Dear Colleagues,
I am interested in questions, and how people get wrapped up in answering a
question, without first giving some discernment to whether or not it is the
right question. Oh...I miss Fr. Brian Bainbridge when I get to thinking
like this....he would have been a great one to have this conversation with.
As I understand it, the question was stated as one to look at whether Open
Space assisted in avoidance of conflict.

My question, the one that I believe is more to the heart of the matter is
'have you ever been part of successful movement with conflict resolution
when the space wasn't open?'.

For any conflict, inter-personal, intra-personal, larger scale, conflict
doesn't have successful movement if there is no space for the movement, no
space for the re-framing.that is needed for healing. Conflict is not in
short supply in this world. Let us use any processes that we can to be of
service to our fellow humans to move beyond the stuck energies of conflict.

Blessings,
Birgitt



On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 12:50 PM christopher macrae via OSList <
oslist@lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:

> 3 comments which may sound contradictory and reveal my own need to action
> learn
>
> 1 harrisons' books eg practice of peace explain that an intention of Open
> Space is to free people who are all trapped by the same conflict to move
> beyond it - creating more space than top-down rules  or historiic cultural
> misunderstanding had previously allowed - this always seems to me to be
> what is happening provided the facilitator is experienced
>
> 2 however what happens when people are no longer together in the space;
> are actions and post conflict innovations unstoppable?; here what bothers
> me is that there is no complete database of success stories- or if there is
> please given us one bookmark; i mean something that is an updating index
> not just this listing - a "good food guide" review format to open space so
> to speak
>
> 3 i wonder if anyone has experienced deep democracy which i believe was
> innovated by myrna lewis in south africa- this starts with a somewhat
> different process purpose ; it aims to identify opposng sides and then get
> them to debate what  with all their energy but no violence what is  their
> absolute minimum demands in a proposed solution which will make them unite
> with the other sides
>
> while 3 sounds a valid idea frankly it puts even more burden of the
> faciltator (or indeed the spirit of the space) and who actually sponsored
> the event - the very few deep democracies I have participated in did not
> have outcomes that i trusted even though I was there more as an observer
> than one of the interested partners
>
> just my 3 cents worth ; ultimately the catch 22 seems to me to be that
> unless hehre is already enough community to be the sponsor , the after-the
> space motivations of the sponoir come back into play- so how one deals with
> that is what I dont understand?
>
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> > On 30 January 2018 at 23:07, Daniel Mezick via OSList <
> oslist@lists.openspacetech.org <mailto:oslist@lists.openspacetech.org>>
> wrote:
> > I am hearing this pointed criticism from some quarters: That OST
> actually encourages conflict-avoidance via the Law of 2 Feet. In other
> words, people who need to be resolving conflict (or at least discussing it)
> can just avoid the touchy topic... and each other.
> >
> > Could this actually be true? If not why not?
> >
> >
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> > Book: The Culture Game. <http://theculturegame.com/>
> > Book: The OpenSpace Agility Handbook. <
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