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My Journey to South Africa

Laskshmi Devi – India

The seeds were laid for me in 2016, for flourishing in South Africa 2017. It was dormant and suddenly sprouted in April for participation.

The confirmation came in the form of a scholarship to me and then, the challenge of planning for the whole trip.When I became aware of what is not going right, I was extra cautious. There were obstacles throughout the journey. Missed my first VISA interview, travelled almost 40 hours back and forth to pick up certificates and spent hardly three hours at home. I took my dance costume, though unaware whether I would be performing! I kept a low key, however, trusting the magic; and then, the magic happened! Everything became possible. When there is intent, the universe shows the way and makes it possible.

PRESENCE OF OD IN WORLD SOCIETY

Consultant José Campoverde Ayres - Peru

The universal nature of knowledge can constitute world change movements, as we have witnessed in medicine, physics, and agriculture, each at its own time. In the field of human learning mathematics, psychology, and languages, for example, all have had a vital influence on the growth of human relationships.

In this reference, Organization Development, known as OD, is gaining ground in world society because it is an international movement, and the knowledge it propounds is being successfully applied in different societies, in a great many organizations and institutions, business corporations...

ALIGNING ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT TO GLOBAL ORGANIZING

Allon Shevat - USA

From its birth, Organization Development was designed for organizations based in the western world.

Consequently the values, diagnostic tools and interventions have a western bias. Increasingly, however we find that organizations are moving towards a global configuration, employing very diverse populations, many of whom do not share those same Western cultural values upon which OD is based. As a result, the application of Organization Development to global organizations is problematic. Frequently, the diagnostic skills of the practitioner are not aligned to understand the complexities encountered, and the interventions chosen are not aligned with global complexity. Most importantly, the Organization Development practitioner may exacerbate the very problems that she is trying to solve, because he over-identifies with one side, and misunderstands others.