Open Space Technology: A User's Guide

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Apr 28, 2008 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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Open Space Technology: A User's Guide is just what the name implies: a hands-on, detailed description of facilitating Open Space Technology (OST). OST is an effective, economical, fast, and easily repeatable strategy for organizing meetings of between 5 and 2,000 participants that has been used in thousands of organizations in 134 countries and just keeps growing in popularity. Written by the originator of the method, this is the most authoritative book on the rationale, procedures, and requirements of OST.

OST enables self-organizing groups of all sizes to deal with hugely complex issues in a very short period of time. This step-by-step user's guide details what needs to be done before, during, and after an Open Space event.

Harrison Owen details all the practical considerations necessary to create Open Space. He begins with the most important question—should you use Open Space at all?—and examines what types of situations are appropriate for Open Space Technology and what types are not. He then goes on to look at nuts-and-bolts issues such as supplies, logistics, and who should come and how you should go about getting them there.

This third edition adds a survey of the current status of Open Space Technology around the world, an updated section on the latest available technology for report writing (a key aspect of the Open Space process), and an updated list of resources.
 

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User Review  - MichaŽl Molenaar - Goodreads

Great book by the originator Harisson Owen and very good readable if you want to learn/do Open Space workshops. Read full review

Review: Open Space Technology: A User's Guide

User Review  - Riitta Toivonen - Goodreads

Beautifully written account of a beautiful method for creating the space for people to work effectively together on what matters to them. In simple steps, here's all you need to know to run your own Open space event - you'll be surprised how good it turns out. Read full review

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Contents

Open Space Technology?
1
The Genesis of Open Space Technology
3
Experience to Date
6
Coming Attractions
11
Preparation
15
It Always Works
16
Working with the Client If You Are NOT the Sponsor
18
Focus and Intent
22
Questions?
90
The Four Principles and One Law
91
The One Law
95
A Final Admonition
98
Time to Go to Work
99
Creating the Community Bulletin Board
101
Opening the Village Marketplace
104
Holding Space and Time
107

The Group
25
Time and Space
32
OST in Combination
35
Space
36
Other Considerations Like When Do We Eat?
39
Supplies
41
Consultation with the Facility Management
43
Checklist for Open Space
44
Proceedings and the Electronic Connection
47
How Does It Work Practically?
48
Keep It Simple
50
How Many Printers?
53
Wikis Blogs and Websites
54
Personal Preparation for Open Space
55
Creating and Holding Time and Space
56
Being Authentically Present
60
SelfPreparation
62
Site Preparation
65
Chairs in a Circle
66
Make the Wall Accessible
67
And Nothing in the Middle Almost
68
Creation and Placement of Signs
69
Theme Behavior and Expectations
70
SpaceTime Matrix and Daily Schedule
71
Report Production
77
CreatingTime and Space
79
Welcome
80
Focus the Group
81
State the Theme
82
Describe the Process
84
Sensing and Responding to the Environment
108
Morning Announcements and Evening News
113
Bell Ringing
115
Empowering the People
116
Potholes in the Road
118
Space Invaders
121
Dealing with the Outrageous
124
To Intervene or Not Intervene
126
Movement to Action
131
Getting the Whole System in the Room
132
Prioritization and Action Planning
133
Sticky Dots
136
Voting
137
Convergence and Action Plans
139
Opening the Space for Action
142
Endings and New Beginnings
147
The Talking Stick Ceremony
148
Alternatives to the Talking Stick Ceremony
152
The Medicine Wheel
153
FollowUp
161
Keep the Space OpenOpen More Space
164
Unexpected Gifts Leadership Performance Peace
169
Leadership
170
High Performance
174
Peace and Peacemaking
179
What Next?
183
Additional Resources
191
Index
193
About the Author
199
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About the author (2008)

Owen has worked with a variety of organizations, including small West African villages, urban (American and African) community organizations, the Peace Corps, regional medical programs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Administration.

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