The Child as Agent of Inquiry
Author: D L Cooperrider
Organizational Development Practitioner
Annotation: Presented here is a thesis, a proposition, regarding the future of OD. It is a stand which I take with some hesitation, even with some tentativeness. It is a proposition I will illustrate with an “N” of one, hardly a proof. But it has, I think, some wisdom in it; one might even argue the idea was modeled in the lives of early pioneers like Kurt Lewin, Mary Parker Follett, Herb Shepard and others. We have reached “the end of problem solving” as a mode of inquiry capable of inspiring, mobilizing, and sustaining human system change, and the future of OD belongs to methods that affirm, compel, and accelerate anticipatory learning involving larger and larger levels of collectivity.