroom, the boardroom, research publications, and conferences.
Our strategy is to stimulate and promote innovative and inclusive OD theories and practices, as well as a clearer understanding of the field's rapid evolution and diffusion into leadership and related professions, such as Human Resources, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Talent Development, Organizational Effectiveness, and (yes, even) Management Consulting! We accomplish this through your active engagement with self-directed professional development tools that link to back-end research conducted by OD experts and Ph.D. students who in turn improve these tools and share helpful insights.
OD Career Calling Assessment
Reach for the stars! The OD Career Calling Assessment (ODCC) will help you find a career that not only orbits the value system of OD, but is also fueled by your unique talents, sources of inspiration, work-life preferences, and the type change you wish to facilitate. It is designed to be an especially helpful tool for emerging practitioners, OD graduate students, and researchers studying the field's rapid ascent.
Virtual Reality OD
In living color, OD is rarely linear and is regularly met with potential pitfalls, challenges, and ethical dilemmas.The educational aim of our Virtual Reality OD Simulation, which is now in its testing stage, is to provide a scenario-based, real-to-life case study (where there are no easy answers) so that you can strengthen OD competencies that are difficult or impossible to develop through books and lectures.
OD Innovation Lab
Popular OD solutions are often run like software applications that require some behavioral science knowledge, but not necessarily the deeper psychological concepts behind them. With Open-Source OD Innovation Labs, we have reverse-engineered OD to provide a fun space for creative OD students, practitioners and researchers to prototype, test, and learn about novel OD approaches to innovation and inclusion.