Major downsizing

Thomas Herrmann thomas.herrmann at
Fri May 11 04:49:31 PDT 2001

Hi list-friends.
A client of mine has planned to hold a 2-day OST with all 170 staff, in
june, the last days before they all go for summervacation. The theme was to
concern the future of their school (working with "adult learning"). They are
in the process of changing from public funding to "free market conditions".
5 public schools will be in a corporation owned by the municipality. Now it
seems that they will loose a lot of the courses they have given before and
face serious downsizing. The circumstances will be made clear the coming
days. The headmaster believes that maybe 50 out of a total 170 persons on
his school will have to leave. It is likely that there will be some
reorganizations between the 5 schools serving different local areas. They
probably all face lay offs.
It seems pretty clear that a OST conference on the future of the school is
not suitable as a lot of the people coming would not be inspired to plan for
something they may not even be part of. But they do have a need to
communicate and support each other though this. I think OST would still be
suitable but I guess the theme should focus on the issue which is everybodys
concern right now. I promised to make some research on experiences in
similair situations. I would very much appreciate if you would like to
Greetings from sunny Sweden (summer is coming over here)
Thomas Herrmann      Phone +46 (0)709-98 97 81
Open Space Consulting
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Email: thomas.herrmann at
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