Two great lessons for me. 

Christina Baldwin: "no one person can be responsible for the safety of a group 
but a group can learn to take responsibility for its own safety"

Birgitt Williams: " there is always greif in the room."  

Chris

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> On Sep 21, 2016, at 11:31 AM, Peggy Holman via OSList 
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> Great question Harold! I always wince when people say the space needs to be 
> safe. If you make space so safe that it leaves the opportunity for messiness 
> out, nothing happens. Sometimes I’ve said "safe enough”. Ultimately, as you 
> said, a sense of safety comes from within.
> 
> Rather than safety, I have come to focus on welcoming space. (With a nod to 
> Juanita Brown, who helped me to understand the value of welcoming.) A spirit 
> of welcome creates conditions for who and what shows up. And if you start 
> cultivating a culture of welcome, then there’s room for all voices — and 
> those who come discover they belong. 
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> Peggy
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>> On Sep 21, 2016, at 11:16 AM, Harold Shinsato via OSList 
>> <oslist@lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:
>> 
>> Dear People(s) of Open Space,
>> 
>> What is the importance of safety? What, if any, work is needed in the 
>> "pre-work" to help ensure safety?
>> 
>> It seems that safety is doomed if the "givens" are that the people in the 
>> organization must either be silent or agree with the "powers that be" on 
>> everything.
>> 
>> I'm seeing two aspects to this. At one level, systemic oppression (such as 
>> explicitly killing, imprisoning, or otherwise effectively punishing dissent) 
>> clearly would shut down any opening in an open space.
>> 
>> And at another level, safety is something we can be responsible in 
>> ourselves. With enough passion and courage, we can take responsibility for 
>> own safety. And also, it can be easy just to stay silent, or not to look 
>> beyond the smallness of our comfort zone because of the lenses we look 
>> through. And then we won't even try something out of fear, when something 
>> powerful could have been a     result of us taking a small step (or a small 
>> series of steps to the center of the circle).
>> 
>> What do you all think about safety, and helping to encourage people to 
>> source their own safety, as well as working with the "powers that be" to 
>> help ensure some level of safety?
>> 
>>     Thanks!
>>     Harold
>> 
>> P.S. I did find one interesting post about this in the archives from the 
>> late Father Brian Bainbridge. 
>> http://www.mail-archive.com/oslist@lists.openspacetech.org/msg01333.html
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>> -- 
>> Harold Shinsato
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