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Climate Change and OD?

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Are you feeling the call to take action and contribute more as an OD practitioner in this time of accelerated climate emergency – and emergence of new systems – but are wondering how?  Or do you want to share actions or practices that are already having an impact with our community?  

For many people, the sense of a climate crisis is rising. Whether it is the highly visible emergencies such as the current fires and heat waves in Australia, or crises that gain less media attention such as drought, food insecurity and climate refugees, the feeling that we are reaching a tipping point is becoming more mainstream.  This sense resonates with the theme of the 2020 OD World Summit: “Breakpoints and Beyond: People, Positivity and Possibility”. 

We had a wonderful webinar on this topic on February 21, 2020 with great contributions and much wisdom. Thank you for everyone that could join us live, your energy and insights were much appreciated!

You can view the video, audio only and chat online. If you would like a copy, please download it within 30 days.

In this webinar some of the following questions were discussed:

  • What can we do as OD practitioners and global citizens to improve our response to these crises and to climate change overall? 
  • How can we help people and systems get out of crisis/ panic mode and into possibility mode and creative problem solving? 
  • How do we help people deal with climate grief?
  • How do we include indigenous wisdom into our solutions – recognizing that life is alive and that emergent systems are here to support us as we align with supporting life? 
  • What are you already trying in your work with clients and as a citizen that you find promising? 
  • What are specific, actionable, and tangible steps we can take as individuals and as an OD community?

Again, you can view the video, audio only and chat online. If you would like a copy, please download it within 30 days.

Special thanks to the webinar host Jen Freeman, to Michelle and Lakshmi and to the IODA members who were part of shaping this webinar’s theme and topic:  Ann Clancy, Rod Barnett and Jen Wilson.