The Northeast Ohio Organizational Development Connection (ODC) 

OD Connection – at the Center of Change
We are a leading OD professional development organization in Northeast Ohio promoting effective practices and philosophies. We offer practitioners, students, and interested parties opportunities to:
  • Create a learning community 
  • Advance their knowledge and skills
  • Network and support one another 
  • Share effective OD experiences.

We meet as often as somebody is willing to develop a program, at various locations.

Ecological Consulting:
Inviting Nature's Wisdom Into Your Work

Part 1 Disruption, Innovation and Nature's Wisdom

In April, ODC participants experienced some basics of a Flourishing Living Systems approach to organizational health. We uncovered some generative tensions that influence the ability of organizations to evolve, and we practiced using polarities to detect organizational dynamics.

Part 2
Ecological Consulting: Inviting Nature's Wisdom Into Your Work

In September, we will dive more deeply into the natural generative tensions that move us and our own work as instruments of change in client systems. We will consider the catalytic role of the OD practitioner who inhabits a living and interconnected planet-wide system. We introduce "Mandala Leadership," a philosophy and method of emergent participatory leadership which calls on our senses, emotions, intuition and rational minds. The interactive workshop asks you, as an OD practitioner...

• How do you contribute your gifts in living organizational systems to co-create conditions for more life?

• How do you balance the different approaches and language of mechanistic and organic ways of working?

• How do you make choices that both regenerate yourself and your client systems?

• How do you re-frame environments of scarcity into opportunities for abundance?

• How do you balance profit motives with intentions to care for the earth and all life?


Join Argerie Vasilakes and Nurete Brenner, Lake Erie Institute, to re-imagine and practice use-of-self in a flourishing enterprise. Practice steps to align your work with an earth-based ethic. Learn about other enterprises that have created regenerative innovations, processes and solutions. Learn how to maintain your integrity as an ecological leader while building capacity in your client organizations for resilience, self-organization and holistic hierarchy.


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This is a free event. Space is limited. Please register by Tuesday, September 10th

Thursday, September 12, 2018

5:30 PM Networking and refreshments

 6:00 - 8:00 PM Program

Argerie Vasilakes leads strategy, innovation and consulting at Lake Erie Institute, an education, publishing and consulting enterprise that cultivates local ecological community, business and leadership through an earth-honoring ethic. She co-founded TimeZero, a consulting firm that works with organizations as flourishing living systems. She has more than twenty years of experience as a business leader shaping the evolution of cultures in organizations undergoing disruption. She and Nurete Brenner are developing a course on ecological leadership to launch in 2020 at the Lake Erie Institute. Argerie holds a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University  


Dr. Nurete Brenner, Director of Ecological Leadership, holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University where she studied organizational cultural change. She teaches courses in Intercultural Communication, Ecology and Economics, International Management from a systems perspective and Leadership for Sustainability. She has written extensively on dialogue and on leadership and -- along with Argerie Vasilakes -- is developing "Leading by Mandala," a philosophy and method of emergent participatory leadership pioneered by Lake Erie Institute. She co-authored the article, "Leading by Mandala," for the Center for Partnership Studies. She brings more than 10 years of expertise in designing programs and facilitating dialogue in small groups.


Meeting Location

5629 State Road
Parma, OH 441



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