Re: silence is golden

2006-10-10 Thread JL Walker B.
silence is goldenHello Kerry!!

I also want to thank you for sharing your description of OST. Much of your
concepts inspired me and I have adapted them for using it here at Chile in
the presentation of OST to the public administration. I will tell you how it
goes and runs.

With gratitude,
Juan Luis
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Whitney Sanchez
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  Asunto: Re: silence is golden


  Hi Kerry,

  Thank you for sharing your description of OST.  I especially appreciate
your emphasis in the last paragraph on participatory democracy.  Lovely.

  Warm greetings from sunny Phoenix,

  Christine

  Christine Whitney Sanchez
  KAIROS Alliance Inc.
  2717 E. Mountain Sky Avenue
  Phoenix, AZ  85048
  480.759.0262
  www.kairosalliance.com





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napuk
  Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 12:47 AM
  To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
  Subject: silence is golden


  Hi


  Thanks Juan Luis for breaking the silence, due, no doubt, to the
occasional technical wobble that sometimes affects our LISTSERVE, which,
otherwise, is so ably served by BOISE STATE.


  As we were preparing another tender for the Scottish government, I would
like to share the portion that describes Open Space as a methodology:


  Open Space is a large group process devised in 1985 by Harrison Owen and
currently used in 122 countries.  It is a bottom-up process during which
participants organize their own agenda around issues of concern to them.
Other people volunteer to work in breakout groups on the issues raised.
Actions from each group are presented to everyone who then vote on
priorities, creating an agreed list of priority actions deemed important on
the day.


  Open Space provides easy access and total involvement of all participants
who are invited to work on the sponsor's theme.  During the process,
participants share experience, hear different views and, most importantly,
learn quickly from each other.   The process is driven by passion (care
about an issue) and responsibility (do something about it).


  Open Space conferences look markedly different from conventional
workshops.  There are no experts making presentations, no power point, no
top table and no prearranged workshops.  Nobody knows what issues will be
raised or actions proposed until they happen in real time during Open Space,
except they all would be within the framework of the sponsor's theme, which
is included in the invitation for every event.

  As participants create their own agenda and vote in real time within an
open and transparent marketplace, the process generates commitment and
ownership of outcomes.  It also provides an opportunity for participants to
learn from the direct experiences of others in a supportive and positive
context, demonstrating participatory democracy and good citizenship by
treating everyone as equals, valuing all contributions and providing equal
access to raise and discuss issues and vote on priorities.  In other words,
the process itself is an exercise in citizenship and participatory
democracy.   Open Space, therefore, has demonstrated the ability to
inculcate democratic values.


  Kind regards


  Kerry
  Edinburgh
  www.openfutures.com
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Re: silence is golden

2006-10-07 Thread Christine Whitney Sanchez
Hi Kerry,
 
Thank you for sharing your description of OST.  I especially appreciate your
emphasis in the last paragraph on participatory democracy.  Lovely.
 
Warm greetings from sunny Phoenix,
 
Christine
 
Christine Whitney Sanchez
KAIROS Alliance Inc.
2717 E. Mountain Sky Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85048
480.759.0262
www.kairosalliance.com http://www.kairosalliance.com/ 
 

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From: OSLIST [mailto:osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu] On Behalf Of kerry
napuk
Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 12:47 AM
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Subject: silence is golden


Hi

Thanks Juan Luis for breaking the silence, due, no doubt, to the occasional
technical wobble that sometimes affects our LISTSERVE, which, otherwise, is
so ably served by BOISE STATE.

As we were preparing another tender for the Scottish government, I would
like to share the portion that describes Open Space as a methodology:

Open Space is a large group process devised in 1985 by Harrison Owen and
currently used in 122 countries.  It is a bottom-up process during which
participants organize their own agenda around issues of concern to them.
Other people volunteer to work in breakout groups on the issues raised.
Actions from each group are presented to everyone who then vote on
priorities, creating an agreed list of priority actions deemed important on
the day. 


Open Space provides easy access and total involvement of all participants
who are invited to work on the sponsor's theme.  During the process,
participants share experience, hear different views and, most importantly,
learn quickly from each other.   The process is driven by passion (care
about an issue) and responsibility (do something about it).


Open Space conferences look markedly different from conventional workshops.
There are no experts making presentations, no power point, no top table and
no prearranged workshops.  Nobody knows what issues will be raised or
actions proposed until they happen in real time during Open Space, except
they all would be within the framework of the sponsor's theme, which is
included in the invitation for every event. 
 
As participants create their own agenda and vote in real time within an open
and transparent marketplace, the process generates commitment and ownership
of outcomes.  It also provides an opportunity for participants to learn from
the direct experiences of others in a supportive and positive context,
demonstrating participatory democracy and good citizenship by treating
everyone as equals, valuing all contributions and providing equal access to
raise and discuss issues and vote on priorities.  In other words, the
process itself is an exercise in citizenship and participatory democracy.
Open Space, therefore, has demonstrated the ability to inculcate democratic
values.


Kind regards


Kerry
Edinburgh
www.openfutures.com
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silence is golden

2006-09-11 Thread kerry napuk

Hi

Thanks Juan Luis for breaking the silence, due, no doubt, to the 
occasional technical wobble that sometimes affects our LISTSERVE, 
which, otherwise, is so ably served by BOISE STATE.


As we were preparing another tender for the Scottish government, I 
would like to share the portion that describes Open Space as a 
methodology:


Open Space is a large group process devised in 1985 by Harrison Owen 
and currently used in 122 countries.  It is a bottom-up process 
during which participants organize their own agenda around issues of 
concern to them.   Other people volunteer to work in breakout groups 
on the issues raised.   Actions from each group are presented to 
everyone who then vote on priorities, creating an agreed list of 
priority actions deemed important on the day. 

Open Space provides easy access and total involvement of all 
participants who are invited to work on the sponsor's theme.  During 
the process, participants share experience, hear different views and, 
most importantly, learn quickly from each other.   The process is 
driven by passion (care about an issue) and responsibility (do 
something about it).


Open Space conferences look markedly different from conventional 
workshops.  There are no experts making presentations, no power 
point, no top table and no prearranged workshops.  Nobody knows what 
issues will be raised or actions proposed until they happen in real 
time during Open Space, except they all would be within the framework 
of the sponsor's theme, which is included in the invitation for every 
event. 

As participants create their own agenda and vote in real time within 
an open and transparent marketplace, the process generates commitment 
and ownership of outcomes.  It also provides an opportunity for 
participants to learn from the direct experiences of others in a 
supportive and positive context, demonstrating participatory 
democracy and good citizenship by treating everyone as equals, 
valuing all contributions and providing equal access to raise and 
discuss issues and vote on priorities.  In other words, the process 
itself is an exercise in citizenship and participatory democracy. 
Open Space, therefore, has demonstrated the ability to inculcate 
democratic values.


Kind regards

Kerry
Edinburgh
www.openfutures.com

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Re: silence is golden

2006-09-11 Thread Funda Oral
silence is goldenvery good description, thanks for sharing
funda
  - Original Message - 
  From: kerry napuk 
  To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu 
  Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 10:47 AM
  Subject: silence is golden


  Hi


  Thanks Juan Luis for breaking the silence, due, no doubt, to the occasional 
technical wobble that sometimes affects our LISTSERVE, which, otherwise, is so 
ably served by BOISE STATE.


  As we were preparing another tender for the Scottish government, I would like 
to share the portion that describes Open Space as a methodology:


  Open Space is a large group process devised in 1985 by Harrison Owen and 
currently used in 122 countries.  It is a bottom-up process during which 
participants organize their own agenda around issues of concern to them.   
Other people volunteer to work in breakout groups on the issues raised.   
Actions from each group are presented to everyone who then vote on priorities, 
creating an agreed list of priority actions deemed important on the day. 


  Open Space provides easy access and total involvement of all participants who 
are invited to work on the sponsor's theme.  During the process, participants 
share experience, hear different views and, most importantly, learn quickly 
from each other.   The process is driven by passion (care about an issue) and 
responsibility (do something about it).


  Open Space conferences look markedly different from conventional workshops.  
There are no experts making presentations, no power point, no top table and no 
prearranged workshops.  Nobody knows what issues will be raised or actions 
proposed until they happen in real time during Open Space, except they all 
would be within the framework of the sponsor's theme, which is included in the 
invitation for every event. 

  As participants create their own agenda and vote in real time within an open 
and transparent marketplace, the process generates commitment and ownership of 
outcomes.  It also provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the 
direct experiences of others in a supportive and positive context, 
demonstrating participatory democracy and good citizenship by treating everyone 
as equals, valuing all contributions and providing equal access to raise and 
discuss issues and vote on priorities.  In other words, the process itself is 
an exercise in citizenship and participatory democracy.   Open Space, 
therefore, has demonstrated the ability to inculcate democratic values.


  Kind regards


  Kerry
  Edinburgh
  www.openfutures.com
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Re: Silence is golden

2003-04-29 Thread Joelle Lyons Everett
In a message dated 4/28/03 4:31:23 AM, juliade...@aol.com writes:

 I think it's a perception that this sort of stuff doesn't belong in this
context. But my limited experience has shown me that this stuff is exactly
what sparks creativity, builds bridges and turns things around.
 

I remember, years ago, leading a workshop on communication skills and
creative problem solving for an electric utility.  At the end of an exercise
on talking about feelings, the engineering manager said emphatically that he
did not see any need for speaking of his feelings at work.

The next day, the group was working to resolve a conflict about the use of
company vehicles outside of working hours, and they were not making much
progress.  Then one of the linemen stood and said, I go to work every day
scared, because I know that if something goes wrong at the top of a pole, I
could die.  I don't have a problem with the managers driving their company
cars home--if I am in trouble, I want to know the manager can call someone
right away and get help.

The engineering manager said, If someone is in trouble, I want to
immediately call an ambulance, an emergency crew, and call Bonneville Power
and have them cut out the power to the county.

The lineman said, Would you really cut off power to the whole county?

The manager replied. Absolutely.  Until I know just what the problem is, and
where, I want the power off.  Someone's life is way more important than
keeping the lights on.

And at this point, it became very simple to find a solution to the supposed
conflict.

Joelle

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Re: Silence is golden

2003-04-28 Thread Robert . Chaffe
In both North and South hemispheres the world is transforming into green
one from the dark of winter the other the parched glare of summer.  It is
at this time the sap flows in all parts of nature.  We become very busy.
At this time the quite confidence that the list exists, that the spirit
from Marysville is present in my life and that there will be time to share
is all part of this SILENCE.

Out in the world there is a noise that cannot be changed by more noise.  In
my childhood the phrase silence is golden was used many times, in fact
too often for a child who just wanted to know.   Perhaps the people in my
childhood should have added take the time to listen and learn.

Currently I have been using Open Space as the base process to debrief
those who involved in the leadership and management of the fire response
last southern summer.  The quote of the sessions so far is You know I
don't go for this touchy feelly stuff but today has been great.  The fire
season will not end in our area until May 1.

Silence - this was the thing that we noticed most as we walked through the
Australian bush on the Monday night of our Marysville gathering.  This was
the time to listen and learn for it foretold of the first Total Fire Ban
day next day and a summer of fires we could not have even began to imagine
in November.  The hushed conversations of our group as we returned to our
conference on that night showed that we had been touched by the silence.

May those who persist in making noise stop!  So the we can listen and when
we speak we can be heard.

Silence is golden.  So too is the quite voice that speaks to question,
share and encourage.

regards
Rob

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Silence is golden

2003-04-28 Thread Douglas D. Germann, Sr.
Rob--

Thank you for your golden post. It is lovely.

May I break the spell to ask a question for everybody on the oslist?

You reported one participant said:
  You know I don't go for this touchy feelly stuff but today has been
  great.

Just what do people (apparently the world over) see in OST that they
interpret as touchy-feely?

Just what does this phrase mean? And why does it have a negative
connotation?

The more I think about this, the more puzzled I become. Perhaps someone can
help

  :-Doug. Germann

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Re: Silence is golden

2003-04-28 Thread Joelle Lyons Everett
Thanks, Rob, for your eloquent words.  We are blessed to live where we have
silence quite often--the sounds around us are the sounds of birdsong, the
tapping of a woodpecker, a squirrel scolding.  And it does give us the space
to ponder what we have heard and read.

What I noticed in Australia was the numbers and wide variety of birds--it
seemed that everywhere we were awakened by birds of some kind.

I hope that the wildlife was not totally wiped out by your harsh season of
bush fires.  And we join you in rejoicing that the fire season is almost at
an end.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful part of the world with those of us who were
fortunate to be in Marysville!

Joelle Everett

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Re: Silence is golden

2003-04-28 Thread Joelle Lyons Everett
In a message dated 4/27/03 8:55:45 PM, 76066@compuserve.com writes:

 Just what do people (apparently the world over) see in OST that they

interpret as touchy-feely?

 

My guess is sitting in a circle without desks or tables, changes from the
usual meeting structure, different rules, the freedom to choose.  These are a
change from what is usually expected--I think touchy-feely has gotten to be
a generic term for activities that are not what people expect, and that seem
more free-wheeling.

Years ago, a colleague told me about conducting meetings with technical
people, in a circle, without tables, and watching the engineers trying to
cover their balls.

Open Space does take people out of their normal roles, invites them to come
out from behind their masks.  For some this is welcome, for others it is
threatening.  And we try to control our experience by putting labels on it.

I think many people enjoy Open Space more than they are ready to admit--and
some, as in Rob's story, are happy to admit it!

Joelle

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Re: Silence is golden

2003-04-28 Thread Linda E. Laddin
About the Touchy-Feely Stuff
I sometimes hear this phrase when starting a coaching engagement with
someone who is unaccustomed to disclosing his/her thoughts and feelings.
Although everything we do and say involves our emotions, some people
seem to believe that they are all intellect and don't have to talk or
think about their emotions.  They have become uncomfortable with their
own feelings and certainly don't want to deal with anyone else's!  Open
Space can create feelings of vulnerability (unfamiliar structure, no
tables, openness, etc.) that often get labeled as 'touchy-feely' by
people new to the experience.  It's good for them but they may not know
why!
Long live Touchy-Feely!

Linda

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From: OSLIST [mailto:osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu] On Behalf Of
Douglas D. Germann, Sr.
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 11:48 AM
To: osl...@listserv.boisestate.edu
Subject: Silence is golden

Rob--

Thank you for your golden post. It is lovely.

May I break the spell to ask a question for everybody on the oslist?

You reported one participant said:
  You know I don't go for this touchy feelly stuff but today has been
  great.

Just what do people (apparently the world over) see in OST that they
interpret as touchy-feely?

Just what does this phrase mean? And why does it have a negative
connotation?

The more I think about this, the more puzzled I become. Perhaps someone
can
help

  :-Doug. Germann

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Re: Silence is golden

2003-04-28 Thread florian fischer
Douglas D. Germann, Sr. schrieb:

 ... a question for everybody on the oslist?

 You reported one participant said:
   You know I don't go for this touchy feelly stuff but today has been
   great.

 ...what does this phrase mean? .

something like that happend as well at the end of my recent experience in
andalucia/spain. I closed the space in that manner which chris corrigan (?)
once supposed: the circled participants standig up, looking to each and every
other
than turning to the outside, feeling the new experience in the back, being
relatet
and empowered with that energy for to go everyone on its own way, following
and practicing the rule of two feet..
when I stopped my few words about that a women said into the silence »Amen«.
which allowed to all of them to go into  (e)motion with a comon laughter.

florian

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Re: Silence is golden

2003-04-28 Thread Julie Denny
More on touchy feely...

Ringing a bell, instead of tapping a microphone, clapping hands, or even
speaking very loudly to start.
Use of unfamiliar (at least in this context) language open the space,
marketplace, close the space breaking news, etc.
Circle of peers for the day, despite rank

It's a kind of re-arranging of the norm, which makes people nervous.

And of course there is a spiritual side to all of this. And in Corporate
America I can tell you there's not a lot of room for (at least) acknowledging
that side of ourselves.

I think it's a perception that this sort of stuff doesn't belong in this
context. But my limited experience has shown me that this stuff is exactly
what sparks creativity, builds bridges and turns things around.

(I'm reminded of a workshop I did years ago, Using the Actors' Tools for
Effective Mediation. I talked about seeing, hearing and touching. When we
got to the touching part, the mediators in the room protested loudly that
they would NEVER touch a client. By the time we got through the workshop they
all agreed that they shook hands, patted people on the back, took an elbow to
indicate that their clients should proceed them out the door, etc. But that
initial reaction...I would NEVER...has stayed with me a long time!

Here's to touching and feeling.

Julie

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