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Consciousness Raiser

Global Competency Focus


Consciousness Raisers feel most alive when helping others expand their worldviews, increase their hope, and broaden their sense of empowerment. Even coaching just one person in this way can leave a Consciousness Raiser feeling fulfilled and whole. They neither require, nor become attached to formal OD titles. In fact, their broad OD mastery opens many doors, including leadership and learning positions that benefit society in contexts like education, charity, conservation, and community development. Being familiar with multiple OD interventions also provides Consciousness Raisers with flexibility necessary to differentiate their approach based on the unique needs of their constituents. Though they are not reliant upon or limited to any single OD approach, the thread that runs through their work includes skillfully expanding a community's ability to make sense of its problems and opportunities.

Prioritize your Learning, Research, Stretch-Assignments, and Mentors!

The OD Network's Global Competency Framework is what is known as a a "full-spectrum" approach to OD skill development. Though it may be ideal for some people, not ever practitioner will be interested (or compelled by their job requirements) to learn all of these competencies. 


To help prioritize your OD professional development in a way that is most meaningful, practical, and economical, utilize this illustration to chart learning journey. Start with the competency cluster next to the number 1, and then move onto 2, 3, and so on.

Pay particularly careful attention to competency areas marked by stars,  as they are more likely to be appealing and useful to you given your preferences.

The Global Competency Framework also contains numerous "OD Specializations" you may choose to develop. We've studied the relevance of each of these specializations for jobs that match your preference. 

To prioritize your development it is always best to speak with a career coach to make sure that your development aligns your vision, mission, strengths and interests with real OD career opportunities.


Generally, however, we suggest starting at the top of the list and then working your way down. Anything above 80% may be considered an essential specialization for your preference..


Anything between 50- 79% should be considered an important specialization for careers that match your preference. Anything below 50% is can be helpful but not

Specialization Relevance
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