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Learning to transfer OD online: Adaptations of a technology late adopter, is published in the Spring 2021 Organization Development Review Special Issue—OD in Times of Disruption.
Weaving Learning with Performance for Transformation also available at Practising Social Change, the practitioner’s journal of The NTL Institute for Applied Behavioural Science.
Musings - Food For Thoughts
In a group addressing structural racism in organizational operations and programmatic work, we are reviewing proposals for action. A person of color notes some language used in otherwise sound ideas could unintentionally reinforce the separation the proposal seeks to address. The next speaker, a white person, explains what they intended the term to mean, why it was inadequate and why they settled on it for now.
What was the purpose of the explanation? If, as asserted, it was to agree with the original point, why not just agree? The outcry that greeted that comment suggests more was at stake.
The impact of the explanation was to (attempt to) erase the original objection—and the objector by extension. Where agreement validates, recognizes, and joins, explanation infantilizes…