Topic: When Neuroscience Meets OD: Implications, Opportunities and Applications
Facilitator: Jim White
I’ve been extremely fortunate. Over the past 35 years I have had the opportunity to work as an OD consultant, leadership trainer and/or program manager in 17 countries and with 10 US Government organizations, 7 academic institutions, 3 non-profits and 2 trade associations.
Currently I facilitate leadership development workshops for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, occasionally design and facilitate courses for John’s Hopkins School of Education, train law enforcement officials for the Department of State at the West African Regional Training Center in Ghana, and co-facilitate workshops in “Designing and Facilitating Transformational Workshops” at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
I am also completing an MA in Transformational Leadership and Social Change at Maryland University of Integrative Health, collaborating on a book on “Why Mind-Body Experience Matters” with Dr. Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang of Kripalu and outlining a book on “The Art, Craft and Science of Developing Thought Leaders, Energizing Organizations and Facilitating Transformational Change.”
I got very interested in neuroscience and the emotional sides of life after a heart attack in Singapore which altered my world view significantly.
Since then, I’ve been exploring ways to bring the more subtle side of life into my work as a practitioner. To that end, I have had the honor to study with Rick Hanson and Angeles Arrien and closely follow the work of neuroscientists Dan Siegel, and Kelly McGonagall.
I love the material we are going to be discussing here at the CBODN Baltimore Washington SIG. I believe it has enormous implications for us as OD practitioners and offers many opportunities for us to positively move organizational life forward.
Program Description: When Neuroscience Meets OD: Implications, Opportunities and Applications
I am excited by the current breakthroughs in neuroscience, the upsurge of interest in contemplative practices and the growing validation by western science of some profound truths found in many wisdom traditions.
In this session we will discuss current findings in neuroscience, share our experiences with the growing “mindfulness movement” and explore successful “brain savvy” practices we employ.
The discussion will be based on the work of neuroscientists Dan Seigel and Rick Hanson.
A few of the questions we will explore:
1. What are the current discoveries in neuroscience that might inform our practices?
2. How might the “language of neuroscience” broaden our consultation options, strengthen our contact with clients, and deepen our organizational impact?
3. What are the implications of “experienced dependent neuroplasticity” on the design of learning activities? (ie. We can use the mind, to change the brain, to change the mind; for the better.)
4. How can we use the phenomenon of the brains inherent “negativity bias” to facilitate more effective problem solving initiatives, improve strategic thinking in organizations and manage our own mindsets?
5. How does the understanding of “practice” as the heart of embodied learning impact our instructional design, workshop facilitation and follow on reinforcement initiatives.
6. How do we intentionally account for the phenomenon of “emotional contagion” in groups and teams?
7. What is our role in fostering compassion for ourselves and our clients?
8. How might we make positivity a contagious virtue?
9. How might we build a brain safe “learning field” for work with our clients?
10. How might we help our client system take in the good to foster long-term learning?
“The Willpower Instinct”- Kelly McGonigal
“Mindsight”- Dan Siegel
“Buddha’s Brain”- Rick Hanson
I look forward to our conversations and the opportunity to share our insights and experiences and to mutually discover new ways to help our clients.
“We can use the mind, to change the brain, to change the mind; for the better”
- 6:00 - 6:30 | Networking
- 6:30 - 8:00 | Program
Johns Hopkins University -- Columbia Center, Room 214
6740 Alexander Bell Drive
Columbia, MD 21046