Bettye Pruitt

For the past ten years, Bettye Pruitt has devoted herself to creating and sharing knowledge about dialogic change processes and to promoting learning across the diverse field of practitioners using those processes. From 2000 to 2003, she was part of a team that supported the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean in an initiative to strengthen democratic governance by developing regional capacity for national dialogues. She served as the learning historian for a series of four practitioner workshops hosted by the UNDP in Latin America. Bettye carried this work forward to co-author Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners (2007), which drew heavily upon learning from the workshops and on cases gathered from many institutions working with dialogue processes.

In 2003 Bettye became project leader of the Generative Dialogue Project, which evolved into a global network, the Generative Change Community. She served as co-coordinator of the Generative Change Community (GCC) from 2005 through 2009. In that capacity, she interacted with change practitioners from many different fields and areas of work and from all different regions of the world. She led the development of the GCC Process Inquiry Protocol, which was conceived as a framework for learning across diverse examples of dialogic change processes. She also co-led the emergence of a related network, the Change Alliance.

Bettye is formally trained as a social historian (PhD Boston University, 1981). She spent fourteen years, the last two as managing partner, with The Winthrop Group, a small firm of “consulting historians.” She produced three corporate histories published by university presses, as well as many proprietary reports, all focused on contributing to a clearer understanding of how business institutions operate and evolve. In conducting hundreds of oral-history interviews, she gained deep experience in establishing conditions for reflection and helping people review and interpret their careers and organizational contexts.

In 1998, Bettye joined the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL). She was a member of SoL’s council of trustees from 1999 through 2006, including two years as co-chair. During that time she co-authored a book on Collaborative Interactive Action Research and its use in organizations seeking to develop strategies for working more effectively while reducing work-personal life conflicts and increasing gender equity. As an associate of Generon Consulting from 2000 to 2005, Bettye led the development of its learning history practice, creating guidelines and coaching learning historians in a variety of change initiatives.

In her current work with D3 Associates, she continues to focus on research, writing and learning about dialogic change processes. Bettye also works with authors, providing developmental editing and coaching to help bring their ideas to publication.

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