Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-10-12 Thread Funda Oral

congratulations Esther, such a wonderful and inspiring experience
Funda

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On Wed, 2006-10-11 at 08:06 -0400, Communications Esther Matte wrote:

 Good morning to you all!

Well, I DID IT My first OST, and with a very small group of 5 people.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me a couple of weeks
ago. I went there last night  with confidence in your advice, my heart, 
the

group and the process. And it worked wonders!

There were only 5 participants. Three people chose not to come, one of
which was a surprise for the sponsor. So I started off by saying that the
people who were there were the ones who were truly passionate about the
theme, and they were the ones we needed.

I did the usual opening in about 10-12 minutes, skipping most of the
reassuring parts. They posted 11 subjects, combined three, so there were 
8

discussions in 3 rounds of 45 minutes each.

I followed your suggestions and expressed clearly the two choices they 
had:
discuss everything as a group, which was very tempting of course, or 
follow

the method. Then I suggested they give it a try at least for the first
round of discussion, and one participant supported this suggestion. I 
added

that they might find that discussing as a group would make it very
difficult if not impossible to go through the 8 subjects in 2 hours and
maybe using the Law and playing bumble bees would allow them to discuss
everything and go deeper. Much like what happened to Diane, they gave it 
a
try and never looked back. Of course, it's less natural with a small 
group,

but it works really well anyway.

The next step will be action planning. They were all surprised at what 
they

had accomplished, felt revigorated and inspired and now have a clearer
picture of their situation and what they might want to do next.

As for me, it was a thrill. I felt OST was perfectly in sync with my 
self,

and was both excited and scared of doing my first event with such a small
group. I re-read Harrison's book during the weekend, read all of the 
advice

received from you yesterday morning, meditated a bit before going there,
centered my self and stayed focused to be fully present and invisible 
(this

week's discussion about presence was inspiring) and let go of any
expectations and fear to simply go with the flow of the moment.

I still feel the energy from the event this morning, and I know in my 
heart

I found a path on which I'll travel for a while and bring people to
discover. Thank you all for your support!

Esther

At 17:40 2006-09-19, you wrote:
Hello Esther,

I have had a couple with less than ten people. There's a few thoughts I
have about OS and a small group:

- it seems to be even more important than with a large group to have a
central question which is very powerful. After all, if you have 300
participants and some really want to do something else,
   that's one thing. If you have a few people, it could feel different
 (meaning I am not sure whether it would really be different, because I
 haven't experienced that yet).

- I have also with the smaller groups done a full opening but with 
smaller
groups sometimes comes a smaller room. If the circle is very small, 
space

can get cramped. So I suggest to make
   sure you have space enough

- I have worked with teams in an organisation which had held 10-15 open
space events. Each team member in the leadership team had actually been
trained in OST.
   Several times OST was used in creating the agenda and process for a
 team meeting, but without the whole opening. Worked well.

Greetings from (today) Holland,




Gerard Muller
Open Space Institute Denmark
Phone: (+45) 21269621   Skype: openspace1
Mail: g...@openspace.dk







On Sep 19, 2006, at 2:29 PM, Communications Esther Matte wrote:

Hello everyone!

First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the
OSList.  I’m new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my
“first big circle” as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks
to you all.

I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­
which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my
experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and
co-facilitated one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it
works with as few as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several
rounds of discussions? In separate rooms? Do people actually work by
themselves and team up? Can you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe
20-30 minutes opening, 2 X 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X
30-minutes, action planning and closing).

I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first
possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the 
other.
Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much 
appreciated.


Thank you very much in advance for your time!

Esther Matte
Communications Esther Matte
1011, Marie-Victorin
Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0

Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-10-11 Thread Communications Esther Matte

Good morning to you all!

Well, I DID IT My first OST, and with a very small group of 5 people.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me a couple of weeks 
ago. I went there last night  with confidence in your advice, my heart, the 
group and the process. And it worked wonders!


There were only 5 participants. Three people chose not to come, one of 
which was a surprise for the sponsor. So I started off by saying that the 
people who were there were the ones who were truly passionate about the 
theme, and they were the ones we needed.


I did the usual opening in about 10-12 minutes, skipping most of the 
reassuring parts. They posted 11 subjects, combined three, so there were 8 
discussions in 3 rounds of 45 minutes each.


I followed your suggestions and expressed clearly the two choices they had: 
discuss everything as a group, which was very tempting of course, or follow 
the method. Then I suggested they give it a try at least for the first 
round of discussion, and one participant supported this suggestion. I added 
that they might find that discussing as a group would make it very 
difficult if not impossible to go through the 8 subjects in 2 hours and 
maybe using the Law and playing bumble bees would allow them to discuss 
everything and go deeper. Much like what happened to Diane, they gave it a 
try and never looked back. Of course, it's less natural with a small group, 
but it works really well anyway.


The next step will be action planning. They were all surprised at what they 
had accomplished, felt revigorated and inspired and now have a clearer 
picture of their situation and what they might want to do next.


As for me, it was a thrill. I felt OST was perfectly in sync with my self, 
and was both excited and scared of doing my first event with such a small 
group. I re-read Harrison's book during the weekend, read all of the advice 
received from you yesterday morning, meditated a bit before going there, 
centered my self and stayed focused to be fully present and invisible (this 
week's discussion about presence was inspiring) and let go of any 
expectations and fear to simply go with the flow of the moment.


I still feel the energy from the event this morning, and I know in my heart 
I found a path on which I'll travel for a while and bring people to 
discover. Thank you all for your support!


Esther

At 17:40 2006-09-19, you wrote:

Hello Esther,

I have had a couple with less than ten people. There's a few thoughts I 
have about OS and a small group:


- it seems to be even more important than with a large group to have a 
central question which is very powerful. After all, if you have 300 
participants and some really want to do something else,
  that's one thing. If you have a few people, it could feel different 
(meaning I am not sure whether it would really be different, because I 
haven't experienced that yet).


- I have also with the smaller groups done a full opening but with smaller 
groups sometimes comes a smaller room. If the circle is very small, space 
can get cramped. So I suggest to make

  sure you have space enough

- I have worked with teams in an organisation which had held 10-15 open 
space events. Each team member in the leadership team had actually been 
trained in OST.
  Several times OST was used in creating the agenda and process for a 
team meeting, but without the whole opening. Worked well.


Greetings from (today) Holland,




Gerard Muller
Open Space Institute Denmark
Phone: (+45) 21269621   Skype: openspace1
Mail: g...@openspace.dk







On Sep 19, 2006, at 2:29 PM, Communications Esther Matte wrote:


Hello everyone!

First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the 
OSList.  I’m new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my 
“first big circle” as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks 
to you all.


I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­ 
which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my 
experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and 
co-facilitated one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it 
works with as few as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several 
rounds of discussions? In separate rooms? Do people actually work by 
themselves and team up? Can you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 
20-30 minutes opening, 2 X 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 
30-minutes, action planning and closing).


I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first 
possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the other. 
Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much appreciated.


Thank you very much in advance for your time!

Esther Matte
Communications Esther Matte
1011, Marie-Victorin
Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0
www.excellence.ca

L'art de dire

Tél. : (450) 583-5849
Téléc. : (450) 583-3513

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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-10-11 Thread filiz
Esther, thank you for this genuine storytelling! What a joy :) 

Filiz from a rainy-sunny ıstanbul...


-Original Message-
From: Communications Esther Matte [mailto:ema...@excellence.ca] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 3:06 PM
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Subject: Re: opening space with very small groups

Good morning to you all!

Well, I DID IT My first OST, and with a very small group of 5
people.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me a couple of weeks 
ago. I went there last night  with confidence in your advice, my heart,
the 
group and the process. And it worked wonders!

There were only 5 participants. Three people chose not to come, one of 
which was a surprise for the sponsor. So I started off by saying that
the 
people who were there were the ones who were truly passionate about the 
theme, and they were the ones we needed.

I did the usual opening in about 10-12 minutes, skipping most of the 
reassuring parts. They posted 11 subjects, combined three, so there were
8 
discussions in 3 rounds of 45 minutes each.

I followed your suggestions and expressed clearly the two choices they
had: 
discuss everything as a group, which was very tempting of course, or
follow 
the method. Then I suggested they give it a try at least for the first 
round of discussion, and one participant supported this suggestion. I
added 
that they might find that discussing as a group would make it very 
difficult if not impossible to go through the 8 subjects in 2 hours and 
maybe using the Law and playing bumble bees would allow them to discuss 
everything and go deeper. Much like what happened to Diane, they gave it
a 
try and never looked back. Of course, it's less natural with a small
group, 
but it works really well anyway.

The next step will be action planning. They were all surprised at what
they 
had accomplished, felt revigorated and inspired and now have a clearer 
picture of their situation and what they might want to do next.

As for me, it was a thrill. I felt OST was perfectly in sync with my
self, 
and was both excited and scared of doing my first event with such a
small 
group. I re-read Harrison's book during the weekend, read all of the
advice 
received from you yesterday morning, meditated a bit before going there,

centered my self and stayed focused to be fully present and invisible
(this 
week's discussion about presence was inspiring) and let go of any 
expectations and fear to simply go with the flow of the moment.

I still feel the energy from the event this morning, and I know in my
heart 
I found a path on which I'll travel for a while and bring people to 
discover. Thank you all for your support!

Esther

At 17:40 2006-09-19, you wrote:
Hello Esther,

I have had a couple with less than ten people. There's a few thoughts I

have about OS and a small group:

- it seems to be even more important than with a large group to have a 
central question which is very powerful. After all, if you have 300 
participants and some really want to do something else,
   that's one thing. If you have a few people, it could feel different 
 (meaning I am not sure whether it would really be different, because I

 haven't experienced that yet).

- I have also with the smaller groups done a full opening but with
smaller 
groups sometimes comes a smaller room. If the circle is very small,
space 
can get cramped. So I suggest to make
   sure you have space enough

- I have worked with teams in an organisation which had held 10-15 open

space events. Each team member in the leadership team had actually been

trained in OST.
   Several times OST was used in creating the agenda and process for a 
 team meeting, but without the whole opening. Worked well.

Greetings from (today) Holland,




Gerard Muller
Open Space Institute Denmark
Phone: (+45) 21269621   Skype: openspace1
Mail: g...@openspace.dk







On Sep 19, 2006, at 2:29 PM, Communications Esther Matte wrote:

Hello everyone!

First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the 
OSList.  I'm new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my 
first big circle as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident
thanks 
to you all.

I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­

which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my 
experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and 
co-facilitated one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how
it 
works with as few as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several

rounds of discussions? In separate rooms? Do people actually work by 
themselves and team up? Can you do it in approximately 3 hours ?
(Maybe 
20-30 minutes opening, 2 X 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 
30-minutes, action planning and closing).

I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first 
possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the
other. 
Any comments, suggestions, ideas

Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-10-11 Thread douglas germann
Congratulations, Esther!

What a wonderful discovery you have made.

And...I always re-read the Guide before every OST I do, and bring it
along in the box of markers and bells and stuff. Sometimes I look into
the Guide during the day

You did good!

:- Doug. Germann

On Wed, 2006-10-11 at 08:06 -0400, Communications Esther Matte wrote:
  Good morning to you all!
 
 Well, I DID IT My first OST, and with a very small group of 5 people.
 
 Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me a couple of weeks 
 ago. I went there last night  with confidence in your advice, my heart, the 
 group and the process. And it worked wonders!
 
 There were only 5 participants. Three people chose not to come, one of 
 which was a surprise for the sponsor. So I started off by saying that the 
 people who were there were the ones who were truly passionate about the 
 theme, and they were the ones we needed.
 
 I did the usual opening in about 10-12 minutes, skipping most of the 
 reassuring parts. They posted 11 subjects, combined three, so there were 8 
 discussions in 3 rounds of 45 minutes each.
 
 I followed your suggestions and expressed clearly the two choices they had: 
 discuss everything as a group, which was very tempting of course, or follow 
 the method. Then I suggested they give it a try at least for the first 
 round of discussion, and one participant supported this suggestion. I added 
 that they might find that discussing as a group would make it very 
 difficult if not impossible to go through the 8 subjects in 2 hours and 
 maybe using the Law and playing bumble bees would allow them to discuss 
 everything and go deeper. Much like what happened to Diane, they gave it a 
 try and never looked back. Of course, it's less natural with a small group, 
 but it works really well anyway.
 
 The next step will be action planning. They were all surprised at what they 
 had accomplished, felt revigorated and inspired and now have a clearer 
 picture of their situation and what they might want to do next.
 
 As for me, it was a thrill. I felt OST was perfectly in sync with my self, 
 and was both excited and scared of doing my first event with such a small 
 group. I re-read Harrison's book during the weekend, read all of the advice 
 received from you yesterday morning, meditated a bit before going there, 
 centered my self and stayed focused to be fully present and invisible (this 
 week's discussion about presence was inspiring) and let go of any 
 expectations and fear to simply go with the flow of the moment.
 
 I still feel the energy from the event this morning, and I know in my heart 
 I found a path on which I'll travel for a while and bring people to 
 discover. Thank you all for your support!
 
 Esther
 
 At 17:40 2006-09-19, you wrote:
 Hello Esther,
 
 I have had a couple with less than ten people. There's a few thoughts I 
 have about OS and a small group:
 
 - it seems to be even more important than with a large group to have a 
 central question which is very powerful. After all, if you have 300 
 participants and some really want to do something else,
that's one thing. If you have a few people, it could feel different 
  (meaning I am not sure whether it would really be different, because I 
  haven't experienced that yet).
 
 - I have also with the smaller groups done a full opening but with smaller 
 groups sometimes comes a smaller room. If the circle is very small, space 
 can get cramped. So I suggest to make
sure you have space enough
 
 - I have worked with teams in an organisation which had held 10-15 open 
 space events. Each team member in the leadership team had actually been 
 trained in OST.
Several times OST was used in creating the agenda and process for a 
  team meeting, but without the whole opening. Worked well.
 
 Greetings from (today) Holland,
 
 
 
 
 Gerard Muller
 Open Space Institute Denmark
 Phone: (+45) 21269621   Skype: openspace1
 Mail: g...@openspace.dk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 On Sep 19, 2006, at 2:29 PM, Communications Esther Matte wrote:
 
 Hello everyone!
 
 First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the 
 OSList.  I’m new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my 
 “first big circle” as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks 
 to you all.
 
 I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­ 
 which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my 
 experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and 
 co-facilitated one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it 
 works with as few as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several 
 rounds of discussions? In separate rooms? Do people actually work by 
 themselves and team up? Can you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 
 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 
 30-minutes, action planning and closing).
 
 I'm sure some of you 

Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-20 Thread C isa Kocher
Again, making a huge leap: after reading for a couple of hours here and
there, googling and surfing: I feel like I am looking at something like
early Quaker history, William Penn and all that.

 

My MA thesis (early 70s) was about acephalous social movements and
networking.

 

 

Thanks again to all

 

 

Love and peace and prayers for peace

 

Isa in istanbul

 

  _  

From: Nancy Weatherhead [mailto:nweatherh...@hotmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:47 PM
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Subject: Re: opening space with very small groups

 

Hi Isa,

Open Space Technology (OST) is a meeting methodology for groups from 1 to as
large as you are challenged to include.  It was created by Harrison Owen who
has written several books, among them 'Open Space Technology: A User's
Guide' which has a detailed description of the methodology


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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-20 Thread Gerard Muller

Hello Esther,

I have had a couple with less than ten people. There's a few thoughts I 
have about OS and a small group:


- it seems to be even more important than with a large group to have a 
central question which is very powerful. After all, if you have 300 
participants and some really want to do something else,
  that's one thing. If you have a few people, it could feel different 
(meaning I am not sure whether it would really be different, because I 
haven't experienced that yet).


- I have also with the smaller groups done a full opening but with 
smaller groups sometimes comes a smaller room. If the circle is very 
small, space can get cramped. So I suggest to make

  sure you have space enough

- I have worked with teams in an organisation which had held 10-15 open 
space events. Each team member in the leadership team had actually been 
trained in OST.
  Several times OST was used in creating the agenda and process for a 
team meeting, but without the whole opening. Worked well.


Greetings from (today) Holland,




Gerard Muller
Open Space Institute Denmark
Phone: (+45) 21269621   Skype: openspace1
Mail: g...@openspace.dk







On Sep 19, 2006, at 2:29 PM, Communications Esther Matte wrote:


Hello everyone!

First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the 
OSList.  I’m new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my 
“first big circle” as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident 
thanks to you all.


I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­ 
which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my 
experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and 
co-facilitated one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how 
it works with as few as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have 
several rounds of discussions? In separate rooms? Do people actually 
work by themselves and team up? Can you do it in approximately 3 hours 
? (Maybe 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 
3 X 30-minutes, action planning and closing).


I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first 
possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the 
other. Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much 
appreciated.


Thank you very much in advance for your time!

Esther Matte
Communications Esther Matte
1011, Marie-Victorin
Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0
www.excellence.ca

L'art de dire

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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-20 Thread Joelle Lyons Everett
Esther--

My experience with very small groups is that they often want to stay 
together, either because they want to discuss all the topics, or because they 
feel a 
little strange moving into even smaller groups.   I like Diane's suggestion to 
have a large enough room.   When there is physical space, I find that soon 
there are two or three people meeting on a separate topic, and even the group 
that stays together might like to move to another area when they change topics.

It can feel a little awkward to walk the circle with a very small group.   I 
sometimes walk around the outside of the circle of chairs, then come into the 
circle on the side to explain the Open Space process.   When you are there 
with the group and the actual setup, you will know what will work for you.

I especially like Open Space for a small group of people who normally work 
together.   The process is just enough different from everyday that it moves 
groups out of their everyday habits and may even cause them to question some of 
their assumptions.   This releases a lot of energy and creativity--people get 
excited.   

Please write again and let us know what happens!   

Joelle Everett
Shelton, Washington, USA



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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-20 Thread Communications Esther Matte

A million thanks to you all for sharing your experience with me!

I had a big surprise from my sponsor this morning, and I now have to 
realign this project a bit. But I see more clearly how OS can work with 
small groups and how I can support their success. I feel honored to have 
received such help, and I will honor it by going there when the time comes 
with confidence in your advice, my heart, the group and the process.


Thanks again, and cheers!

Esther

At 01:52 2006-09-20, you wrote:

Dear Esther!

I have several times conducted OS with small groups, one of them was only
with three persons. Two of them had earlier OS experience, so they just used
the co-created space as usually - posted their topics about what they really
cared about and then started to write down to flip charts their thoughts
about it.

When the first outburst of inspiration was over, the time was right to look
around, what others had done and written down. They walked from one topic to
another and got wonderful additions to their original ideas. Third day was,
as usally, for action planning, at it worked the same way.

Just be relaxed and encourage people to select topics they really care
about. Then remind them, that they have wonderful and rare opportunity to be
with something, that they really care about, for 90 minutes and possibly
they can get some enriching comments and additions.

Go and do it!
With best greetings,
Mikk Sarv
Estonia


- Original Message -
From: Communications Esther Matte ema...@excellence.ca
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 3:29 PM
Subject: opening space with very small groups


 Hello everyone!

 First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the
 OSList.  I'm new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my
 first big circle as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks to
 you all.

 I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­
 which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my
 experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and co-facilitated
 one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it works with as few
 as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several rounds of
discussions?
 In separate rooms? Do people actually work by themselves and team up? Can
 you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X
 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 30-minutes, action planning and
 closing).

 I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first
 possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the other.
 Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much
appreciated.

 Thank you very much in advance for your time!

 Esther Matte
 Communications Esther Matte
 1011, Marie-Victorin
 Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0
 www.excellence.ca

 L'art de dire

 Tél. : (450) 583-5849
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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-20 Thread douglas germann
Diane--

I like your gentle and kind approach. Thank you for posting about your
method--I will use it the next time I am in that situation.

The last time was this spring when we had a Ku Klux Klan member at a
meeting about immigration. I did not handle it well, suggesting that it
would be better to have several groups from which to choose. It worked
well, denying the person who did turn out to be a space invader
want-to-be, the floor from which to make a diatribe. Your way is far
preferable. 

In any case, the lesson for me is that the Law of Two Feet helps keep
the energy and creativity up.

:- Doug. Germann

On Tue, 2006-09-19 at 20:55 -0400, Diane Gibeault wrote:
  Bonjour Esther,
 
 When I opened space for a group of 7 and groups of 10 or so, I did
 everything the same as usual. With the group of 7, people said, why don't
 we all stick together? Their reason was we are such a small group and
 not, we really all want to talk about all of the topics.
 
 So I gently encouraged them to try the OS approach at least for the first
 round, i.e. making choices, being a bumble bee if needed or using their two
 feet. They did try all of the above and never looked back. They just
 followed their energy from that point on and completely forgot about the
 other structured approach they proposed. Even with such a small group, you
 could feel the energy in the room.
 
 At the end, they were amazed at what they had experienced and discovered.
 They had gone deeper in conversations and in developing inter-personal
 relations, which was a central objective for the event.
 
 So many stories to tell about this simple but magical process.
 
 Bonnes chances Esther,
 
 Diane
 
 Diane Gibeault CPF / FPA
 Diane Gibeault  Associé.es-Associates
 Ottawa, ON, Canada  (613) 744-2638
 www.dianegibeault.com diane.gibea...@roger.com
 Facilitation and Training in Support of Transformation
 Facilitation et formation en appui à la transformation
 
 
 -Original Message-
 From: OSLIST [mailto:osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu]On Behalf Of
 Communications Esther Matte
 Sent: September 19, 2006 8:29 AM
 To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
 Subject: opening space with very small groups
 
 
 Hello everyone!
 
 First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the
 OSList.  I’m new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my
 “first big circle” as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks to
 you all.
 
 I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­
 which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my
 experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and co-facilitated
 one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it works with as few
 as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several rounds of discussions?
 In separate rooms? Do people actually work by themselves and team up? Can
 you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X
 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 30-minutes, action planning and
 closing).
 
 I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first
 possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the other.
 Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much appreciated.
 
 Thank you very much in advance for your time!
 
 Esther Matte
 Communications Esther Matte
 1011, Marie-Victorin
 Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0
 www.excellence.ca
 
 L'art de dire
 
 Tél. : (450) 583-5849
 Téléc. : (450) 583-3513
 
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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-19 Thread catherine corbaz
hello, Esther,
i did not open space my self, with such a small group. However, i intended
one last year. We were 6 people.It was in a seminar of for those, who wanted
to animate OS within the genuine contact program.

the OS was facilitate by Marainne Gerber (son...@bluewin.ch). According to
me it worked well. We worked in a large room, so people courl walk from one
groupe to another. However the law of the two feet was not much used.Maybe
we where to shy to move in such a small group. Marianne has done from the
afternoon to the next day morning. the convergence took place on the
morning. And she did not walk inside the circle usual.

I found it pleasant as a participant and i'm sure its possible. finally i
end up in the cafeteria with a colleague. Like in OS with a large group.If
you don't get other ideas, i suggest you contact her.

Good luck

Catherine Corbaz
Ch.des Roseaux 20
CH-2503 Bienne
Switzerland
+41 32 323 38 43



- Original Message -
From: Communications Esther Matte ema...@excellence.ca
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 2:29 PM
Subject: opening space with very small groups


 Hello everyone!

 First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the
 OSList.  I'm new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my
 first big circle as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks to
 you all.

 I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­
 which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my
 experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and co-facilitated
 one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it works with as few
 as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several rounds of
discussions?
 In separate rooms? Do people actually work by themselves and team up? Can
 you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X
 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 30-minutes, action planning and
 closing).

 I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first
 possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the other.
 Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much
appreciated.

 Thank you very much in advance for your time!

 Esther Matte
 Communications Esther Matte
 1011, Marie-Victorin
 Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0
 www.excellence.ca

 L'art de dire

 Tél. : (450) 583-5849
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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-19 Thread Tree Fitzpatrick

I have opened space for a small board retreat.  There were five board
members present.  I opened space and then they created their agenda.  The
agenda started out having nine separate topics, which got combined into
three or four.  And as the small group discussed the agenda, combining
topics, etc. they also discussed how they were all interested in all of the
agenda items.  Then, without any consultation with me, they decided they
would stay together for the three hours they had and work through each of
the agenda items (they ended up with three topics).

As they worked, I considered closing in a different way. . . but my
consulting partner insisted that we have a closing circle.  In the closing
circle, it was reflected that 'everyone' liked open space:  they liked
creating the agenda together,they liked deciding how to spend their time
together, they liked, well, the openness.

I felt a little bit shaky at the beginning, when I heard them suggesting
that they could all stay together.  It took a littl effort to say nothing,
to trust the power of self-organization.

It was just fine.  I have been invited back to facilitate their retreat this
year, too. .. it is coming up in early October.

On 9/19/06, catherine corbaz c.cor...@hispeed.ch wrote:


hello, Esther,
i did not open space my self, with such a small group. However, i intended
one last year. We were 6 people.It was in a seminar of for those, who
wanted
to animate OS within the genuine contact program.

the OS was facilitate by Marainne Gerber (son...@bluewin.ch). According to
me it worked well. We worked in a large room, so people courl walk from
one
groupe to another. However the law of the two feet was not much used.Maybe
we where to shy to move in such a small group. Marianne has done from the
afternoon to the next day morning. the convergence took place on the
morning. And she did not walk inside the circle usual.

I found it pleasant as a participant and i'm sure its possible. finally i
end up in the cafeteria with a colleague. Like in OS with a large group.If
you don't get other ideas, i suggest you contact her.

Good luck

Catherine Corbaz
Ch.des Roseaux 20
CH-2503 Bienne
Switzerland
+41 32 323 38 43



- Original Message -
From: Communications Esther Matte ema...@excellence.ca
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 2:29 PM
Subject: opening space with very small groups


 Hello everyone!

 First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the
 OSList.  I'm new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my
 first big circle as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks
to
 you all.

 I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­
 which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my
 experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and
co-facilitated
 one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it works with as
few
 as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several rounds of
discussions?
 In separate rooms? Do people actually work by themselves and team up?
Can
 you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X
 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 30-minutes, action planning and
 closing).

 I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first
 possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the other.
 Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much
appreciated.

 Thank you very much in advance for your time!

 Esther Matte
 Communications Esther Matte
 1011, Marie-Victorin
 Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0
 www.excellence.ca

 L'art de dire

 Tél. : (450) 583-5849
 Téléc. : (450) 583-3513

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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-19 Thread C isa Kocher
 

 

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From: OSLIST [mailto:osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu] On Behalf Of Tree
Fitzpatrick
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 5:44 PM
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Subject: Re: opening space with very small groups

 

 I have opened space for a small board retreat 

 

 

 

 

] 

 

I am sure this is a really dumb question but I have been reading these posts
here for several days and the literature on the web site.

 

I was referred to this by a discussion at Couch Surfing, one of whose
founders wants to make open space an integral part of Couch Surfing.

 

Is Open Space exclusively a proprietary software or is there a methodology
one can study by old fashioned reading? What is the psychosociology or
whatever or small group methods or whatever behind it?

 

 

Thanks. Thank you for the ongoing discussion.

 

 

I real do appreciate the idea of Open Space, but without having an actual
opportunity to engage in it, it is all pretty abstract and a bit opaque for
me. And the discussion does not seem to be making what is happening any more
concrete for me. Like I said sorry for the naive inquiry.

 

Isa Kocher

 


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Tr : Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-19 Thread louise

Welcome Isa
  
  This is not a dumb question. There is no trademark attached to the Open  
Space. Thanks to Harrison Owen. You may start with reading  Open  Space 
Technology: a User's Guide written by Harrison Owen. Very very  usefull. You 
will also find many usefull tips on   http://openspaceworld.org and 
http://openspaceworld.com  and to  other sites from there.Then you might want 
to try it by   participating in one in your neighbourhood and really get the 
feel.  Check the world map on this site to see if there is someone near you  
who is actually faciliating OS, and have a coffee with her or him.  There are 
training sessions around the world, you may want to register.  Then the best 
way will be to try it out as a facilitator.
  
  If you read french, you might find what is the psychosociology behind  OST on 
my blog http://leadershipcreateur.wordpress.com. Basically to me  it is to 
trust that people get organized and create from chaos, just as  the rest of the 
universe. Our job as a facilitator is to open space  enough so they can do it. 
Being as invisible as possible while totally  present.
  
  Hope this is of some help to you and welcome on board
  
  Louise Brissette
  +1.514.271.0318
  leadershipcreateur.wordpress.com
  Un leadership créateur pour une écologie du travail

  C isa Kocher c...@ttnet.net.tr a écrit :  Date : Tue, 19 Sep 2006 
19:02:48 +0300
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From: OSLIST  [mailto:osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu] On  Behalf Of Tree 
Fitzpatrick
  Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006  5:44 PM
  To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
  Subject: Re: opening space with  very small groups

 
 “I have opened space  for a small board retreat “
 
 
 
 
] 
 
I am sure this is a really dumb question  but I have been reading these 
posts here for several days and the literature on  the web site.
 
I was referred to this by a discussion at  Couch Surfing, one of whose 
founders wants to make open space an integral part  of Couch Surfing.
 
Is Open Space exclusively a proprietary  software or is there a methodology 
one can study by old fashioned reading? What  is the psychosociology or 
whatever or small group methods or whatever behind  it?
 
 
Thanks. Thank you for the ongoing  discussion.
 
 
I real do appreciate the idea of Open  Space, but without having an actual 
opportunity to engage in it, it is all  pretty abstract and a bit opaque for 
me. And the discussion does not seem to be  making what is happening any more 
concrete for me. Like I said sorry for the  naive inquiry.
 
Isa Kocher
 

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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-19 Thread Harrison Owen
Isa - Open Space is free. Always has been. There is lots of material to help
you. For a brief description of how it works (and how to do it) check out
http://www.openspaceworld.com/users_guide.htm  And if you are curious as to
why it works look at http://www.openspaceworld.com/emergent_order.htm 

 

If you want more you might look at my book, Open Space Technology: A User's
Guide (Berrett-Koehler). You can get a copy from www.amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/  Just enter the title or my name. And if all that
doesn't tire you out, I have written 4 more books.

 

Harrison

 

Harrison Owen

7808 River Falls Drive

Potomac, Maryland   20854

Phone 301-365-2093

Skype hhowen

Open Space Training  http://www.openspaceworld.com/ www.openspaceworld.com


Open Space Institute  http://www.openspaceworld.org/
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To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
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Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 5:44 PM
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Subject: Re: opening space with very small groups

 

 I have opened space for a small board retreat 

 

 

 

 

] 

 

I am sure this is a really dumb question but I have been reading these posts
here for several days and the literature on the web site.

 

I was referred to this by a discussion at Couch Surfing, one of whose
founders wants to make open space an integral part of Couch Surfing.

 

Is Open Space exclusively a proprietary software or is there a methodology
one can study by old fashioned reading? What is the psychosociology or
whatever or small group methods or whatever behind it?

 

 

Thanks. Thank you for the ongoing discussion.

 

 

I real do appreciate the idea of Open Space, but without having an actual
opportunity to engage in it, it is all pretty abstract and a bit opaque for
me. And the discussion does not seem to be making what is happening any more
concrete for me. Like I said sorry for the naive inquiry.

 

Isa Kocher

 

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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-19 Thread Communications Esther Matte

Merci Catherine!

I think Bienne is in the French part of Switzerland, but I'm not sure so 
I'll write this thank you in English. Thanks for Ms. Gerber's coordinates. 
I'll wait for answers a while and see after if I need to get in touch with 
her.


I lived in southern Germany for a few years and skiied and trekked quite a 
bit in Switzerland. I have wonderful memories of your beautiful country.


Thank you and take care!

At 09:05 2006-09-19, you wrote:

hello, Esther,
i did not open space my self, with such a small group. However, i intended
one last year. We were 6 people.It was in a seminar of for those, who wanted
to animate OS within the genuine contact program.

the OS was facilitate by Marainne Gerber (son...@bluewin.ch). According to
me it worked well. We worked in a large room, so people courl walk from one
groupe to another. However the law of the two feet was not much used.Maybe
we where to shy to move in such a small group. Marianne has done from the
afternoon to the next day morning. the convergence took place on the
morning. And she did not walk inside the circle usual.

I found it pleasant as a participant and i'm sure its possible. finally i
end up in the cafeteria with a colleague. Like in OS with a large group.If
you don't get other ideas, i suggest you contact her.

Good luck

Catherine Corbaz
Ch.des Roseaux 20
CH-2503 Bienne
Switzerland
+41 32 323 38 43



- Original Message -
From: Communications Esther Matte ema...@excellence.ca
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 2:29 PM
Subject: opening space with very small groups


 Hello everyone!

 First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the
 OSList.  I'm new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my
 first big circle as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks to
 you all.

 I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­
 which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my
 experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and co-facilitated
 one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it works with as few
 as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several rounds of
discussions?
 In separate rooms? Do people actually work by themselves and team up? Can
 you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X
 40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 30-minutes, action planning and
 closing).

 I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first
 possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the other.
 Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much
appreciated.

 Thank you very much in advance for your time!

 Esther Matte
 Communications Esther Matte
 1011, Marie-Victorin
 Verchères (Québec) J0L 2R0
 www.excellence.ca

 L'art de dire

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Re: opening space with very small groups

2006-09-19 Thread Diane Gibeault
Bonjour Esther,

When I opened space for a group of 7 and groups of 10 or so, I did
everything the same as usual. With the group of 7, people said, why don't
we all stick together? Their reason was we are such a small group and
not, we really all want to talk about all of the topics.

So I gently encouraged them to try the OS approach at least for the first
round, i.e. making choices, being a bumble bee if needed or using their two
feet. They did try all of the above and never looked back. They just
followed their energy from that point on and completely forgot about the
other structured approach they proposed. Even with such a small group, you
could feel the energy in the room.

At the end, they were amazed at what they had experienced and discovered.
They had gone deeper in conversations and in developing inter-personal
relations, which was a central objective for the event.

So many stories to tell about this simple but magical process.

Bonnes chances Esther,

Diane

Diane Gibeault CPF / FPA
Diane Gibeault  Associé.es-Associates
Ottawa, ON, Canada  (613) 744-2638
www.dianegibeault.com diane.gibea...@roger.com
Facilitation and Training in Support of Transformation
Facilitation et formation en appui à la transformation


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Communications Esther Matte
Sent: September 19, 2006 8:29 AM
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Subject: opening space with very small groups


Hello everyone!

First, let me say thank you for the wonderful learning I found in the
OSList.  I’m new to Open Space, and even though I have yet to make my
“first big circle” as Ted put it recently, I feel more confident thanks to
you all.

I may have two possible projects with very small groups (5-7 people) ­
which is what worries me.  I have participated to one OST in my
experiential training with Diane Gibeault (fantastic!), and co-facilitated
one with 45 people. But I simply cannot visualize how it works with as few
as 5 people. How do you do this? Do you have several rounds of discussions?
In separate rooms? Do people actually work by themselves and team up? Can
you do it in approximately 3 hours ? (Maybe 20-30 minutes opening, 2 X
40-minutes rounds of discussion or 3 X 30-minutes, action planning and
closing).

I'm sure some of you have done this. I'll be meeting with the first
possible group next week, and nothing is set in stone yet for the other.
Any comments, suggestions, ideas or warnings will be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance for your time!

Esther Matte
Communications Esther Matte
1011, Marie-Victorin
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