Call for Proposals

ISPI is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Annual Conference

Proposals are due August, 31

Click here to submit a Proposal

This year, ISPI will embark on twelve months of storytelling…The Story of ISPI. The art of understanding, listening, and telling to compelling and driving change.

ISPI recognizes that leveraging different technologies allows us to tell our story in different ways. Our 2019 Annual Conference will explore the art of storytelling and how it complements and strengthens any consultant’s tool box. We will also use those opportunities as well as our publications to tell the “story” of performance improvement: who we are, what we do, where we have been, and where we are going. We will explore storytelling as a science, as a means to change behaviors, engage clients, promote change, and lead organizations through evidence and also an experience.

ISPI is more than just one story, more than just one character. Our heroes and heroines are the consultants, students, researchers, writers, practitioners and trainers who seek to understand and to strive to find a resolution. Each of these plotlines strives to tell a story that is compelling enough to transform the way we engage with and learn from one another.

New Orleans is the perfect stage to explore this theme for our 2019 Annual Conference. A place rooted in history, legend, and reverence with history makers who pushed boundaries, crossed lines, and advocated for change.


Education Session Formats:

1.  Roundtable: Participants rotate to a new “roundtable” every 20-minutes for a total of three rounds. Presenters deliver their 20-minute sessions three consecutive times to a new audience each round.
2.  Short - 1-hour: our traditional “short”, focused presentations that give attendees a quick overview and synopsis of your topic
3.  Spotlight - 2-hour: you will have more time to fully “spotlight” your topic, share greater detail and impact of your practice, and create more space for attendees to practice and interact.
4.  Deep Dive - 3-hour format: this format gives you the greatest flexibility, engagement, and time to completely get into your topic, have attendees practice and create meaning together, and develop transferrable skills.


Conference Areas of Focus
Your session topic must align with one of these areas of focus. Choose the ONE track you think BEST fits your proposal, and then select the session format you wish to present in. Note that not all tracks support all three session formats. If a format is not listed for a specific track, then it is not available.

 

1.  FUTURE OF WORK AND LEARNING:
Dedicated to the intersection of emerging technologies and the impacts on work and learning. The focus is on how technologies such as artificial intelligence, business analytics, internet of things, cloud computing, virtual/augmented reality, and robotic are and will influence the application of performance improvement to solve organizational challenges and realize new opportunities for growth and development.

a.  Short (1-hour)
b.  Spotlight (2-hours)
c.  Deep Dive (3-hours)


2.  STORYTELLING: Dedicated to two focuses: 1) explore the art of storytelling and how it complements and strengthens any consultant’s tool box; and/or 2) storytelling as a science, as a means to change behaviors, engage clients, promote change, and lead organizations through evidence and also an experience.

a.  Short (1-hour)
b.  Spotlight (2-hours)
c.  Deep Dive (3-hours)


3.  BROADENING YOUR APERTURE:
Dedicated to bringing in content from outside the performance improvement community. The focus is exposing attendees to complimentary and supportive principles and practices from related disciplines that will enhance their overall performance improvement skillset and knowledge. This includes emerging performance improvement practices and theories/models/principles from business, management, engineering, etc.

a.  Short (1-hour)
b.  Spotlight (2-hours)


4.  LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES:
Dedicated solely to skills/knowledge improvement and instructional design. The focus is on theories, models, tools, technologies, best practices, and lessons learned for developing and supporting individual performance. This includes classroom instruction, e-learning, electronic performance support, job aids, modeling and simulation, and mobile learning.

a.  Short (1-hour)
b.  Spotlight (2-hours)
c.  Deep Dive (3-hours)


5.  TRIED & TRUE PRACTICES:
Dedicated to core performance improvement and systems thinking models, theories, and practices at all levels of performance (individuals, teams, units, organization, communities, countries). The focus is on principles and practices that identify, distinguish, and define the field of performance improvement. This includes best practices and lessons learned from applying performance improvement fundamentals to make individuals, teams, units, organizations, communities, and countries better.

a.  Short (1-hour)
b.  Spotlight (2-hours)

6.  SPEAKING OF RESEARCH:
Dedicated to the sharing and application of research. The focus is on empirical research, action research, literature reviews, poster sessions, and research agenda building. These sessions can be delivery of research content to attendees and/or facilitated discussions regarding research in performance improvement and related fields.

a.  Short (1-hour)
b.  Spotlight (2-hours)