Putting Theory into Practice - 10 March OD event


17 / 3 / 2015 11.30am

Something worked its magic on Tuesday 10 March at the Bristol Science Centre. Was it the sunshine, the brilliant venue, or was it the amazing mix of guest presenters and facilitators, along with the great OD folk who came from far and wide? 

It was Do ODs second birthday and the Do OD Putting Theory into Practice day was a lovely way to celebrate a birthday. 

Over the last two years there has been a call by our OD community to bring together some great OD practitioners, academics and thinkers. The event was co-designed by the guest presenters and facilitators and our intent was to create a space to enable debate, curiosity and challenge: sparking ideas to inspire.  

After a brief introduction to the day and Do OD from Paul Taylor and Karen Dumain, Stefan Cantore started the day by provoking and prompting our thinking on which came first the chicken or the egg? He invited and encouraged attendees to reflect on the models and theories we all hold, that we are all experimenters, researchers and practitioners in our own life and encouraging us to not only understand our own lenses but how through our conversations today and going forward we could shape a different view, theory or model.

After this, there were seven different, rich and inspiring breakout sessions to choose from. The message throughout the day from all the delegates was ‘I wanted to go to all of them.’ All of the breakout sessions are listed below with a link to presentation or a summary.

We closed the day by creating some time for people to do their own sense making. The first of the two plenary sessions was a large group OD intervention. Karen facilitated a powerful version of the Radio 4 listening project through a conversation between Mark Doughty and Anne Clare Gillon. Mark told his story with some great questions from Anne Clare describing how he reframed his mind-set and his own OD journey and lived experience, and how OD informs his patient leadership work. 

The second plenary was a session led by Paul which created time to think based on Nancy Klein. A great way to reflect on the day and creating a lot of energy and enthusiasm to end.

Access speaker presentations and handouts

Academic & Practitioner Perspectives
Anne Clare Gillon, University of the West of Scotland

Service Users, Patients and Healthcare Professionals: Building new partnerships for change – the role of OD professionals
Mark Doughty, Centre for Patient Leadership

Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: Investigating the underlying principles of Appreciative Inquiry 
Stefan Cantore, University of Southampton

When Does OD Make a Difference? Radical Change in Traditional Structures
Cliff Oswick, Cass Business School

How Do We Use Dialogic OD in our Field of Practice? - Learning from and NHSIQ (Horizon Group) work
Maxine Craig, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leading Change in a Complex World
Catherine Meredith, North Bristol NHS Trust

When does OD make a difference?
Linda Holbeche, The Holbeche Partnership

Other documents from the event can be found below:


We have had some great feedback following the event; see our storify , a piece from Mark Doughty, a fabulous reflective blog from Sarah Morgan and some of the comments you left on your evaluations:

"Brilliant day! Brilliant people! Brilliant location – thank you!"

"Really value the time and consideration given to organising. I am happy to be involved with other stuff you want to get off the ground."

"An excellent day and fab venue. It’s so nice to be helped to feel valued as an OD specialist!"

We have taken on board all your suggestions and comments for our future events, and we also want to hear what happened next, so please keep sending your reflections to us so we can share with our OD community.

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