Org-wout-orgs and future of OD

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If today people can do things with social technologies that challenge the viability of organizations in surprising ways – without organizations – what role will there be for organization development?

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  • Org-wout-orgs and future of OD

    1. 1. Organizing without organizations – and the future of Organization Development John D. Smith with Susan Goldstein Oregon ODN Chapter – Jun 11, 2008 If today people can do things with social technologies that challenge the viability of organizations in surprising ways – without organizations – what role will there be for organization development?
    2. 2. walmart distribution center www.flickr.com/photos/40954787@N00/1787856
    3. 3. Computing 1.0 <ul><li>Automating accounting leads to larger organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Large organizations need more OD </li></ul><ul><li>Life is good (we are (partially) shielded from computers) </li></ul>
    4. 4. '747 x 2' www.flickr.com/photos/66578088@N00/1244037939
    5. 5. http://www.flyersrights.com/index.html
    6. 8. 'Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition (1911)' www.flickr.com/photos/12037949632@N01/461099066
    7. 9. Wikipedia’s effect on the encyclopedia business http://en.wikipedia.org
    8. 10. Let’s go to the movies! <ul><li>The life around one page on wikipedia: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/gems/umlaut.html </li></ul><ul><li>The larger picture (the machine in us): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE </li></ul>
    9. 11. Small group discussion <ul><li>How might social technologies threaten or benefit the organization you work with? </li></ul>
    10. 12. 'red' www.flickr.com/photos/30008272@N00/2402217211
    11. 13. Twitter in the hands of democracy activists <ul><li>Alaa Abd El Fattah and his wife Manal are democracy activists living in Cairo. Twitter keeps their network informed: </li></ul><ul><li>Going to doky prosecutor judge murad accused me and manal of libel 10:11 AM April 04 </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting for prosecutors decision might actually spend the night in custody 01:57 PM April 04 </li></ul><ul><li>We are going to dokky police station 03:31 PM April 04 </li></ul><ul><li>In police station no senior officers present so we are in limbo 04:29 PM April 04 </li></ul><ul><li>We will not be released from giza security will have to go back to dokki station 07:59 PM April 04 </li></ul><ul><li>On our way back to police station 10:25 PM April 04 </li></ul><ul><li>We are free 11:22 PM April 04 </li></ul>
    12. 15. How to tweet <ul><li>Post and read in real time </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging: 160 characters per post </li></ul><ul><li>Post by phone, web, blackberry, and other “client software” </li></ul><ul><li>You choose who to follow </li></ul>
    13. 17. Small group discussion <ul><li>What opportunities might social technologies open up for you or yours? </li></ul><ul><li>OD practitioners are cautious about technology adoption. </li></ul>
    14. 18. Free conference calls supported on Facebook
    15. 20. What should guide our responses? <ul><li>Social technologies will pervade organizations </li></ul><ul><li>The issues faced by organizations will change </li></ul><ul><li>How organizations are formed will change </li></ul><ul><li>How we participate in the life of organizations will change </li></ul><ul><li>We can not influence systems without participating </li></ul><ul><li>We should stay in touch with each other </li></ul>
    16. 21. Identity <ul><li>http://twitter.com/smithjd Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://learningalliances.net Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548231656 Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>http://technologiesforcommunity.com </li></ul>

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