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Open Space Technology : A User's Guide. - HARRISON OWEN

Open Space Technology

A User's Guide.

Paperback Published: 21st April 2008
ISBN: 9781576754764
Number Of Pages: 216

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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.

Preface to the Third Editionp. xi
Open Space Technology?p. 1
The Genesis of Open Space Technologyp. 3
Experience to Datep. 6
Coming Attractionsp. 11
Preparationp. 15
Appropriatenessp. 15
It Always Worksp. 16
Working with the Client If You Are NOT the Sponsorp. 18
Focus and Intentp. 22
The Groupp. 25
How Many?p. 27
The Invitationp. 28
Time and Spacep. 32
OST in Combinationp. 35
Spacep. 36
Other Considerations-Like When Do We Eat?p. 39
Suppliesp. 41
Consultation with the Facility Managementp. 43
Checklist for Open Spacep. 44
Proceedings and the Electronic Connectionp. 47
How Does It Work Practically?p. 48
Keep It Simplep. 50
How Many Printers?p. 53
Reports without Computersp. 53
Wikis, Blogs, and Websitesp. 54
Personal Preparation for Open Spacep. 55
Creating and Holding Time and Spacep. 56
Being Authentically Presentp. 60
Self-Preparationp. 62
Site Preparationp. 65
Physical Arrangements: Chairs in a Circlep. 66
Plenty of Spacep. 66
Make the Wall Accessiblep. 67
And Nothing in the Middle (Almost)p. 68
Creation and Placement of Signsp. 69
Theme, Behavior, and Expectationsp. 70
Space/Time Matrix and Daily Schedulep. 71
Report Productionp. 77
Creating Time and Spacep. 79
Welcomep. 80
Focus the Groupp. 81
State the Themep. 82
Describe the Processp. 84
Questions?p. 90
The Four Principles and One Lawp. 91
The One Lawp. 95
The Final Admonitionp. 98
Time to Go to Workp. 99
Creating the Community Bulletin Boardp. 101
Opening the Village Marketplacep. 104
Holding Time and Spacep. 107
Collecting Coffee Cups and Trashp. 107
Sensing and Responding to the Environmentp. 108
Morning Announcements and Evening Newsp. 113
Empowering the Peoplep. 116
Potholes in the Roadp. 118
Heavy Weatherp. 118
Space Invadersp. 121
Dealing with the Outrageousp. 124
To Intervene or Not Intervenep. 126
Movement to Actionp. 131
Getting the Whole System in the Roomp. 132
It Has Already Happenedp. 132
Prioritization and Action Planningp. 133
Sticky Dotsp. 136
Votingp. 137
Convergence and Action Plansp. 139
Another Way: Opening the Space for Actionp. 142
Endings and New Beginningsp. 147
The Talking Stick Ceremonyp. 148
Alternatives to the Talking Stick Ceremonyp. 152
Reflections on Open Space: The Medicine Wheelp. 153
Follow-Upp. 161
Keep the Space Open/Open More Spacep. 164
Unexpected Gifts: Leadership, Performance, Peacep. 169
Leadershipp. 170
High Performancep. 174
Peace and Peacemakingp. 179
What Next?p. 183
Additional Resourcesp. 191
Indexp. 193
About the Authorp. 199
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ISBN: 9781576754764
ISBN-10: 1576754766
Series: Agency/Distributed
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 21st April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 17.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised