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Organization Development
a Catalyst for Social Change

Applegate Consulting Group is an organization development (OD) practice that assists national and international nonprofit organizations, government agencies and socially responsible for-profit corporations with developing human and organizational capacity and building a more just and equitable society.


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Beth Applegate contributed to a recently published book
on cultural competency

Author: Patricia St Onge
Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monika K. Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Publication Date:
July 15, 2009
 ISBN: 978-0-940069-68-8
Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance
Pages: 272
Price: $29.95

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There is no such thing as a “how-to” manual on cultural competency. It’s an ongoing journey organizations choose to take because they know the end-result is a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. This forthcoming book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management collects the voices of many nonprofit leaders and capacity builders to help nonprofit organizations begin to understand the complexity within diverse communities.

Through a range of methods—literature review, personal interviews, peer dialogue, insights of contributing authors—readers get a mosaic of perspectives that surround cultural competency. Plus, the book presents the insights of authors who represent five major ethnic communities in the United States: Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African American, White, and Latino. [Read Press Release]


Applegate Publishes Article 

Beth Applegate publishes article in Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry entitled: Organization Development a Catalyst for Social Change.  The article is based on a framework for assessing and working with mental models utilizing the exploration of 'dominant' world views to increase individual and organizational competency to identify, assess and shift world views to foster social change. Applegate describes her methodology and results during the data collection, data analysis, data feedback, and intervention phase of a consultation with a client. She reviews literature on white privilege, mental models, power, and cultural competency. Applegate reflects on implications of the engagement for the client, herself and the discourse on the role of OD as a catalyst for social change. [Read Article].


Applegate Co-PublishesLearning Guide 

Beth Applegate and her outstanding network of sustainability thought leaders who created The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook  are proud to announce the launch of its companion online Learning Guide. The step-by-step activities in this innovative guide make it easy and exciting for educators to use The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook as a textbook. The book and learning guide are also designed to help leaders, managers, and practitioners in every sector of society, and in every industry, create a successful and sustainable enterprise by integrating people, planet, and profits to achieve triple-bottom-line results. Click links above for more information.

The Learning Guide is a wiki-based dynamic space that brings to life and expands on the nine chapters of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook by providing additional cutting-edge practices, exercises, PowerPoint presentations, and cases designed to deepen learning and increase the ability of professors and teachers, leaders and teams to build a sustainable future. It is the newest of several online workspaces bridged to the book’s content. Click links above for more information.

The Learning Guidewiki is being rolled out in three phases structured around The Sustainability Pyramid described in the book. Released today are Part I: Introduction and Overview and Part II: Preparing the Foundation for a Sustainable Enterprise. They include activities and PowerPoint slides for Chapter I: Leadership for a sustainable enterprise, Chapter 2: Mental models for sustainability, and Chapter 3: Developing a sustainability strategy. Part III: Embracing and Managing Change Sustainability will be live December 2010. Part IV: Connecting, Integrating, and Aligning Toward the Future and Part V: When It All Comes Together will launch in January 2011.


ODN Conference Presenter

Beth Applegate will co-present a concurrent session entitled: Understanding Privilege and Racial Equity: Sustaining 21st Century Organizations During Difficult Economic Times.


Astraea Foundation

Beth Applegate will providing leadership transition consultation to assist the Board of Directors of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice  in their search for a new Executive Director. Astraaea  works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grant making and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.


Beth Applegate inducted into the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science

Beth Applegate was inducted into the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science in August of 2010. The purpose of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavior Science is to advance Applied Behavior Science (ABS) in the service of social justice, oppression free societies and healthy individuals, groups, and organizations. We do this through:

  • Fostering learning in the theory and practice of personal and professional development, group development, group dynamics, organization change, community development, and social change;
  • Contributing to the scholarship of the ABS field through research, publishing and knowledge building; and
  • Partnering and learning with other organizations worldwide.
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