THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE, IT’S JUST NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED – DYNAMIC ORGANIZATION DESIGN – by Sarah Sonnenfeld & Steve Garcia

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June 23, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Science-fiction writer William Gibson said: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”  As deep practitioners of organization design, where do we see glimpses of the future?

Come to this session to see and share glimpses, discuss specific challenges with colleagues, and experiment yourself with new tools and techniques for engaging stakeholders.

We will use two participatory methods for this session.  (1) First, after brief framing, we will follow “unconference” principals – a gathering of collaborators who together set an agenda focused on what is most pressing for discussion.  (2) Second, we will be hearing insights from each other about what we each see as the future of the field and whom we turn to discuss innovative and challenging ideas. We’ll explore and co-create inside a MURAL digital whiteboard

We look forward to learning and creating with you!

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Sarah Sonnenfeld is the founder and principal at Alsephina Consulting. Sarah began her career in B2B sales and client service in a venture-backed technology firm. She then worked on the corporate side, doing technology strategy and organization effectiveness at American Express, Thomson Reuters, and Fidelity Investments.

Before founding Alsephina Consulting, Sarah ran the North America division of the People & Organization Practice at Boston Consulting Group. In addition to serving clients and leading practice operations, Sarah was on incubation and launch teams for multiple new businesses, including behavioral insights in change management (2016), Agile at Scale (2017), people analytics (2018). She led flagship conferences including a summit for 50 leading CHROs on new ways of working (2017) and on emerging trends at the intersection of organization design and digital technology (2018). Sarah lives in Boston and holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth.

Steve Garcia is co-founder of the Institute for Contemporary Leadership (ICL) and Managing Partner at Contemporary Leadership Advisors (CLA), where he works with clients at the intersection of technology and organizational effectiveness. Prior to co-founding ICL and CLA, he served on the Senior Leadership Team in AlixPartners Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness practice and was the Partner in charge of Human Capital Consulting at Philosophy IB (since acquired by Heidrick & Struggles). At Philosophy IB, Steve built the firm’s first predictive people-analytics applications, one of which, SYNAPP, was accepted into DreamIt Venture’s selective Accelerator Program. Previously, Steve was Head of Product Marketing for Nortel Networks’ digital switching, optical Ethernet, and voice-over-IP portfolios and worked on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment.

Steve received his M.B.A. from The University of Virginia and his Ed.D. in Adult Learning from N.C. State University where his research focused on how organizational networks affect learning, change and innovation. Steve has written about why participant-driven formats like an “un-conference” work. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and a frequent presenter at professional conferences.

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