Author name: Robert J. Marshak
Robert Marshak OD Morphogenesis: The Emerging Dialogic Platform of Premises

Starting in the 1980s and accelerating in recent years, different theories and ideas have been advanced in the physical, biological and social sciences and have been incorporated into the thinking and practices of both scholars and practitioners of OD. The question that arises for me is have we now reached a point where there has been enough of an accumulation of ideas sufficiently different from the foundational premises to suggest that different forms of OD now exist?

Author name: Dr Ted Tschudy

Fred Massarik | Past Master

In this first edition of Practising Social Change we remember Fred Massarik, who, as a steward of NTL’s Global Community of Practice, encouraged Kate Cowie to create this Journal. It was one gesture in a life-long collaboration with like minded scholar-practitioners throughout the world.

Author name: Dr David Kiel

Trainers and Consultants, What do You Want to Know? What’s your burning question? What have you done with your Inner Researcher?

The time has come for applied behavioural science practitioners to more fully own and operate from their own curiosity, to appreciate the many ways we are creators of knowledge as well as consumers of knowledge in our daily practice, and finally to take more responsibility for generating useful knowledge from our experience.

Author name: Dr Ed Olson

The Vital Dimension of Social Change

What creates and organizes the energy and information in the universe? What is it that quickens the successful transformations in social change efforts? The answer to both questions is spirit. In this article I describe the value of incorporating the spiritual dimension in social change.


Author name: Dr Argentine Craig

My Practice/My Theory

More than thirty-five years of working in, and learning from, diverse cultures on six of the seven continents have resulted in a theory informed by rich learning experiences.  In this year (fifty years later) and with this writing, I name my theory.  I call it: “The Saunders-Craig 7 S Theory of Cultural Connectedness”©.  It is a cognitive theory in that it deals with the acquisition of knowledge and is humanistic in nature.  It relies on the individual to learn from self-motivation and is in tune with experiential learning.

Author name: Dr Frances Baldwin

The Shape of the Next Game

During my 38 year career as a consultant to organizations I have had the privilege of working with a few extraordinary leaders.  The question that invariably comes to mind is “What presence, of consequence, can I bring to this party?”  The world, the times, demand a new level of thinking and leading.  The bright lights in organizations around the world will step up to this call.  The question is whether or not we as practitioners are positioned to partner, significantly, in this next game.


Author name: Louise Diamond

The Healing Power of Systems Change in a Fragile World

The challenge for the change agent is clear. Turbulence on the current scale requires people who can think and act systemically; who can see the bigger picture, apply the best of what we know about human behavior and living systems; and stay grounded and flexible within the messiness and ambiguity of a transformative process that, being unpredictable and non-linear, is beyond the scope of familiar tools of planning and control.  It requires a recognition that we live in an historical moment of great privilege, where we can be proactive in shaping that which we wish to see emerging in the midst of this chaos – a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

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