One Giant Leap: How Organization Development and Change Can Help Organizations, Industries, and World-changing Megacommunities Lead the Net-Positive Earthshot
Organization Development Review,
Today must be the decisive moment when we make the business of building a better world <b><u>the </u></b>Organization Development (OD) impact story of our time. We have an incredible opportunity to elevate and activate OD as a field of theory and practice that propels and provides the change leadership and collaborative and more fully human change capacities required to create entirely new sustainable and net positive organizations, tri-sector partnerships, and megacommunities for mobilizing cooperative change and planetary regeneration. As debate and dialogue continues to swirl about the future of the OD, the answer to us is clear. We must now put Nature, People & Planet at the heart of OD’s purpose.<br> <br>The change-making gap between humanity’s <i>collaborative change capacity </i>and our once-in-a-civilization type challenges and opportunities, has never been wider. The world, especially in <i>our society of organizations</i>, is the ultimate context for OD’s change capacity. And because of this, every part of OD’s work is called upon to be of larger scope and greater purpose than it has been in the past. Every dimension of the field of OD—its priority research agenda, its values and intervention methods, its imaginative innovations, and its educational pillars—must speak more fully to the destiny of humanity and nature. <br> <br>The idea for this special issue was inspired and informed by the recent <b>5th Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit</b> co-hosted by the Fowler Center at Case Western Reserve University and Berrett-Koehler Publishers and the simultaneous release of the edited volume called <i>The Business of Building a Better World: The Leadership Revolution That is Changing Everything </i>(see Cooperrider and Selian, 2022).<i> </i>What became apparent in these twin pieces of work is that the massive change agenda facing humanity calls for an OD field that takes one giant leap for humankind and earth. The world needs an OD field that elevates not just the "theory of change" that can meet the current moment, but will bring the kind of collaborative and process-attuned approaches that can restore our collective confidence in intentional change, renew our shaken and dangerously shattered faith that we are better together, and replenish our intergenerational commitment for handing off to our children a more beautiful and better future that our hearts know is possible.