.future 8 billion peoples want to value now2020 top alumni group Fazle Abed- search your top WRJ if not found rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk
explore the scenario at www.futureoflife.org that 2020s tech will exponentially multiply one of two opposite consuences- life thrives everywhere, life self-destructs - search for most humanl deep triads of ai labs eg mit-stanford-estonia
who are top job creating economists by practice - health -refugee sports green hong kong..where are top tour guides around billionaire 1 2 around poverty,,, we the peoples ...
If many people are meeting each other for the first time- including a new class at school - we recommend spending the first 3 minutes: ask people to stand up in groups of three- each person spends 60 seconds on the greatest life changing moment in her life to date and what she did differently because of it. Q&A- 1) why's this smart way spending 3 minutes introducing people? 2) how to action debrief everyone? 3) what other tools exist for innovating simultaneous communications among masses of people? 4) Does our species future generation depend on experiencing such culturally simple and trustworthy ways to spend time communicating? Lets consider 4 firstALUMNI OF WORLDCLASSBRANDS: In 1980 we started a True Media debate at The Economist "Year of Brand" on why human sustainability would depend on intangibles valuation and globalisation designing greatest brand leaders aligned to goals of sustaining generations -evidence had been collected with MIT's first database software of society's needs in 50 nations and thousands of markets
as our 2025 Report (first translated 1984) showed the transition from pure knowledge www to commerce would be crucial- all the dismal errors that had been made with mass media tv might have one last chance of correction-we invite you to check out how well did the world's biggest new market makers eg bezos and ma understand this tipping point - twitter version of 2025 report related ref-download 10 minute audio invitation to make 2020s most loving decade ever from family foundation Norman Macrae- The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant you can select contents for hosting debates on entrepreneurial revolution, youth friendships across borders or download the whole of the 2025 report here
Breaking news- 2 most valuable higher education searches- 1) what are www youth ambassadors for sdgs? what is AI for valuetrue market purpose?how'd you like to search WRJ blog by value chains eg vc1 money vc2 AI & human tech vc3 health vc4 arts and communities happy stuff including olympics vc5 girls safety vc6 education for livelihoods vc7 food as nutrition security & diversity vc8 infrastructure for win-win trade maps vc9 true media
breaking the last empire : americans need to vote now are they separate and superior speciesn OR are they like the rest of the 8 billion of us? new summer 2019 : drucker ::::60 years ago dad, norman macrae, started the first of 100 conversations on AI (Artificial Intelligence), He had just surveyed how Japan was rising (lifting potentially Asians everywhere out of colonial era poverty) round brilliant engineers (bullet trains, container superports , microelectronics, the most reliable engines in the world) - from tokyo he brought back a pocket calculator- what would schools and the world be like if everyone had one of these?

Within a few years the world was debating if tech helps man reach the moon is there any mission impossible on earth.
5G 2020s (4 3 2) 1 G 1970s
And Gordon Moore of Intel had just written a paper promising that microelectronic engineers would improve tech 100 fold every G decade to 2020s -that's a trillion fold more powerful microchips in 2030 than man raced to the moon with. So who's knowledge should teachers and everyone linkin to now if millennials are to be the first sustainability generations and THE UN 17 sdgs are to be celebrated as possible wherever the next girl is born. We welcome your nominations: here are a few examples back from the future of 2030 followed by an approximate chronological order. If in doubt as to whether we know your favorite WRJC please search this blog and mail us chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk if we have left someone out

Friday, December 31, 1999

harrison owen open space tech

Have you ever discovered how to do something - and wished you'd known about it before? We hope so- that's why psychologists say learning is an even more important motivation than sex to joyful adult people. Consider this recommendation for spending 3 minutes of your time
3 MINUTE EXERCISE If many people are meeting each other for the first time- including a new class at school - we recommend spending the first 3 minutes: ask people to stand up in groups of three- each person spends 60 seconds on the greatest life changing moment in her life to date and what she started doing differently because of it.

Q&A- 1) why's this smart way spending 3 minutes introducing people? 2) how to action debrief everyone after first 3 minutes? 3) what other tools exist for innovating simultaneous communications-doing among masses of people? 4) Does our species' future generation depend on experiencing such culturally simple and trustworthy ways to spend time communicating? 

Let's discuss q4 first:
You may have heard that in 2015 all our national leaders at the United Nations listed 17 SDG:  Sustainability Development Goals- challenges to organise our lives at work and play around if we want out children to have a future.

(By the way most peoples' minds cant organise round doing 17 tasks at the same time - so if there was one goal that connected all the others of being human: -

true or false- the world you and I and every human being can most celebrate is one where each next girl or boy born has a good chance at living a happy free and productive life. (This is sometimes called goal 1 end poverty -it is linked to other basic goals 2 end people dying of hunger, 3 end people dying of any disease parents/communities could prevent or cure if education networks has shared information openly ...) See future shocking footnote for more

If every time you met a large group of strangers, the first 3 minutes was spent on the above exercise then you would get an idea of the community you were about to spend more time with as well as some particular people you most wanted to "friend" ie network with further, or the opposite! Of course there are times - eg when you are a child - that you may not be free to exercise this freedom of speech/action. Elders (eg parents) may have chosen this for you. Assuming you are connected to elders who love you, then their values should be your safety, physical and mental health and whats smart for your being to find your place in the world. Places and nations depend on getting this right as the sustainability goals themselves offer living testimony to. Healthy youthful societies generate economic growth not vice versa. If professions including judges do not agree this as their hippocratic hypothesis for being , then darkness descends, light may not return.

Its a measure that something has gone wrong with places; media and measurements if young people are voicing concerns - eg greta on climate - and old people are not showing they are listening by changing how everyone spends their time - especially teachers and students and your home community spends your time tomorrow and tomorrow as the Bard memorilaised

We are not saying all of this is easy. Nor are other things we spend the first 11,14 or 18 years of life on depending how long your place designs schools around. But tools like the 3 minute exercise help experiencing what matters to people through life. How does one search for networks who link into methods like these. We recommend starting with (alumni of ) Harrison Owen. If you have a different favorite starTing point the world Of teachers and students could celebrate knowing of - please share - chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

Shocking Footnote
Something accidentally weird happened when man started to develop machine engineering in 1760 - Glasgow University James Watt. At that time and for the next 100 years England representing less than half a per cent of peoples on earth was the most superpowerful hub of trade and knowhow in the world. Their higher education colleges, oxbridge, were extremely influential. They determined what children who spoke the english language spent their time being examined on. For some reason -SEE THIS REFERENCE from diary of World Record Job Creator Adam Smith - the empire's higher education system did not make goal 1 ending poverty its overarching "values" purpose. In fact, we are not sure that a university system began to be designed around Goal 1's purpose until 2001 when Fazle Abed decided that 30 years of empowering the worlds poorest women to end poverty was a worthy alumni network for a humanly innovative 21st c university

world record jobs creators before 1946

Mahatma Gandhi


mandela and gandhi figure among 20th c greatest elders
198-195 saw end of mandela's 27 years in south african prison, end of apartheid, and election of mandela as president

both gandhi and mandela had been barristers in south africa

mandel lent hos name to the extranet of maharishi college- the enarkly free university floudned by taddy blecher which has trained over 15000 under privileged youth to positions of leadership in buisienss, public setvice or community entrepreneurship including coding - succesful graduate could pay back later

originally called cida cotlege, taddy found that may girls and boys were coming to the colege with more "abused" projiles that GIs retirning from war- maharioshi as meditation technique that helps you find your inner self (and confidence) restored most youth to normal minds and cultivated treemdous respect

richard bransons own search folr a social apprentice discovered the founder of spanx - her prize to hel set up a fundation - between branon and her they linked in opoerah winfrees school for goirls, cida and brasno went to to help fund the mandela elders

mandela was i the middle of various community recocnicilation processes including Ubuntu that he named

BY and large African youth have not yet deserved transparent governance systems in vast maority of countries; in 2018 renewed hope for chnage came in souyth africa with succession of zuma and various paralell trends eg the replacement of Mugabe in zImbabwe,- hiowever there are tremedous chalenges- some natoons lost almost a generation to aids- ine a couple of africa countries there are more youth under 20 than elders; large interbational extraction ciorpirations still dominate many economies; while there is a lot of talk about improving education, systems are often stick in paper bound curricula and non-progressive teacher unions or departmnents of education- mandeal will always be africa's most famous symbol of hope- there are some outstanding youth technolgist hubs eg in kenya -afruca's nations need to do collabiration maping around shared infrastructure if they are to fiully particiate in 21st C gtrade that values small eneterprise.

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Henry Dunant


Jean Henry Dunant‘s life (May 8, 1828-October 30, 1910) is a study in contrasts. He was born into a wealthy home but died in a hospice; in middle age he juxtaposed great fame with total obscurity, and success in business with bankruptcy; in old age he was virtually exiled from the Genevan society of which he had once been an ornament and died in a lonely room, leaving a bitter testament. His passionate humanitarianism was the one constant in his life, and the Red Cross his living monument.

The Geneva household into which Henry Dunant was born was religious, humanitarian, and civic-minded. In the first part of his life Dunant engaged quite seriously in religious activities and for a while in full-time work as a representative of the Young Men’s Christian Association, traveling in France, Belgium, and Holland.

When he was twenty-six, Dunant entered the business world as a representative of the Compagnie genevoise des Colonies de Sétif in North Africa and Sicily. In 1858 he published his first book, Notice sur la Régence de Tunis [An Account of the Regency in Tunis], made up for the most part of travel observations but containing a remarkable chapter, a long one, which he published separately in 1863, entitled L’Esclavage chez les musulmans et aux états-Unis d’Amérique [Slavery among the Mohammedans and in the United States of America].

Having served his commercial apprenticeship, Dunant devised a daring financial scheme, making himself president of the Financial and Industrial Company of Mons-Gémila Mills in Algeria (eventually capitalized at 100,000,000 francs) to exploit a large tract of land. Needing water rights, he resolved to take his plea directly to Emperor Napoleon III. Undeterred by the fact that Napoleon was in the field directing the French armies who, with the Italians, were striving to drive the Austrians out of Italy, Dunant made his way to Napoleon’s headquarters near the northern Italian town of Solferino. He arrived there in time to witness, and to participate in the aftermath of, one of the bloodiest battles of the nineteenth century. His awareness and conscience honed, he published in 1862 a small book Un Souvenir de Solférino [A Memory of Solferino], destined to make him famous.

A Memory has three themes. The first is that of the battle itself. The second depicts the battlefield after the fighting – its «chaotic disorder, despair unspeakable, and misery of every kind» – and tells the main story of the effort to care for the wounded in the small town of Castiglione. The third theme is a plan. The nations of the world should form relief societies to provide care for the wartime wounded; each society should be sponsored by a governing board composed of the nation’s leading figures, should appeal to everyone to volunteer, should train these volunteers to aid the wounded on the battlefield and to care for them later until they recovered. On February 7, 1863, the Société genevoise d’utilité publique [Geneva Society for Public Welfare] appointed a committee of five, including Dunant, to examine the possibility of putting this plan into action. With its call for an international conference, this committee, in effect, founded the Red Cross. Dunant, pouring his money and time into the cause, traveled over most of Europe obtaining promises from governments to send representatives. The conference, held from October 26 to 29, with thirty-nine delegates from sixteen nations attending, approved some sweeping resolutions and laid the groundwork for a gathering of plenipotentiaries. On August 22, 1864, twelve nations signed an international treaty, commonly known as the Geneva Convention, agreeing to guarantee neutrality to sanitary personnel, to expedite supplies for their use, and to adopt a special identifying emblem – in virtually all instances a red cross on a field of white1.

Dunant had transformed a personal idea into an international treaty. But his work was not finished. He approved the efforts to extend the scope of the Red Cross to cover naval personnel in wartime, and in peacetime to alleviate the hardships caused by natural catastrophes. In 1866 he wrote a brochure called the Universal and International Society for the Revival of the Orient, setting forth a plan to create a neutral colony in Palestine. In 1867 he produced a plan for a publishing venture called an «International and Universal Library» to be composed of the great masterpieces of all time. In 1872 he convened a conference to establish the «Alliance universelle de l’ordre et de la civilisation» which was to consider the need for an international convention on the handling of prisoners of war and for the settling of international disputes by courts of arbitration rather than by war.

The eight years from 1867 to 1875 proved to be a sharp contrast to those of 1859-1867. In 1867 Dunant was bankrupt. The water rights had not been granted, the company had been mismanaged in North Africa, and Dunant himself had been concentrating his attention on humanitarian pursuits, not on business ventures. After the disaster, which involved many of his Geneva friends, Dunant was no longer welcome in Genevan society. Within a few years he was literally living at the level of the beggar. There were times, he says2, when he dined on a crust of bread, blackened his coat with ink, whitened his collar with chalk, slept out of doors.

For the next twenty years, from 1875 to 1895, Dunant disappeared into solitude. After brief stays in various places, he settled down in Heiden, a small Swiss village. Here a village teacher named Wilhelm Sonderegger found him in 1890 and informed the world that Dunant was alive, but the world took little note. Because he was ill, Dunant was moved in 1892 to the hospice at Heiden. And here, in Room 12, he spent the remaining eighteen years of his life. Not, however, as an unknown. After 1895 when he was once more rediscovered, the world heaped prizes and awards upon him.

Despite the prizes and the honors, Dunant did not move from Room 12. Upon his death, there was no funeral ceremony, no mourners, no cortege. In accordance with his wishes he was carried to his grave «like a dog»3.

Dunant had not spent any of the prize monies he had received. He bequeathed some legacies to those who had cared for him in the village hospital, endowed a «free bed» that was to be available to the sick among the poorest people in the village, and left the remainder to philanthropic enterprises in Norway and Switzerland.

Selected Bibliography
Les Débuts de la Croix-Rouge en France. Paris, Librairie Fischbacher, 1918.
Dunant, J. Henri. His manuscripts are held by the Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Genève.
Dunant, J. Henry, A Memory of Solferino. London, Cassell, 1947. A translation from the French of the first edition of Un Souvenir de Solférino, published in 1862. The author published the original as «J. Henry Dunant», although he is usually referred to as «Henri Dunant».
Gagnebin, Bernard, «Le R?le d’Henry Dunant pendant la guerre de 1870 et le siège de Paris», bound separately but originally published in Revue internationale de la Croix-Rouge (avril, 1953).
Gigon, Fernand, The Epic of the Red Cross or the Knight Errant of Charity, translated from the French by Gerald Griffin. London, Jarrolds, 1946.
Gumpert, Martin, Dunant: The Story of the Red Cross. New York, Oxford University Press, 1938.
Hart, Ellen, Man Born to Live: Life and Work of Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross. London, Gollancz, 1953.
Hendtlass, Willy, «Henry Dunant: Leben und Werk», in Solferino, pp. 37-84. Essen Cityban, Schiller, 1959.
Hommage à Henry Dunant. Genève, 1963.
Huber, Max, «Henry Dunant», in Revue internationale de la Croix-Rouge, 484 (avril, 1959) 167-173. A translation of a brief sketch originally published in German in 1928.

1. The emblem in Muslim countries is the red crescent and in Iran is the red lion and sun. (For a brief history of the Red Cross see history of the Red Cross.)

2. «Extraits des mémoires» in Les Débuts de la Croix-Rouge en France, p. 72.

3. Taken from a letter written by Dunant and published by René Sonderegger; quoted by Gigon in The Epic of the Red Cross, p. 147.

From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1901-1925, Editor Frederick W. Haberman, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1972

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Henry Dunant


Jean Henry Dunant

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Jean Henry Dunant
The Nobel Peace Prize 1901

Born: 8 May 1828, Geneva, Switzerland

Died: 30 October 1910, Heiden, Switzerland

Residence at the time of the award: Switzerland

Role: Founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Originator Geneva Convention (Convention de Genève)

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Founder of the Red Cross

In 1859, a battle was raging at the town of Solferino in Northern Italy. There the Swiss businessman Henry Dunant saw thousands of Italian, French and Austrian soldiers killing and maiming each other. On his own initiative, he organized aid work. Later he wrote the book A Memory of Solferino, which contained a plan: all countries should form associations to help the sick and wounded on the battlefield - whichever side they belonged to.

The result was the establishment of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863, and the adoption of the Geneva Convention in the following year. It laid down that all wounded soldiers in a land war should be treated as friends. Medical personnel would be protected by the red cross in a white field.

For Dunant personally, financial difficulties led to poverty and loss of social respect. But the organization he had created grew, and the underlying ideas won gradual acceptance. It pleased the ageing Dunant that the Norwegian Nobel Committee rewarded his life's work with the Nobel Peace Prize.

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my fav 20th c discoverty www.iopenspaceworld.com wherever people want to buiuld positive communities

some listings of where the 300000 open spaces of between 3 and 5000 people can be linkedin

Collected Videos

Thanks to Peggy Holman and Tom Atlee for these videos of and about open space…
Descriptions of Open Space
Depictions of Open Space
For fun: A video about an open space in Beijing, in Chinese
and its use in Haiti
and in Russia
and India

Pictures and Posters

Thanks to Doug Caldwell for the following pictures and posters…

“Circles of Change” Video – en Fran?§ais

John Engle and friends in Haiti have announced a downloadable version of “Circles of Change: a quiet revolution in Haiti” video with French subtitles.

He sez…

It’s 19 minutes long and in very good resolution. It’s a large file (1,100 mb) and will require some time to download even with a high-speed internet connection. We have many DVD’s of English subtitle version and have also distributed in Haiti many of the Haitian-Creole version, which has no subtitles.
We’ve received a number of requests in recent months for this French version and we’re delighted to make it available in downloadable form. Perhaps you know of individuals and/or organizations in French speaking Canada or French speaking African countries who might appreciate viewing this. Please feel free to share the download link with anyone who might be interested.
Let me know if you have problems downloading, have questions, or if you would like to receive a DVD of this version. mailto:john@johnengle.net.

Ideas into Action in Ontario’s Social Housing Sector

Earlier this year, Larry Peterson opened space for 150 on future of the Ontario Social Housing Sector, and shared this report:
We started with 150 from across the province with two days to be together. The planning committee of the sponsor struggled to decide a€“ OST for 1.5 days then convergence or begin convergence on [the morning of] day 2. It was decided to go for 1 Day in OST to explore ideas and 1 day (in effect in OST) to explore action: Ideas to Action was the overall theme Eh? Shifting Gears beyond Survival was the theme in the OS question.
Great self-organizing discussions on Day 1 but the a€?breakthroughsa€ to a new sector paradigm were not there quite yet. The planning group wanted some sector priorities (the sponsor was not the sector, but a key coordination organization in it.) so we did that first thing on day 2, then Opened the Space again for more sector leadership to emerge and take ideas toward action strategies.
In morning news [beginning of Day 2] a brave soul finally stated what was real a€“ the whole had not shifted to a new understanding yet. This was reinforced as we opened the space for action strategies. Not many action strategy sessions emerged, but those who cared were there and were ready to shift. The sessions all went to another level, with some leading the way a€“ even talking about breaking the law to get new directions noticed.
The closing was a mutual love feast a€“ sector leadership from various forms of social housing a€“ co-op, non-profit, municipal, small town, big town now felt they were on the same page, ready to work together on some key change strategies with a sponsor who had decided to provide resources to some of the key efforts.
Great fun to hold such a space.
I’ve used something like this “serial Open Space” a number of times, including one 4-day session on peaceful development in Nepal, where we merged with Appreciative Inquiry practice. The four themes, on four consecutive days, were the 4-Ds of AI: Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver. In every case I can remember, it seems to work as Larry says. The sub-themes suggest a path, invite a direction. They’re never going to fit perfectly into the movement of the group, but then the group takes them by the horns and steers them to what fits. It’s just another dimension of ownership and responsibility and the crafting of the process by and for the people involved.

WOSonOS XVI events underway

While tomorrow is the official start of World Open Space on Open Space XVI, conference events are well underway.
The week started with an extremely well-attended (40+ participants) two day Open Space Technology learning workshop led by Lisa Heft. People from Uganda, Russia, Spain (Basque country), South Korea, the Netherlands, UK, and other countries attended the workshop.
Tuesday evening Harrison Owen presented the third edition (expanded and updated) of Open Space Technology: a User’s Guide. Harrison encouraged the approximately 100 attendees to dive in to the wine and crackers after a short talk about Open Space, self-organization, and his upcoming book, Wave Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self-organizing World. It was a delightful meeting of new and old friends of Open Space.
This evening, Wednesday, was an informal gathering also held at the historic Fort Mason site. This was the traditional pre-conference informal gathering. More wine, a delicious dinner, and extremely rich conversation.
Lisa Heft gives a taste of the whole WOSonOS experience thus far on the OSlist.
More reporting from the conference forthcoming!

Look at OSonOS in Haiti

John Engle sends pictures from the 7th annual OSonOS in Haiti.
There were about 80 participants. Mostly were Haitians coming from towns and villages from around the country, plus eleven from Dominican Republic and several from the US. Great meeting! Lots of synergy as usual and plans for trainings, conferences, exchanges, etc.
Way to go, Haiti!

Grassroots Collaboration, Integral and Open Space

Reporting from inside the EU Commission, Integral Yeshe points to three different grassroots sorts of things happening in open space and makes connections to the Integral story articulated by Ken Wilber and others…
I just found out about Transitions – a grass-roots model adopted to respond to the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change. I am particularly impressed that their website is a wiki. What first caught my attention was the fact that they used Open Space Technology to host their annual conference. Not coincidentally, from the same source, I learned of a gathering of cultural creatives to be held in France, also to be hosted in Open Space format.
Across the Atlantic, the Food and Society movement, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, also held its 2008 conference using Open Space – among other techniques gathered under the banner of the art of hosting meaningful conversations. This was a very big gathering (600+ participants), bringing together people from the whole spectrum of food and society – as the name suggests. Since some of my friends were involved in the design and facilitation of the event, I followed with some interest and was impressed by the depth and breadth of the insights that emerged from the collective alchemy as these participative processes metabolised and presenced the system present in the room.
She goes on to suggest that “These are just three examples of mushrooming grass-roots practices that I read as symptomatic of the integral, peer-to-peer age that is emerging on our planet today.” more

Microsoft in Open Space

Most Valuable Invitation at Microsoft:
Techie is proud to have been invited to this yeara€™s Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2008 at at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
What is the MVP Global Summit?
The MVP Global Summit is a four-day invitation-only event hosted at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With more than 400 sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and Regional Directors (RDs) to:
Connect with other MVPs and RDs
Engage with Microsoft product managers
Provide valuable feedback directly to Microsoft on its products and technologies.
Highlights for 2008 include:
Event closing technical discussion by Ray Ozzie, Microsoft chief software architect
Keynote by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer
Deep technical sessions by competency
Cross-competency electives
Highly dynamic and interactive sessions, designed based on Open Space Technology, where youa€™ll be able to define topics, attend, or even host
Additional activities designed to promote networking and meet attendeesa€™ diverse informational and business needs
UPDATE: Harrison Owen posted this today to the OSLIST… looks like another Microsoft open space:
Seems like the folks at the annual Microsoft Professional Development Conference are intending to open a little space. Definitely cutting edge, innovative a€“ Cheers for Microsoft. For the details. Dona€™t have any idea who is doing it, but I am sure they will have a grand time.
I especially like this bit from a Microsoft blog:
Not only are we doing Open Space at PDC 2008, we want to make sure it is a _real_ Open Space. None of this “Microsoft doesn’t understand, they don’t grok it, they entirely and utterly butchered the whole Open Space concept”.

Extending Practice in Livable Neighborhoods

In her Livable Neighborhoods Project Patricia Mikkelson reports on her open space practice, in neighborhood and child care, informed by unschooling, non-violent communication…
For the past year I have envisioned an intergenerational community gathering which would bring people together in their neighborhood or town to have fun, food, conversations, and networking which would lead to people finding friends with which to collaborate with on the projects they are passionate about which better their community in some way. You can read more and see my slide show here
The first Community Gathering I held back in September was magnificent, and I saw the potential was huge. We had it at a pavilion at a park, and people enjoyed it immensely and lots of great connections were made. But then the weather got cold, and I could not find any indoor locations. This is the hardest thing about having an intergenerational gathering with lots of activities going on at oncea€“finding a place that is inexpensive or free.
Today I got a second chance to coordinate a different kind of community gathering. I was asked to coordinate the child care at the Ozark Natural Foods Co-op Annual Owners Meeting. I had coordinated this 4 times previously, and although every time it was a success, I always felt like there was something missing. This time, I approached the event as if it were a community gatheringa€“and it clicked! The missing ingredient was lots of people of all ages interacting, with everyone having fun. I wanted everyone involved to experience a sense of connection and even familya€“and my experience was that it happened. I brought into it some unschooling principles, non-violent communication and open space technology principles. Herea€™s what happened.

Holy Grail of Open Space Discovered in Romania

Open Space Romania was a pleasant surprise today. There is a record (in english) of open space events in Romania and a photo-album. Thanks to Janina-Diana Pasaniuc in Oradea, Transilvania, Romania, for pointing to the (new?) site and for her discovery of the Holy Grail of Open Space.

I Came, I Saw, I Can Do For Myself

One of the best things about operating in Open Space is the transparency of the whole process, which supports immediate repetition and replication, as PhatBoyG reports…
After a great weekend in Seattle for the ALT.NET Open Spaces event, the two coworkers and I discussed how we could bring the experience of Open Spaces back to the team in Tulsa. We decided that instead of just giving a few talks about some of the things we took away from Seattle, we would bring the experience itself to the team.
At the end of our team meeting on Monday, we laid out some paper and pens and asked members of the team to write up topics that they wanted to discuss. It started a bit slow, but within minutes we had eighteen topics on the wall. The variety of topics was excellent, most of which targeted a different subset of the team. It was great to see the team come up with such a nice list of things for the team to discuss. more…
After 20+ years of experimenting in Open Space, we *know* we can produce great meetings, but this potential for the *practice* to spread like this is what keeps OST and a lot of us practitioners going.

A True Butterfly

Esther Matte reports a recent Butterfly sighting:
In a recent OS event, I noted one person stayed back when everyone went to the Market Place wall. This person was just sitting on her chair, playing with the papers in her participanta€™s kit. Eventually, she got up and moved around. But she didna€™t participate to any discussion, even though people invited her to join them.
At the time, I thought she was uncomfortable in this space, that it was simply too open for her to work in. I often saw her reading reports coming up on the Breaking News Wall. In the closing circle, to my surprise, her comment was something like: a€?I had a great day. Lots of participation, lots of open and frank discussions. Thank you everyone!a€
I guess we should never assume anything! Taking care of herself, this person stayed close without joining discussions. She found her space and connected in her own way. She was a true butterfly.
In Open Space, The Law of Two Feet says that only you know when you are learning and contributing as much as you can. So you are in charge of that. Use your two feet, or whatever else you normally use to get around, to go wherever you need to go, move to any conversation or space where you can maximize your learning and contribution. When the rule is applied in practice, performance is maximized by two sorts of characters: Bumblebees buzz from group to group, carrying energy and information, cross-pollinating. Butterflies float around, and may not join any group, but their flitting and fluttering directly supports a state of openness and flow.

Open Space in Korea

Stanley Park announces the new Korean Open Space website and adds:
For many of you who find Hangeul (Korean language) rather uncomfortable, please just enjoy viewing two videos of OS events here and here. When the site becomes fully in operation, it will have a section in upper right that serve our friends whose language is not Korean.
I can’t read Korean, but it sure looks like Open Space to me!

Lernforum Gro??gruppenarbeit 27./28. Januar 2008 Oberursel

Das Lernforum ist unter Gro??gruppen – Facilitators l?¤ngst kein Geheimtipp mehr.
Wie jedes Jahr lud all-in-one- spirit zum Netzwerktreffen ein – und es kamen 160 externe und interne Berater. Seit seinem Bestehen steht dieses Treffen unter dem Motto “come from abundance”.
Als langj?¤hriger Visueller Begleiter dieses Forums war es diesmal f?¼r mich ein besonders tiefes emotionales Erlebnis. Es war ein Genu??, mit welcher Heiterkeit und Klarheit Dr. Matthias zur Bonsen den Open Space anleitete.

Training Executive Exchange: An Interview with Harrison Owen

Do you long for wide open spaces? Want to get some real work done?
Forget meetings. Throw out the agendas prepared in lengthy meetings that are never followed. Scrap the PowerPoints and flowcharts and make your next meeting an “un-meeting” with open space technology.
That’s the advice of Harrison Owen, the originator of “open space technology” and the author of Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 3rd Edition, Spring 2008).
Owen, along with 85 other “brave” souls, originated the open space concept back in 1985 at the Third Annual International Symposium on Organization Transformation, held in Monterey, Calif. When participants arrived at the event, the only things they knew were when it would start, when it would end and what the general theme of the conference might be. There was no agenda and no planning committee, and the only facilitator in evidence disappeared after several hours.
The 85 participants sat in a circle. As each person determined that he had some area of exploration he would like to pursue, he wrote a brief description on a small placard, announced his topic to the group, posted the placard on the wall and sat down. When no further topics were posted, the original proposers determined the time and place for meeting, and anybody interested in a particular topic signed up. That was it. Two-and-a-half hours later, an agenda for a three-day event had been completely planned, including multiple workshops — all with conveners, times, places and participants.
The result? Excellence, profound accomplishment, and breakthrough learning, according to Owen and thousands of others, who have been facilitating open space gatherings at conferences and within organizations for 23 years. To date, Open Space has been used in excess of 100,000 times in 134 countries.
The actual process has changed little, if at all, over the years. However the necessary “start-up” time has fallen to somewhere between and hour and an hour and a half, even with groups of 2000 and more.
Training Executive Exchange recently spoke to him about how open space can be put to work by trainers and managers within their own organizations – either as an alternative to meetings or as an alternative to training itself… Read More (from the OSLIST)

Parishes losing priests and then what?

Fr. Brian Bainbridge sends this from Melbourne, Australia:
Some 7 parish reps (16 persons) in Open Space Sessions, Looking together (a major miracle, perhaps) at what to do LOCALLY about adjusting to the imminent reduction in numbers of priests available in their zone/region. Some came to fight/defend against the future (inevitable) changes. Others with different agenda. By the end of the day a€“ another major miracle a€“ all seemed together about options to address this eventuality.
Next Meeting a€“ a€?Action Planninga€ to decide steps forward and plot the taking of those steps.There have been a series of such attempts, but never using Open Space. Ita€™s a wonderfully potent situation and may just change the nature of the Church in Australia. Stand by for the next extraordinarily exciting development.
Questions about Open Space in Churches or Australia? Email Brian

French Executives Talk About Open Space

This is to let you know that 5 french executives will exchange on their OS practices in Paris on April 3rd. If you happen to be in Paris then you are invited and welcome. You will find hereunder the details of the event and how to confirm your participation. Contact Philippe SLIOUSSARENKO for complete details.
MHG Europe a le plaisir de vous inviter ?  la r?©union sur le th?¨me :
Une d?©marche de conduite de r?©union en petit ou grand groupe ou une nouvelle fa?§on de s’organiser et de penser ?
Avec la participation de dirigeants ayant pratiqu?© l’Open Space :
?§ M. Sylvain AUGERE, Directeur de l’Animation des R?©seaux de Formation, UIMM
?§ M. Emmanuel CAUX, Directeur G?©n?©ral R?©gion France Nord, STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS
?§ M. Herv?© MARTIN, Directeur G?©n?©ral, SENSITIVE OBJECT
?§ M. Emmanuel MASSY, Directeur March?© Gares, GROUPE ELIOR
Nous poursuivrons ensuite nos ?©changes autour d’un cocktail d?®natoire. Dans l’attente de vous recevoir, je vous adresse mes plus sinc?¨res
salutations. — Philippe SLIOUSSARENKO

Opening in Tehran: The Future of Radio in Iran

Singapore-based Prabu Naidu shared this recently after Opening Space in Tehran:
On 4th February 2008 some forty producers and managers from the radio division of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) converged in one of the studios that was the venue of an Open Space Technology (OST) session to discuss on the theme “Radio Management in Iran”.
The participants who came to the session – based on open invitations announced on banners throughout the studios – had a desire to contribute to the future of Radio in Iran, they came, enjoyed the collegial networking and contributed ideas and thoughts.
The Open Space was facilitated by me. The event was co-sponsored by the Freidrich Ebert Stiftung and IRIB.
In the full day session, six concurrent market place discussions were held over two time slots of one hour each. There was deep conversations and many ideas generated on the theme. During the action planning; six key ideas were voted to be worked on next and six leaders accepted the responsibility to take the ideas to the next step.
The next day on 5th February 2008, a smaller group of ten participants in the morning and another ten in the afternoon attended a training session on Open Space so that they will be equipped to conduct Open Space sessions on their own in the future. These participants had also attended the full day session the day before. The participants intend to use Open Space to engage their own staff as well as their listeners in improving their programmes and services.
The two-day proceedings were beamed live on the Internet for IRIB staff outside Tehran to follow.
Prabu was part of the hosting team when I taught Open Space in Sinagapore some years ago. And this, to me, is the most amazing thing about the practice of Open Space. We never really know where it will lead, or turn up, next. Good to see such fruits still ripening, many years beyond the first plantings. Way to go, Prabu! And may the Iranian harvest be bountiful, as well!

First Open Space held by mainland Chinese organization

Thanks (and congrats!) to Joern Geisselmann, Adviser for Public Participation & Capacity Building at Shining Stone Community Action, for this report from mainland China:
On May 15th Shining Stone Community Action (SSCA), a Beijing-based NGO promoting participatory urban governance, conducted what was perhaps the first Open Space event organized and facilitated by a mainland Chinese organization entirely on its own. SSCA decided to include a one-day Open Space into one of its training courses on participatory community development following a training on the Open Space methodology in April 2007 by Stiftung Mitarbeit, a German foundation dedicated to the promotion of public participation, and CANGO (China Association for NGO Cooperation).
The theme of the event was a€?Public Participation in Community Developmenta€. Participants included community workers, NGO representatives, and residents. Since Open Space is so different from typical Chinese meetings that tend to be very formal and hampered by hierarchies we were worried at first how participants would respond to the unusual latitude given to them. However, this concern vanished quickly as participants began taking the initiative proposing topics they wanted to discuss. The enthusiasm and resourcefulness of participants continued to astonish us throughout the event and Open Space turned out to be the highlight of the 3-day training. In fact, about a week later a participant informed us that they had enjoyed Open Space so much that they had already conducted a community meeting using some of the Open Space elements.
For more information, please contact Ms. Song Qinghua, Director of Shining Stone Community Action.

The Nitty Gritty Detail of Mass Collaboration

Christopher Carfi posted a nice summary of work done in a breakout session in Open Space last year, following the Consortium for Service Innovation Annual Summit in Orlando.
His summary is about the work, not the process. And that’s the point. Real work gets done in Open Space — and becomes the center story of the event. I wonder how many other participants went out posted their notes.
His posting represents the kind of “action” that keeps real work moving, based on personal passion and responsibility, but never shows up on the screen when people ask, “How does action happen?”
This group should know something about getting things done. The conference sub-theme: the economics and social elements of mass collaboration.

an elevator speech

Harrison shared the following today on OSlist:
Every now and again we seem to get ourselves involved here on OSLIST in
creating and comparing “elevator speeches” about Open Space. I have never been very good at all that, but a young Korean friend caught me early in the
morning on the shuttle to the airport. Given the hour I wasn’t sure how it
would all turn out, but I guess it is a good picture of The Hat. And for
sure it is the shortest speech I have ever given. If interested, check out


Media Fighting Stereotypes

Jost Wagner is a Thailand-based German facilitator and consultant working in the Asian region and beyond primarily working on development issues. He sent this news and video from Bangkok:
Media fighting stereotypes – a short Open Space Session in a unique environment.
In September 2007 the German Friedrich-Ebert Foundation (FES) organised an Open Space Session during the Asia-Pacific and Europe Media Dialogue taking place in Germany and jointly organised by Deutsche Welle and Asia-Broadcasting in order to create a dialogue about the role of media – especially TV and Radio – can play in fighting stereoytpes and discrimination. Participants were senior members of broadcasting authorities and broadcasters from Asia and Europe and many other invited guests from politics, industry and civil society. The Session took place in the former German parliament in Bonn – a very unique and challenging environment. The Open Space was facilitated by Janice Lua from Singapore and Jost Wagner – a Thailand-based German facilitator. FES sponsored also a production of a short and nice video.
The space looks a bit unusual, but clearly the spirit of this event was completely Open Space. That you can hear in the many participant comments in the video. Nice work, Jost and Janice!

Opening in Two Languages at Once

Deborah Hartmann and Esther Matte worked together to open the RoCoCo camp event recently in Montreal. They did that in French and in English, taking things paragraph-by-paragraph, repeating everything in two languages. Then they came to the OSLIST to talk about how others do it. Harrison Owen offered an elegant approach…
When Michael Pannwitz and I did the Open Space for 2000 in Wurtzburg, Germany — we did everything all at once. The situation may have been a little different as most people spoke German and some English. Also in the plenary session (Opening) we had simultaneous translation. But in any event we did a duo. At the start Michael went one way in the circle, I went the other — and after we crossed at the starting point, we just wandered all over, everywhere. When we started I announced that Michael was not going to translate, rather he would do his thing, I would do mine, and hopefully we would end at the same place, which I think we did. It took a little longer, but we also had a lot of fun doing it together. The best part was Michael’s comments on what I had to say. One time after a rather lengthy discourse on my part (maybe 30 sec.) Michal came in with just a single word. Everybody howled. Wonderful!