Help with an Open Space for scientists

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-----Original Message-----
From: Viv McWaters <viv at THEREEF.COM.AU>
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 10:21 PM
Subject: Help with an Open Space for scientists

>Hello all
>Enthused and finally willing to take the risk after deepening my
>understanding of OS with Birgitt, I've put up a proposal to conduct a
>regular meeting of scientists using OS.
>This three-day meeting will be used to determine what the next phase of
>research should be after the completion of the current three-year program
>(in June 2000). The focus of research is eutrophication - or the causes of
>blue-green algae in waterways, making the water dangerous to fish, animals
>and humans - a serious environmental problem here in Australia.
>These scientists are generally resistant to process facilitation, let alone
>OS - but I think I can convince them of the benefits. My problem rests with
>their desire to include the traditional scientific presentations of results
>to date and feedback to each other. I have suggested that this could be a
>part of the OS - where there is passion and responsibility - but there is
>some resistance to this and a desire to schedule a specific session for
>these reports to everyone who attends.
>I am reluctant to do this (even at the beginning) because I think it will
>detract from the experience of OS - and I  know if I can convince them to
>try OS they will love it.
>Any suggestions?
>Viv McWaters
>Integra Pty Ltd
>45 Valentine Street, Ivanhoe 3079
>Victoria Australia
>Ph/Fax: 61 3 9499 9300
>"Thus the task is not so much to see what no-one yet has seen, but to think
>what nobody yet has thought about that which everyone sees." Schopenhauer

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