Hi All, I'd put myself in the same group as Chris and Birgitt. I follow the Guide and don't ever hesitate to open space in weird circumstances that require some adaptation. Making those adaptations is where skillful practice comes in, which requires understanding and embodying the patterns that make up the practice. I once had someone tell me I was not doing open space correctly because the sessions I framed were not 90 minutes long, among other transgressions.
If there's an OST 1.0 and 2.0, I'd suggest it's as simple as 1.0 is cookbook and 2.0 is framework. And everything after that is just practice, learning, local adaptation. I find talking about versions is too limiting, as it suggests a linear evolution, which is in my experience not how learning and open space work. There isn't any room in OS for posting a topic that "somebody" should address, only topics that "I care about and will address." In the same way, it seems not very interesting to talk about what should be happening with OS or OST in the world. What is really interesting and exciting is sharing what you and I are actually doing (or trying, wanting, hoping to do) in and with OS. That, to me, is where my and our practice(s) grows and evolves. Over time, I think there are as many versions of open space as there are people who care and dare to open space wherever they are. And then, one version for everywhere they do it. Fr. Brian Bainbridge (who I'd say was one of the most important people in the story of open space in the world, and one of my own greatest teachers) once told me he used to read a little bit from the User's Guide every morning before he facilitated an OS event. He also told me about convening serial wednesday morning open spaces. He once opened space on stage in an auditorium and had conveners passing across that stage and posting/announcing topics on a board there -- then had no breakouts. He just let the people hear all the ideas that wanted to be addressed and left them to it in hallway conversations. He ran his parish as an open space gathering. And in some years made 600-700 "house visits," just knocking on the doors of parishioners to meet them where they really lived. I remember talking with Brian about "Letting Go," what he saw as the essence of open space. So how do we open new and improved space in the world? How do we go about improving or increasing the amount of letting go that is going on in the world? What are the issues and opportunities for letting go of versions, growth and improvement? What are the issues and opportunities for letting go of open space? Or are we letting go of letting go? Michael -- Michael Herman Michael Herman Associates 312-280-7838 (mobile) http://MichaelHerman.com http://OpenSpaceWorld.org On Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 1:01 AM, Tonnie van der Zouwen via OSList < email@example.com> wrote: > Dear Marai and HO, dear all on this list, > > Thank you for sharing your experiences and feelings so openly. > Embarrasment seems to be fruitful somehow. > > I have listened to the podcast and an idea popped up. What about making a > grand opening space song at the Wos on Os in Iceland? I will be there, and > I am planning to bring some students and colleagues too. > > Hope to see you in Iceland in October. And now I am typing this on my > mobile, I would like to invite you to a session to discuss how the > principle 'Less is more', and other OS principles can be applied to our > organizational life. Or to life in general? And to our education system, > universities? ....The idea is not new, I know, but I keep forgetting. > > See you in Reykjavik, > Tonnie van der Zouwen > > > > Verzonden vanaf mijn Samsung-apparaat > > > -------- Oorspronkelijk bericht -------- > Van: Harrison Owen via OSList <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Datum: 01-03-18 18:00 (GMT+01:00) > Aan: 'World wide Open Space Technology email list' < > email@example.com> > Cc: Harrison Owen <hho...@verizon.net> > Onderwerp: Re: [OSList] What is y/our biggest vision for OST ? > > Improved Open Space! Marvelous idea!! And should you (or anybody else) > succeed, I will be the first supporter and largest fan. I will warn you, > however, that you will not be the first to make such an attempt. I think > that might have been me. > > After I recovered from the two Martinis, and indeed three or four years > after the first Open Space in Monterey California (1985), I recognized that > something truly odd and wonderful was happening in that circle. Actually I > was a slow learner, and it took the sharp eyes of people like Anne Stadler, > Mahesh, and others to see what I couldn't see. > > After a bit, there was something of a blinding flash of the obvious. What > happened was not only unpredictable, but totally remarkable. At least we > all thought it was pretty weird. And back in those days, weird was good. So > how about More Weird? Better Weird? Or just better, and not so weird?? > > It was a pretty heady time. David Cooperrider was appreciating, Marv was > searching the future, various people were in Quality Circles, and not far > down the road was Process Re-engineering. Lots to play with, and many > wonderful playmates -- not to exclude "Searching for Excellence" and > "Future Shock!" > > We did not do a lot of OS's -- at least by contemporary standards. But > each was an experiment. Lots of folks suggested adding or changing a bit. > My instantaneous response was "Try it." The experimentation was > considerable -- but sometimes embarrassing... for me. For example. > > A very large Canadian financial institution was doing a two day OS for the > purposes of charting their future. 250 folks including the senior staff and > rising stars. And -- to hedge their bet "the powers" contracted with a > friend who did "creativity enhancement" for a day's work shop up front. > They used drums and song...the day was gorgeous! Then we opened space. > Massive, powerful, productive. > > When it was all over, "The Powers that Be" asked me what I thought. I had > to bite my tongue. But the folks involved were quick to the point. To a > person they say, "The Three days were gorgeous -- but why did we waste the > first day?" Their words, my friend. I was embarrassed. > > That has been my story ever since. Embarrassed. > > I had been taught, practiced, and been honored for all of the things that > "modern management" was supposed to do. My training was usually informal > (serious folks telling me how) but my positions were "recognized (check out > whatever Who's Who)." Open Space Technology was/is the embarrassment of my > life. Every single principle or practice that I "learned" was violated. I > really had a hard time keeping a straight face talking to my > friends/colleagues. > > So to your question. If you want to learn how to "do" OST -- stay home. If > you want some new trick of the trade -- don't go out the door. > > HOWEVER -- in 30+ year of failure, I have learned one thing. Less is more. > We already "know" how to do OS -- been doing it for 13.7 billion years. > What we need to work on is putting to one side all that we think/taught > works. Hard job. But possible. > > I call it "being there authentically." Martin H. might call it "Dasein." > Call it what you like, but it is worth a trip. > > I'm going to try. Will you? > > > ho > > > > > > Winter Address > 7808 River Falls Dr. > Potomac, MD 20854 > 301-365-2093 <(301)%20365-2093> > > Summer Address > 189 Beaucauire Ave > Camden, ME 04843 > 207 763-3261 <(207)%20763-3261> > > Websites > www.openspaceworld.com > www.ho-image.com > > -----Original Message----- > From: OSList [mailto:oslist-boun...@lists.openspacetech.org] On Behalf Of > Marai Kiele via OSList > Sent: Thursday, March 1, 2018 6:33 AM > To: ost list international > Cc: Marai Kiele > Subject: [OSList] What is y/our biggest vision for OST ? > > Dear colleagues, > > Are you interested in fresh thinking regarding OST? > Are you interested in making it better? > > I recently participated in the WOSonOS planning meeting and ever since > I’ve been wondering: > What could make me eager to go to Iceland? > > Right now, I am not eager. Yet. > > I have already been to three WOSonOS (2003 in Svenmark, 2005 in Canada, > 2010 in Berlin) and several OSonOS. > I don’t need another OST just to share some practices, experiences, > stories. > Just to see old friends (while I love meeting old friends!). Just to make > new friends (while I love making new friends!). > > But none of this evokes the desire to go to Iceland for WOSonOS from me. > How about you? > > So I’ve been contemplating: > What would I need to happen there, so that I create the money and time to > go? > What would need to have evolved, so that afterwards I will celebrate > having been there? > > Today I listened to a podcast by Seth Godin, who I appreciate for his > honest and brilliant approach to marketing. > Regarding the grandest possible vision for OST I invite you to listen to 1 > minute: > > http://hear.sethpodcast.com/?_branch_match_id=353283807642880233 > > Stopp what is playing automatically > Scroll down to the episodes and start „The Grand Opening" > Listen to 10:57 - 11:58 > > Please take 1,5 minutes, listen first, than continue reading. Thank you. > > * > > So referring to what he shared and applying it to OST: > > Can OST actually be made better? > I know there is a strong perspective of every change = making it worse. > I once thought that way. Not anymore. > > What if there actually were many things to make it better? > Be it in the format, the marketing, how it is integrated into business… > > So that we relax and trust that… slowly and naturally… some day soon… > everyone is going to know about it? > > And what could this year's WOSonOS have to do with it? > > Just wondering… > > Any thoughts, feelings, further questions? > > PS - some of you may remember me: > I am located in Germany, back on this list after many years of absence. I > was pretty active in this community starting in 2003… Left several years > ago. > One: I wasn’t learning as intensely as before and had a sense that the > space for fresh thinking was closing. > Two: Other topics captured my passion, including the Genuine Contact > approach - which integrates OST and made it better ;-) - so I believe... > > With curiosity to explore together, > Marai > > https://about.me/maraikiele > http://genuinecontact.net/members/marai-kiele/ > > > _______________________________________________ > OSList mailing list > To post send emails to OSList@lists.openspacetech.org To unsubscribe send > an email to oslist-le...@lists.openspacetech.org > To subscribe or manage your subscription click below: > http://lists.openspacetech.org/listinfo.cgi/oslist-openspacetech.org > Past archives can be viewed here: http://www.mail-archive.com/ > firstname.lastname@example.org > > _______________________________________________ > OSList mailing list > To post send emails to OSList@lists.openspacetech.org > To unsubscribe send an email to oslist-le...@lists.openspacetech.org > To subscribe or manage your subscription click below: > http://lists.openspacetech.org/listinfo.cgi/oslist-openspacetech.org > Past archives can be viewed here: http://www.mail-archive.com/ > email@example.com > > _______________________________________________ > OSList mailing list > To post send emails to OSList@lists.openspacetech.org > To unsubscribe send an email to oslist-le...@lists.openspacetech.org > To subscribe or manage your subscription click below: > http://lists.openspacetech.org/listinfo.cgi/oslist-openspacetech.org > Past archives can be viewed here: http://www.mail-archive.com/ > firstname.lastname@example.org >
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