There are few events where one has to be. These rare occasions happen maybe once in 10 years. The first European Appreciative Inquiry training 1999 in Riccione, Italy, was such an event, at least for Europeans. Now, Steve Cady, with the help of Tom Devane and Peggy Holman about whom I have blogged already twice, has organized a conference that will bring together the majority of those folks who had a deep impact on facilitation of change. The attendance list of the Nexus for Change Conference (March 22 & 23, 2007 Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio) reads like a Who's Who of collaborative methods for change.
Among the more than 100 participants will be Emily & Dick Axelrod, Juanita Brown & David Isaacs (The World Café), Sandra Janoff & Marvin Weisbord (Future Search), Harrison Owen (Open Space Technology), Diana Whitney (Appreciative Inquiry), and many many more...
The focus will be on leveraging the power of over 60 approaches being used to transform whole organizations and communities as they tackle 21st Century Challenges. These approaches are broadly referred to as large-group methods/interventions, whole system change, or large-scale change. What make them unique are two foundation assumptions: high involvement and a systemic approach to improvement.
The Change Management Blog will report daily about this unprecedented event. Be there!