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March 12, 2007
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Dr. Steven Cady
Dr. Steven Cady

BGSU conference explores resolving large-scale, difficult problems

While most people would say they want change—in their organizations and communities, their schools, their health care, their government—they don’t often act on their desire because they don’t know where to begin. In response to that universal need, BGSU will be the site of a groundbreaking event March 22 and 23 when the Nexus for Change conference is held on campus (www.nexusforchange.org).

As host of the first-time gathering of leaders, activists, practitioners, and scholars from around the world, the University hopes to actually be the nexus for change—both in the emerging discipline of large-scale change and in the development of new methods for addressing critical needs and opportunities of the 21st century. “It’s a rare opportunity to be part of a field-configuring event,” says organizer Dr. Steven Cady, management. Cady is also the co-author, with Peggy Holman and Tom Devane, of The Change Handbook.

“Working on our own, as valuable as that might be, we will never have the impact that working in concert on a large, movement-level scale might have,” said author Peter Block, author of Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used and a partner in the Designed Learning training company. “This conference holds the possibility of clarifying what we are learning and creating transformation in a way we have not yet imagined.”

More than 300 people have registered so far to attend the two-day conference, which will be held primarily in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Coming from the United States, Ireland, Japan and other countries in Europe and South America, they include many of the “method masters” of the 61 approaches covered in the recently released Change Handbook, plus many others dedicated to organizing to solve local and global problems.
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