This resource supports the BMI Certificate in Dialogic OD and is created in partnership with Lacerta Consulting, a leading dialogic transformation consultancy, and academic partner

Welcome to the Bushe-Marshak Institute Dialogic OD academy

Dialogic OD is a compelling alternative to the classical action research approach to planned change.

Organisations are seen as fluid, socially constructed realities that are continuously created through conversations and images.  Leaders, consultants and change agents can help foster change by encouraging disruptions to taken-for-granted ways of thinking and acting and the use of generative images to stimulate new organisational conversations and narratives.

This programme offers the first comprehensive, globally recognised certification in Dialogic Organisational Development, addressing both theoretical foundations and deeply pragmatic practices.

  • Deeply rigorous – apply the best of BMI thinking, with top consulting experience to upgrade your credibility and confidence.

  • Deploy leading-edge external perspectives and practices in OD and complex change.

  • Learn from our careful curation and creation of videos, reading materials, downloadable tools, templates, notes.

  • Join a growing number of OD practitioners seeking to establish professional standards and a global benchmark in Dialogic OD.

The Cape Cod Institute is partnering with the Bushe-Marshak Institute (BMI), to provide a series of Live Courses for those interested in developing their skills and knowledge in Dialogic OD. 

The Summer 2021 courses are being held 'in-person' at Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA - but all are also available to join on-line from any global location.

All Live Online Courses in the BMI series meet for around 15 hours, normally spread across 4 workshops or working sessions.

There are three types of participation you can consider:

  • Just select individual courses that you want to do - including the Cape Cod 'live' courses and the Lacerta e-learning packages.
  • Level 1 - Complete 5 Cape Cod 'live' courses and the 3 compulsory Lacerta 'e-learning' packages to gain a Certificate of Completion from the BMI Institute.
  • Level 2 - Build on your Certificate of Completion with participation in a Faculty supervised Action Learning Group for up to year, and gain full Certification and Accreditation as a Dialogic OD Professional.

Please contact us if you are interested in the Level 2 Accreditation and will be looking for an Action Learning Group to join in your time zone - or any other question relating to the Cape Cod/BMI or Lacerta courses.

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In addition to five 'live' Cape Cod courses, for Level 1 or 2 certification you must also complete the three online, asynchronous courses you can find here on the Lacerta Academy.

These asynchronous courses can be completed at any time, and cover the theoretical background on topics which include an overview of organisation development, the social construction of reality, complexity and emergence, and set up the underpinning ideas that differentiate Dialogic OD.

You can deepen your learning in specific topics by adding other Lacerta packages which are also developed from the 'dialogic' mindset.

There are bundle packages available - which you can select at the time of checkout, these include:

  • Individual e-learning course in the BMI series - £100 per course.
  • 3 compulsory BMI courses purchased together at outset - £250.
  • Further electives and Lacerta packages (for example Appreciative Inquiry) - contact us for your discount code following completion of your core compulsory elements.

To find out more about the accreditation programme, and to explore the style of these online resources, register (if you aren't already) and undertake this taster course for free.

Simply click the "Buy or Enroll" button to register and enjoy the taster module.

BMI Certification Programme Courses – Compulsory 

If you wish to purchase the bundle of 3 at the same time, and benefit from the discount, please simply select any ONE of the single courses and click “Buy”.  This will load your Cart which gives you the option of selecting the Bundle.  Please remember to delete the single from the Cart before you proceed to Checkout – or you will buy both!  🙂

Other Lacerta Dialogic OD courses which might interest you

If you wish to purchase additional Lacerta programmes as part of a customised Bundle – please contact us using Contact Us page or the form a little further up this page.  Thank you.

Frequently asked questions

How long can I access a programme or course?

Your programme, course or module will be accessible to you for 1 year from the time you start it.

However in each lesson there are also PDFs, tools, products and exercises, that we think you will want to keep – you can download them, or print them.

What if I fall behind and out of step with the programme timing?

All significant learning commitments require some dedication.  This means making conscious choices, and carving out the time to acquire, experiment with, and reflect on what you are exploring.  Sometimes, this is going to clash with other priorities and occasionally it might feel a little overwhelming – even for the most dedicated learner.  If you know that a busy period is coming up, plan for catch-up time in the weeks that follow.

Some of our longer programmes involve following a specific timetable with a group – with new modules ‘starting’ at a given time.  This may tie in with Peer Support Group meetings, and/or with workshops or webinars.  If this is the case for your programme, an important aspect is that you are not alone – but in a community of learners.  The timings of ‘live’ experiences or group meetings are rarely changed once the programme starts, as this would impact negatively on your colleagues and co-learners.  Keeping up with others, so that you share your learning and benefit from their experience, is important.

Get into the learning habit, and if you have concerns about whether you will be able to do this, and if you fall behind at any time, just reach out to us and we will try to help.

Can I bundle one course or programme with another and save money?

Some of our courses are already bundled, in particular the shorter courses shown in our ‘bitesize’ section.  If the course you are interested in IS available in a value-for-money bundle, proceed with your purchase, and before closing the ‘sale’, you will be notified of this choices at your ‘Cart’.

If the other courses you are interested in are not bundled right now, just contact us, as we can put a custom bundle together for you.

Can I commission custom courses for my organisation?

Many of our programmes and short (bite-size) courses have been originally developed especially for a client – and, where appropriate, then adapted for a broader audience and turned into an ‘open’ programme.  It is our clients around the world that ‘pull’ new content and commission what we go on to build, to meet their needs at any given time.

If you would like to either curate a custom programme from our existing stock, or you have an area of new content that you would like us to look at, just contact us and we can help.

What if I'm not satisfied with my purchase?

Our courses and materials are getting great feedback from users – but of course it might not suit exactly what you are looking for.

We are always happy to refund you if you start a course and find it isn’t what you wanted.  Please contact us straight after completing the first lesson in the course if you would like us to refund your payment or switch you to a more suitable product. 

Please note that we are unable to refund a course that has been more than 50% completed.