Help for David

ralphsc ralphsc at
Mon Sep 7 06:06:58 PDT 1998


I have conducted many open space events where attendance was mandatory.
In my experience, they all worked just fine.  Personally I only have a
problem with "mandatory"unless the system is in some kind of conflict or
turmoil.  Employees get called to meetings all the time and attend with
no more than a usual amount of behaviorus interruptus.  If the very act
of calling the meeting is widely and clearly perceived as advancing or
exacerbating the conflict, then it's worth a good close look.

Academics do seem to be somewhat more contrary about these things than
most, but I wouldn't let that stop me before I start.

Ralph Copleman

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