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."
> On Sep 21, 2016, at 11:31 AM, Peggy Holman via OSList
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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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>> On Sep 21, 2016, at 11:16 AM, Harold Shinsato via OSList
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>> 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
>> 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?
>> P.S. I did find one interesting post about this in the archives from the
>> late Father Brian Bainbridge.
>> Harold Shinsato
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