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Organizational Change Management



Students in the Organizational Change Management program develop the strategic and critical thinking skills needed to implement planned change at all organizational levels.  Click here to find out more.

Alumnus Edwin Torres named NYC Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs

EdwinEdwin Torres, formerly associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, will join Mayor de Blasio’s Administration as Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs. He will be serving under the new Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Tom Finkelpearl. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest local cultural funding agency in the United States.
During his time at Rockefeller Foundation, Torres helped make New York a nationally-recognized leader in wage-theft prevention; helped prevent the evictions of hundreds of public housing residents; helped place hundreds of low-income residents in jobs; and advanced paradigmatic change such as the collective impact approach for homelessness-prevention and crime-reduction.
Under his leadership, The Rockefeller Foundation’s support for culture has helped supply over $800,000 in goods and services to art-making through on-line barter; increase artists’ earned income by 150%; triple the rate of participation in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) residential energy-efficiency programs in Brooklyn; influence NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to partner with applicants and residents as well as NYC’s design community to develop new communication tools and services; and advance paradigmatic change such as that of naturally-occurring cultural districts.
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Torres was Director of External Partnerships for Parsons the New School for Design. He has also served on the Arts and Culture team at The Ford Foundation. Mr. Torres holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management from The New School.


OCM Student Samantha Goldman Publishes Piece on 2014 Elections

SBG 1 headshotSamantha Goldman, an Organizational Change Management student, published a piece related to campaign elections and organizational culture which was also part of her Advanced Seminar project.  The article, which appeared in linkedin.com, “identified 10 key aspects of campaign culture that can be applied in non-campaign organizations as a way to amp-up staff engagement”.  Samantha highlights the differences between a campaign and an organization, the former not necessarily sustainable due to its inherent time-bound characteristics and the latter whose mission is to be structurally and financially sustainable over the long term.  However, the two also have many aspects in common such as having a singular mission and vision, capacity building, relying on stories and narratives and more.

Organization Development Network of New York hosts Coaching Ourselves Event

COFSAll Milano students are welcome to register and attend. Organizational Change Management Students may be particularly interested.

It’s well understood in the field of learning and development that 70% of learning is informal, on the job, and experience based, 20% is coaching and mentoring, and 10% is comprised of formal learning interventions and structured courses. But what does this mean in practice?

Co-founded by Phil LeNir and Henry Mintzberg in 2007, CoachingOurselves is a methodology for managers that builds community, stimulates exchange of perspectives, and encourages team cohesion. CoachingOurselves offers a novel approach to developing leaders and transforming organizations based on the 70/20/10 framework; it uses tools to explore a wide range of topics created by more than forty leading management thinkers including Henry Mintzberg, Marshall Goldsmith, David Cooperrider, and Michael Beers.

Join Phil and ODNNY to learn more about this methodology and gain insight into how you can leverage the 70/20/10 framework in your own practice.


Honoring the Legacy of Professor Antonin Wagner

A Wagner at Podium

Visiting Professor Antonin Wagner will retire at the end of the 2014 academic year, leaving behind a noteworthy legacy of scholarship and teaching during his 15 years at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. The impact of his contribution will be felt for many years to come at The New School and in the lives of his colleagues and students. Professor Wagner is known for his incredible acumen, his passion for learning, and for his humility.

On May 13, 2014, Antonin Wagner delivered his farewell talk to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered in the Orozco Room at The New School for Public Engagement. In his talk Professor Wagner explores the symbolic importance of the murals: “Creative Man replicates in concentrated form our university’s legacy and in this respect provides to all of us affiliated with this institution guidelines for our journey towards a more just and a more peaceful society”.  You can read the full text of the lecture below.




Congratulations to Erica Kohl-Arenas, Recipient of Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievements in Diversity and Social Justice Teaching

kohlarenas_pictureCongratulations to Erica Kohl-Arenas, the first recipient of the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievements in Diversity and Social Justice Teaching! This is a new award that is specifically designed to recognize faculty members whose work has demonstrated a significant commitment to social justice.

Erica’s social justice teaching includes a Milano course, Participatory Community Engagement, that she developed and has run four times through community partnerships including with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, The New York Theater Experience, Tenants and Neighbors NYC, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and the Center for Court Innovation. In this class students gain an understanding of the theory behind participatory community development, popular education and critical pedagogy and collectively discuss questions of powerlessness, marginalization, poverty, and inequality and how participatory processes have inspired community driven and owned approaches to addressing these enduring problems. Students also engage with current academic critiques of participatory models (Participation: the new tyranny?) in order to learn how to critically analyze and evaluate participatory processes in the context of historical patterns of co-optation and control of poor people’s movements. In the class partnerships with local organizations and communities students learn and use key participatory facilitation strategies.

This award will be publicly presented at the university-wide 2014 Commencement Ceremony, which will take place Friday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at Madison Square Garden.