Open Space Technology Training September 13 - 16, 2000
What OST Provides • Cost efficient method for engaging groups in collective transformation. • Unleashes pent up passion. • Enough structure to release creativity and freedom. • An opportunity for revival of organization’s spirit
The Facilitator’s Role: Create and hold space and time
The Goal is to be . . . Totally Present & Absolutely Invisible
The Facilitator . . . • Works with Sponsors on creating Theme and Givens. • Keeps the space as “open” as possible. • Stays out of the way of the participants. • Focuses the participants on the Theme. • Follows up with Sponsors on results of the meeting.
Past is Over ~ Future is Not Yet Soooo, whadda we got? NOW!
The Object is to turn NOW!!! now into
Spirited OST Facilitation: Thanks to Angeles Arrien, The Four-Fold Way
Getting Ready . . . • You need: • Clarity • Focus • Presence
OPENING SPACE for CHAOS And CREATIVITY
CHAOS??? Yikes!! CHAOS = CONTROL
The illusion of Order . . . All is right with the world. “We are already in a state of CHAOS.” M. Gorbachev
Chaos couldn’t be more natural . . . In fact, when you achieve biological equilibrium, you’re dead.
Chaos is . . . • Part of the natural order • The state that preceeds transformation • The catalyst for a higher state of function
Someday, things will get back to normal . . . NOT!!!
Remember . . . “Necessity is the mother of invention!” An original quote by L. Labron
Famous messes in history: Arthur Fleming forgot to clean his petri dishes - bacteria were everywhere - except near mould! In the late 30’s, Kleist and Moore decided to fuse glass blocks with a blow-torch. The mess that resulted heralded the “invention” of fibreglass.
FACT: World-changing breakthroughs are more often the result of accidents and inspiration than planning.
In the beginning . . . There was nothing . . . Only space for the dance of CHAOS and ORDER.
Conditions for Self-Organization(as articulated by Stuart Kauffman at the Santa Fe Institute) • Nutrient environment • Diversity/complexity • Drive for improvement • Sparse connections • Edge of chaos
Conditions for using OST • Real issue of concern • Diversity of players • Complexity of elements • Presence of passion (or Conflict!) • Needs immediate decision/action • Nobody knows the answers
Facilitator as Midwife . . . Your role, like that of the midwife, is to assist those doing the active work of creating - to hold the emerging infant, to provide a safe landing. The process, like birth, is natural and self-directing.
Facilitator as Shaman The Journey to Transformation . . . Walk the circle Hold the space Begin in Chaos Pass through Order
The Dance of Chaos • Learning • Self-Organization • Transformation
The Spirit/Organization Life-Cycle Decline Maturity Growth Change or Die Spirit Birth Organization
The Transformative Cycle Spirit Inspiration happens when spirit appears CHAOS Vision Imagination Wonder Shock/Anger Denial Memories Open Space
The transformative cycle is much like the grief cycle Shock & Anger Denial Acceptance Despair & Silence Memories
Somewhere between memories and despair, all the stories need to be told . . . then silence opens the space for transformation
Wonder plus Imagination VISION
Vision is born in the midst of destruction . . . It’s always messy.
Stages of Development Bliss Tight quarters Toxic State Down the tubes
BLISS Plenty of room to grow!
Tight quarters Feeling pretty crowded!
Toxic state illness angst People start to crash and burn stress
Down the tubes!
It’s a little like birth Toxic state Bliss Tight quarters
Headin’ to the NEW! Same old stuff vision Vision Imagination Wonder Shock/Anger Denial Memories Open Space
Transformation is seldom planned, sequential or orderly (but it IS predictable)
TRANSFORMATION Individual Organizational Spirit Inspired Soul Interactive Intellect Proactive Mind Responsive Reactive Body Ken Wilbur Harrison Owen
The Reactive Organization Like an entrepreneur on the first day of business.
Responsive Organization Nice, orderly, predictable - like a Ma and Pa store . . . But NOT well positioned to respond to change.
Proactive Organization Any well managed corporation - like a well maintained machine, it is controlled and efficient - until it loses control!!