Travis Green kicked off the PNODN year with a talk on Green OD. After a 30 minute mingle Travis had us engadge in a dialogue about the meaning of "Green" "Sustainable" and "OD" in the phase "We are committed to being a ______ organization". Members reported a perception shift when thinking about what they heard in those three statements. Then, we were off.
The group explored the jargon and came to an understanding that this concept of sustainable change is being defined. Some suggested it is part of the design work we do to define this with our cleints. One strategy that was illuminating was to start with what they already doing that is sustainable.
We talked about the challenges of Sponsorship and education about systems. We had questions about what tools to use and process consulting was a recommendation from Travis.
Members talked about notion of the "triple bottom line", and how the language of accounting and profit predominats the mental models that run organizations. The group talked about our role to bridge that language to sustainable concepts for our clients in ways that are meaningful to them.
What conversations are you having with your clients about sustainability.
At the end of the evening members were lively and continued the converstaion. In the evaluation of the event particpants reported the topic to be highly relevant to their work. The content contained new inforamtion for the majority. Everyone who completed the survey said they had met someone they would like to collaborate with. What would that look like?