Open Space Technology Training September 13 - 16, 2000 Coffee Breaks – Inspiration for a new Meeting Technology What OST Provides Cost efficient method for engaging groups in collective transformation. Unleashes pent up passion. Enough structure to release creativity and freedom.
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September 13 - 16, 2000
Create and hold space and time
Totally Present & Absolutely Invisible
Future is Not Yet
Soooo, whadda we got?
Thanks to Angeles Arrien, The Four-Fold Way
All is right with
“We are already in a state of CHAOS.”
In fact, when you achieve biological equilibrium, you’re dead.
will get back to
normal . . .
“Necessity is the mother of invention!”
An original quote by L. Labron
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.
World-changing breakthroughs are more often the result of accidents and inspiration than planning.
Only space for the dance of CHAOS and ORDER.
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.
The Journey to Transformation . . .
Walk the circle
Hold the space
Begin in Chaos
Pass through Order
Inspiration happens when spirit appears
Shock/Anger Denial Memories
Shock & Anger
Somewhere between memories and despair, all the stories need to be told . . . then silence opens the space for transformation
Vision is born in the midst of destruction . . . It’s always messy.
Down the tubes
Plenty of room to grow!
Feeling pretty crowded!
People start to crash and burn
(but it IS predictable)
Like an entrepreneur on the first day of business.
Nice, orderly, predictable - like a Ma and Pa store . . .
But NOT well positioned to respond to change.
Any well managed corporation - like a well maintained machine,
it is controlled and efficient - until it loses control!!
A collective consciousness emerges -
like in a “hot” jazz band, a symphony or a sports team
By becoming aware that we are communities, not organizations, we will change the very nature of ourrelationships, making them less material and more spiritual, less mechanical and more divine, less temporary and more infinite, less cursory and more vital. Then our communities will come alive. Our natural longing to form lasting connections will then transform our affairsand our planet. Lance Secretan
Harrison Owen, 1997
“High Learning” occurs when chaos demolishes
old structures, beliefs, systems - reality gets redefined.
High play goes hand-in-hand with high learning - it is the antidote to scientific or social fundamentalism or intellectual fascism.
about “Screwing Up”?
Just remember . . .
You’re not in charge!
9:00 – 10:00
Start and Agenda-Setting
10:00 – 11:15
11:15 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:45
2:45 – 4:00
4:00 – 5:00
Sample Schedule Day 1
9:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 4:30
4:30 – 5:00
Sample Schedule 1 ½ Hours
Theme and Givens
Propose a Sample Topic
The ideas in this presentation are from the Open Space training manual developed in 1997 by Harrison Owen, as well as from the worldwide Open Space community. Any errors, omissions or mistakes are our own. Jim Clark, Taiwan. Laurel Doersam, Victoria, Canada.