Open Space Technology: A User's Guide
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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Review: Open Space Technology: A User's GuideUser 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 GuideUser 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
Open Space Technology?
The Genesis of Open Space Technology
Experience to Date
It Always Works
Working with the Client If You Are NOT the Sponsor
Focus and Intent
The Four Principles and One Law
The One Law
A Final Admonition
Time to Go to Work
Creating the Community Bulletin Board
Opening the Village Marketplace
Holding Space and Time
Time and Space
OST in Combination
Other Considerations Like When Do We Eat?
Consultation with the Facility Management
Checklist for Open Space
Proceedings and the Electronic Connection
How Does It Work Practically?
Keep It Simple
How Many Printers?
Wikis Blogs and Websites
Personal Preparation for Open Space
Creating and Holding Time and Space
Being Authentically Present
Chairs in a Circle
Make the Wall Accessible
And Nothing in the Middle Almost
Creation and Placement of Signs
Theme Behavior and Expectations
SpaceTime Matrix and Daily Schedule
CreatingTime and Space
Focus the Group
State the Theme
Describe the Process
Sensing and Responding to the Environment
Morning Announcements and Evening News
Empowering the People
Potholes in the Road
Dealing with the Outrageous
To Intervene or Not Intervene
Movement to Action
Getting the Whole System in the Room
Prioritization and Action Planning
Convergence and Action Plans
Opening the Space for Action
Endings and New Beginnings
The Talking Stick Ceremony
Alternatives to the Talking Stick Ceremony
The Medicine Wheel
Keep the Space OpenOpen More Space
Unexpected Gifts Leadership Performance Peace
Peace and Peacemaking
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