Half a century ago, AMED (the Association for Management Education and Development) came into being in a very different world from today. We have recently been inspired to reflect on our future by some positive feedback from members, and by Paul Gaugin’s 1897 triptych:
Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
We see ourselves as:
- an outpost of independence,
- devoted to developing and supporting people and organisations,
- a hub connecting academics, consultants and practitioners
- a forum for experimentation, sharing, learning and encouragement,
- a laboratory for innovative ways of communicating
- a focal point for like-minded individuals and networks.
How can we realise these aspirations now …
- … in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment?
- … facing unprecedented challenges?
- … with so much at stake?
Would you like to contribute your ideas and energy?
- …in our special Autumn/Winter 2017 Edition of e-O&P, and/or
- … here in this discussion forum and/or
- …in organising an initiative, and/or
- …in some other way.
The following questions might help to stimulate your thinking, though of course you may well have others that you’d prefer to explore.
What’s your vision?
- Does AMED still have a relevant contribution to make? If so: What should we continue to do? What should we change? What should we stop doing?
- How can we remain ‘an outpost of independence’? What makes AMED different and relevant?
- What more could we be doing to create and sustain a space that is appropriately diverse and inclusive? How might we foster greater inter-generational and inter-cultural reciprocity?
- Should AMED continue to act as an enabling publisher, online, through its journal e-O&P, through collaborations, or in any other way?
- How can we fashion an appropriate multi-media balance and communicative relationship, e.g. between digital, print-based and f2f connections? (Currently, our publishing and editing roles are performed entirely by dedicated volunteers, coordinated by a small editorial board).
- What else can we do to assure AMED’s continued financial and organisational viability, whilst making our resources available and accessible as freely as possible?
- With which networks and organisations should we be collaborating flexibly? What can we learn from their stories?
- How can we harvest and make available to others the initiatives and expertise of our time-poor Members, Supporters and current and potential collaborators to contribute to their own and to other people’s development, and to further AMED’s aspirations?
- Is there still a place for face-to-face gatherings around the country (and beyond)?
Click here for a few ways in which you might wish to contribute (you may have other suggestions)
We’re aiming to publish this special edition of e-O&P in November 2017. If you think you might be interested in contributing in some way, please contact David or Bob AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and ideally before the end of September with your first thoughts about the possible focus and format of your contribution. We’ll be more than happy to explore possibilities with you before you commit any further and if you miss the deadline, please don't let that put you off.
Subsequently, we shall, of course, provide you with more detailed guidelines and/or an outline publication schedule, if you decide to take your ideas further.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Bob and David
e-O&P Editorial Board
Bob MacKenzie Tel: 07855-458-691 firstname.lastname@example.org
David McAra Tel: 07917-689-344 email@example.com