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2020 AGM & Speaker Virtual Event

June 4, 2020 @ 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM


Annual General Meeting & Speaker Event: Glenda Eoyang, Human Systems Dynamics

Join BCODN members and OD colleagues to network, learn about programs that BCODN has developed and implemented over the past year, and share your thoughts and ideas with the community. Current BCODN members will have the opportunity to vote in new members of the BCODN Board of Directors. This event is free although a ticket is required to register (see below).

Date & Time:

Thursday, June 4,  5:45-8:30 pm

5:45-6:00 pm: Networking and Zoom meeting set up
6:00-6:45 pm: Annual General Meeting
6:45-8:30 pm: Speaker Event: Glenda Eoyang, PhD, Human Systems Dynamics Institute.


Virtual Program hosted on Zoom. A password will be provided to registered attendees.

Program Overview: 

We would love to ask Kurt Lewin, “When do we get to refreeze?” 

If he were alive today, we think he would say, “Never!”

Our clients, and the worlds they live and work in, get more complex and uncertain every day. Regardless of sector, industry, location, or size, organization change is a never-ending story. If we are to succeed as OD practitioners in this complex and turbulent environment, we will do more than empathize or respond to immediate needs. We will help our clients build the adaptive muscle they will need to navigate the future as it unfolds.

Following the AGM, we welcome Dr. Glenda Eoyang, Executive Director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, who will help us reflect on our role as coaches in an infinite game. We will learn and practice three skills that build the adaptive capacity we and our clients need to thrive in the future we can’t predict or control. She will share her experiences in changing change for health care, government, education, philanthropy and business. Her stories cover a range of organization challenges, from leadership and strategy through culture and process improvement. She has supported change around the world. Her global perspectives are informed by work in South Africa, United Kingdom, Romania, Netherlands, Finland, Brazil, Canada, and Israel.  

Bring your wicked issues and emerging ideas to share, as we step into the slushy future!

Session Objectives:

  • Identify your own and explore others’ wicked issues of change in the Age of Uncertainty
  • Share emerging patterns of change for yourselves and your clients
  • Distinguish finite from infinite processes of change and identify strategies, risks, and benefits of each
  • Learn and practice three skills that build adaptive capacity in times of radical change
  • Develop an action plan to address your wicked issue and continue developing your own adaptive capacity.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Engage more effectively with emergent and unpredictable change
  • Offer clients and colleagues new tools  to cope with chaotic conditions
  • Build your confidence to expand your practice of organization development into the next decade.

Who Should Attend?

All BCODN members and friends, and anyone new to BCODN who would like to meet members of the OD community. The speaker program will be useful for anyone who practices OD in complex and uncertain environments, including: internal and external consultants; leaders engaged in culture development and complex change; HR and L&D professionals involved in change, engagement, or culture; and old timers and newcomers to the field of OD!

Price: The event is free, although ticket is required to register (see below)

Speaker Bio:

Glenda Eoyang helps people thrive in the face of overwhelming complexity and uncertainty. She is a pioneer in the applications of complexity science to human systems. As the Founding Executive Director of Human Systems Dynamics Institute, Glenda develops adaptive capacity in others, so they see patterns in the chaos that surrounds them, understand the patterns in simple and powerful ways, and take practical steps to shift chaos toward coherence. 

The HSD Associate Network, which she leads, includes 800 scholar-practitioners around the world in diverse sectors including education, health care, government, and philanthropy. Her work relates to human systems at all scales and contexts from individual health and wellness to performance evaluation and international patterns of corruption and conflict. Recent clients include the Finnish Research Institute (VTT), US Environmental Protection Agency, Oxfam International, Yukon Territorial Government, Catholic Charities, the Association for Medical Education in Europe, National Health Service in the UK, and ReThink Health. 

Her published works include scholarly articles in a variety of fields and Radical Rules for Schools  (HSD Institute, March 2013), Coping with Chaos (Lagumo Press, 1996). Adaptive Action: Leveraging Uncertainty in Your Organization (Stanford University Press, 2013). All of her writings provide a roadmap for anyone who chooses to work at the intersection of order and chaos.For more information about Glenda and HSD, visit www.hsdinstitute.org.

Are you interested in becoming a BCODN Board Member or Volunteer?

Have you considered honing your skills on BC’s only association focused on OD? With terms ending, there will be positions available on the Board and we are also looking for volunteers and Committee Members. If you are interested, reach out! info@bcodn.org

There are many opportunities to contribute to the following areas:

  • Professional Development and Programs/Events
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Community and Member Engagement
  • Partnership with organizations of interest to BCODN members
  • Building Community Organizations (BCO).

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June 4, 2020
5:45 PM - 8:30 PM


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