Archive for June, 2009

Rev. Martin’s Assumption University Campus

June 11, 2009

Assumption University in the rice fields near Bangkok

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What I do in whole system transformation

June 11, 2009

I essentially do 4 things.

1. Transform leadership
2. Transform system critical mass
3. Transfer competency to local change agent
4. Sustain transformation

Someone just sent me this You Tube Link.

Is a bit long ( over an hour) and dry but for me very deep and right on point in terms of understanding the background of Systems Philosophy.

Philosopher Laszio talks about complex systems… the complete whole.

He mentions in the video Lugwick Bertanfly ( General Systems Theory) and Whitehead ( life system metaphysics).

As with him, my first introduction and love of systems was in the early 60’s in studying Whitehead and Ludwig von Bertalanffy in my BA University years.

I then coined the phrase “whole system transformation” in 1974.

I just renamed the last phase of my change model “sustain transformation” in the last year. .. the name of the above video.

And high and behold. I just saw another video that he made on “critical mass”…. step two of what i do. I want to create a process of change teams in LIFE CENTRE’S that help transform the critical mass… so on-going positive change and transformation sustains itself.

Video on critical mass:

Ervin Laszlo is the author or editor of sixty-nine books translated into as many as nineteen languages, and has over four hundred articles and research papers and six volumes of piano recordings to his credit.
Dr. Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory, serving as founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group and as past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.
He is the recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. His numerous prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates.

Thus ends my very first blog:

Roland

Testimony for my upcoming third edition of Practicing Organization Development

June 11, 2009

“The continent of Asia, encapsulating Asian wisdom and, with its unique understanding of the wholeness of human systems, is emerging as a major force in organizations around the globe. Many chapters in this book embody this reality and describe theories and practices that enable those in our field to be master OD Practitioners for the emerging reality. Reading this book will ground you in the latest innovations and deepen your understanding of the shifts that will be necessary for OD to continue as a major force in managing and changing human systems.”

Brother Martin, Ph.D in OD and restorer of Assumption University, the prime international university of Thailand.

My twitter Link-am one of the original 100 agents of change

June 11, 2009

Link to my Twitter:

twitter.com/ChangeAgent100

Dick Beckhard who coined the phrase Organization Development with Herb Sheppard told me that they were only 100 of us practicing OD full time in 1967– my first year. Therefore the Twitter handle of “Change Agent 100”.

When i started learning the about the world of change in my first T-Group in 1962, most of my colleagues were in their 50’s and 60’s. I was in my 20’s.

Few of us remain active. Most have transcended this life to a higher place of consciousness…my mother called it heaven.

I believe my professor, Chris Argyris from Harvard is the senior founder living and practicin g OD. He is in his 80’s. The other day, I asked him to write a testimony for my book and he said he just did not have time because of a heavy client load and a new book coming. Well, like him, my grandfather and Dr. Peter Drucker, i hope to work/play till i drop this body and join mom up or in the sacred mysterious existence.