The field of organizational development overlaps with many areas of the ATD competency model including areas such as:
OD also has a long history as its own distinct professional specialty.
SIGs are special interest groups, sometimes called skill building interest groups, that represent smaller communities of practice within the chapter. They provide additional chapter programming focused on a common area of professional interest.
SIG meetings are open to chapter members, or outside professionals, at a nominal cost to cover food and program expenses. Meeting topics can range from a speaker, to a case study of local organizational initiatives, to facilitated discussions and resource sharing. You can drop in to hear about the topic for a single evening, or return to additional meetings to form deeper connections with other chapter professionals interested in OD practices.
“The key to creating or transforming community is to see the power in the small but important elements of being with others. The shift we seek needs to be embodied in each invitation we make, each relationship we encounter, and each meeting we attend. For at the most operational and practical level, after all the thinking about policy, strategy, mission, and milestones, it gets down to this: How are we going to be when we gather together?”
Peter Block,Community: The Structure of Belonging