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IODA Flourish 2017 Conference Announcement

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The South African OD Network (SAODN) has the once-off privilege of hosting the International OD Association Conference in South Africa.

6-8 September, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This is an amazing opportunity to learn from, share and network with top Organisation Development Practitioners, Change and Transformation Specialist, Facilitators and Diversity Practitioners from all over the world. More than 25 countries are represented by over 150 conference delegates. IODA only comes to South Africa once every two to three decades, so you will not get another opportunity like this to learn from and be in the room with OD greats from all over the world soon. We are excited about the participation of Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge, author of one of the seminal books in many people’s OD education Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR.

The conference theme is THRIVING THROUGH DIVERSITY. During the two pre-conference, three conference days and one post-conference day we will explore the role and form of OD in embracing diversity in organisational, systemic and social change.
South Africa offers great insight into the paradox of collaboration and competition: through our people, our societal structures, our organisations and our natural environment. As a country, our transformation is a work-in-progress, with many lessons still being learned on how to move beyond surviving and into thriving, especially in this era of Identity Politics and challenges to our democratic project.

Come join friends and colleagues from around the world to celebrate our own diversity and explore how we can help it thrive across all sectors.

IODA was last hosted in South Africa in 1993 at the dawn of South Africa’s journey of transformation. As we step 25 years forward to 2017 and into the present day, the project of our transformation has many stories to tell.

25 Countries

150+ Delegates

Not to be missed!

SAODN and IODA Members: R7200 / $550
Non-Members: R9750 / $750
Seniors: R6500 / $500
Fulltime OD Scholars: R4500 / $350

Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge
The changing context, the evolving field, and the developing practice – our role in getting ourselves future-ready?

Mee-Yan was awarded the 2016 Richard Beckhard award from IODA for her outstanding contribution to OD and her book Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR has been instrumental in many OD practitioners work over the past five years.

This is how you sign up:

You can register online through the website:, and the closing date for this will be 2 weeks before the commencement of the conference. You will be issued with an invoice once you have completed the registration online.

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Concurrent Session Programme

Deep-dive Workshops before and after the Conference

Do you want to delve deeper into specific topics?
Are you unable to attend the main conference but would still like to get exposure to global OD thinking?The following sessions before and after the conference are open to both delegates and those unable to attend the conference.Full Conference Programme read here.Pre-Conference Option 1
Topic: Re-storying human relations for social transformation and collective engagement: The Gender Reconciliation approach
Collaborators: Zanele Khumalo (Lesotho) and and Jabu Mashinini (South Africa)

Date: 4 September
Time: Full day
Cost: R1300 / $100 pp
Pre-Conference Option 2
Topic: When Cultures Meet
Collaborators: Susan Stewart (USA)
Date: 5 September
Time: Full day
Cost: R1625 / $125

Pre-Conference Option 3
Topic: Deepening Diversity Dialogues: Understanding the Impact of Personal and Social identities
Collaborators: Rho Sandberg (Australia), Zed Xaba (South Africa) & John Mulligan (Ireland)
Date: 4 – 5 September
Time: Full days
Cost: R3250 / $250 pp
Post-Conference Option
Topic: The Art of Greatness for Engaging Diversity
Collaborator: Janet du Preez (South Africa)
Date: 9 September
Time: Full day
Cost: R1300pp / $100

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