OS in a prison??

Christopher Kloth kloth at tmn.com
Wed Nov 11 07:41:23 PST 1998

Birgitt, et al,

I have not done open space in prison, but I worked in the field of corrections for
nearly 15 years, including a stint at the National Institute of Corrections.
While that wa before I had ever heard of Open Space,  I have no doubt about the
potential of the process in a prison setting.  I have participated in dialogues
among inmates, between inmates and staff as well as between inmates and
"citizens."  Most often I felt more confident in the inmates than the others.

My caution is related to pre-work:  People who have not worked in or around jails
and prisons, especially in the United States, often carry a fair amount of
misinformation, myths and personal baggage into encounters with the people and the
institutions.  This baggage may make it difficult the "straight" facilitator to be
fully present to create and hold space.  So, I suggest some personal work.

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