Poetry Slam 2016

Slam Poetry – A poetic contest where all are invited


Taking place on Friday September 2nd at 8.00 pm at the Art Cafe as part of “The Power of Poetry / Poetics” stream at the 8th Art of Management and Organisation Conference, Bled School of Management, Slovenia, September 1st – 4th, 2016


All poets unite

It goes for experienced, secret, hidden, and aspiring poets alike.

Go public with your poetry and you might become “Art of Management & Organization Poetry Slam Champion 2016”


The poetry slam at the Bled conference goes in two rounds. So what you need and are encouraged to do is to prepare poetry pieces for these two rounds (one for each round)

  • It has to be your own poetry.
  • You have to read it aloud as part of the competition.
  • Each poetry performance must last no longer than three minutes

Keep that in mind when preparing your two three minutes pieces of poetry.

 The poetry slam event is open to all participants of the Art of Management and Organisation conference 2016 both as contesters for the title and as part of the active audience in the poetry slam event.

The audience plays a crucial part in deciding, who becomes the fifth “Art of Management Poetry Slam Champion” in the history of the conference. Although there is a winner the Olympic motto applies to this contest: “It is not winning but participating that matters.”


How to join the slam poetry event

– If you are to be part of the audience just be there and be fair.

– If you are to join the competition and try to win the title:

Register by:

– Either by sending an e-mail to Per Darmer: pd.ioa@cbs.dk

– Or by finding Per Darmer at the conference and tell him that you will be a participating poet at the slam poetry event. You can do that until right before the slam takes place 8.00 pm at the Art Cafe or until the slam is fully booked. So if you hurry you will have no cause to worry.


Book of Abstracts

Here are a few to get you started. Full ‘Book of Abstracts’ to be released on Monday 15th August.

Arts-based Community Development Abstracts


Proposal_Fryca FashionFutures


Bobadilla et al

Warren AMO 2016 abstract (2)


The artistic studio: an ongoing community art building experience: An ongoing artistic project

Cecilie Meltzer, Assistant Professor in Art-based Learning, University College of Oslo and Akershus, Norway

Ellen Speert, ATR-BC, REAT, Director of the California Center for Creative Renewal


This ongoing AoMO community project is designed to recognize, engage and empower the sensory and emotional intangible responses of individuals from diverse backgrounds, as they come together to express their sense of self and sense of place and to make these elements tangible.

The intention of the project is to give participants space for individual creative expression as well as a longitudinal experience of how creative processes evolve. This will be facilitated through a space where you can create and reflect; a place where the use of different materials can express and embrace your experiences from the conference.


The project will be located in the heart of the conference, both physically and emotionally.  This will provide you with the opportunity to modify the “self-sculpture” as the conference strengthens responses evolving among you as AoMO participants.


An introduction to the ‘Artistic Studio’ will take place on Thursday as part of the informal opening of the conference. You will have the opportunity to collect your self-sculpture materials and then contribute to the community art building experience throughout the conference programme. Please visit and re-visit us and your self-sculpture. On Sunday morning, we will hold a debrief over breakfast in the garage – providing you with an opportunity to see, feel and share in each other’s experiences and understand a little more about the evolution of the community installation.

Pre-Conference Masterclass

If you are arriving in Bled early for this year’s AoMO conference then why not immerse yourself into the AoMO vibe sooner rather than later!

Join Monica Redden and Frankie Armstrong in Finding the Voice of Leadership Archetypes from 10am-4.30pm on Thursday 1st September.

The event is free to all AoMO delegates – just show up at the IEDC for 9.45am and get started! Wear comfortable clothes!

Registration is desired but not compulsory. If you have any questions please email Monica@monicaredden.com!


Keynote Speaker: Prof Phillip Mirvis on Designing Experiences

Philip Mirvis is an organizational psychologist whose studies and private practice concerns large-scale organizational change, the character of the workforce and workplace, and business leadership in society.  In areas of personal, group, and leadership development, Mirvis has designed corporate “consciousness raising” experiences involving theater and the arts, orchestrated rituals for merging companies, and led outdoor team building in the Rockies, Pyrenees, Alps, and Himalayas. He has led corporate journeys and community service efforts in the urban U.S., Paris, London, Dubai, and Sao Paulo, in rural India, China, Greenland, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam, and among aboriginal peoples in Borneo, Paraguay, and Australia, plus stakeholder dialogues on environmental and socio-economic issues.     

Prof Mirvis will present a keynote on ‘Designing Experiences’ on Friday 2nd September 2016 at 5.15pm @ IEDC, Bled, Slovenia

The Age of Loneliness

Goffman (1959) taught us how we could understand organizations as theatre. In his academic work Steve Taylor has been more interested in how plays are used within organizations (e.g. Nissley, Taylor, & Houden, 2004; Steven S. Taylor, 2000, 2003, 2008) as an example of a much larger movement of the use of arts-based methods within organizations (cf Steven S. Taylor & Ladkin, 2009). Alongside his academic work, Steve have written plays as a different way of thinking – even theorizing (Steven S. Taylor, 2000) – about organizations. Believing that artistic understanding embraces its inherent subjectivity and is well suited for making meaning in complex phenomena such as organizations.

Steve has debuted a play at AoMO conferences since 2002 and this year is no different! Saturday September 3rd 2016 sees the inaugural performance of The Age of Loneliness. In The Age of Loneliness, June, a young playwright struggles with what comes after her success with her play, The Adventures of Yahweh and Kapital (seen previously in, The Invisible Foot). Can Yahweh and Kapital get along, what sort of relationship will they have, can they survive in a post-growth world, should she even keep writing the play? If this truly is the end of the neo-liberal consensus, what comes next? Can an omnipotent, immortal die?


Steve Taylor’s Play at the Art of Management and Organization Conferences

The Age of Loneliness. 2016. Bled, Slovenia.

Through the Reading Glasses. 2014. Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Invisible Foot. 2012. York, England.

Cow Going Abstract. 2008. Banff, Canada.

Blasphemy & Doubt. 2006. Krakow, Poland.

Ties That Bind. 2004. Paris, France.

Soft Targets. 2002. London, England.



Goffman, Erving. (1959). The presentation of self in everyday life. New York: Doubleday.

Nissley, Nick, Taylor, Steven S., & Houden, Linda. (2004). The politics of performance in organizational theatre-based training and interventions. Organization Studies, 25(5), 817-840.

Taylor, Steven S. (2000). Aesthetic knowledge in academia:  Capitalist pigs at the academy of management. Journal of Management Inquiry, 9(3), 304-328.

Taylor, Steven S. (2003). Knowing in your gut and in your head:  Doing theater and my underlying epistemology of communication. Management Communication Quarterly, 17(2), 272-279.

Taylor, Steven S. (2008). Theatrical Performance as Unfreezing: Ties That Bind at the Academy of Management. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(4), 398-406.

Taylor, Steven S., & Ladkin, Donna. (2009). Understanding arts-based methods in managerial development. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 8(1), 55-69.

Thursday night (1st Sept) is music night @AoMO

Miha Pogacnik

Miha Pogacnik is a visionary, a violinist and an exceptional virtuoso, both on the musical stage as well as on the management platform. He is the creative force behind cultural and diplomatic missions; his music is the medium for his thoughts and his vision development. Miha is actively engaged in cultural, business and political spheres as well as academia and civil society. His visions had led him to explore influence of formative principles of Art on evolution of society. It is his practical insight that creative environments need to be developed. On a raised resonance platform Art forces attract, “compose” and bind together different social fields. His method of interdisciplinary transfer from musical masterpieces to leadership and cultural development, inspiring scores of global companies such as Shell, Novartis, ING, Porsche, Nike and Microsoft, leading business schools, UN agencies and gatherings like Alpbach and the World Economic Forum.When on stage, his audiences experience the power of classical music on organizational transformation and his exceptional capacity to provoke “thinking out of the box”. Through his genius and deep insight into human existence, Pogačnik ’s methodology builds on powerful synergies between intellect and emotion as a crucial factor for true leadership and innovation.

On Thursday evening, in the beautiful surroundings of the town of Radovljica, you will be seated among the Terra Parzival Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Elmar Lampson) to experience the process and performance of Beethoven Violin Concerto Op 61. Through his method of “performance disruption”, Miha will guide you through the “musical architecture of feelings”, exploring a unique learning environment for leadership development. Through this process of musicality, emotionality, leadership and visual arts you will be encouraged to reflect on a number of issues; including whether it is possible to find solutions to pressing organizational dilemmas in the parallel world of a musical masterpiece? And whether it is possible for the musical drama of a classical Sonata to heal the contemporary omnipresent “crisis of meaning” by revisiting the sacred human creative biography?

You can find out more about Miha’s work at www.mihavision.com

Miha Lecture and performance for EU Ministers of Environment (1)

Miha Pogacnik

Miha Pogacnik Profile

Resource Requirement Forms

If your contribution to the conference requires anything other than access to the usual projector, computer and PowerPoint software in a conventional seminar room set up then I need you to fill out a RRF (Resource Requirement Form_) and send it asap to aomo2016@gmail.com
Even if you have sent this information to your stream convenor I need you to send it directly to me using the attached form. I need this information by the 15th June at the latest in order to compile a draft program whilst I am in Slovenia next week. I appreciate this is a tight turnaround but it is vital information when planning a complex and creative conference like AoMO.
Thank you all for your co-operation in advance