Viv McWaters viv at theReef.com.au
Tue May 15 22:29:00 PDT 2001

Hello all

I've been asked to help a local seaside town (population 3500) explore
options for future child-care services following the closure of a number of
services and the consequent loss of population and users of existing

We're starting with a one-day OS to explore the issues and opportunities -
hopefully bringing many of the key players together and to get a lot of the
issues on the table, as well as ID next steps.

There's quite a lot of interest in the community - although the concept of
an OS process is all but unknown and even though the invitation outlines
the process there is still an expectation of a 'traditional' public meeting
- 'experts' doing presentations and fielding questions etc.

Two or three of the local politicians have indicated they'll be attending
for a couple of hours here, an hour there etc (although we asked that
people come for the whole day if they can).

What experiences have others had of dealing with drop-ins, especially
politicians who could turn out to be space invaders (an assumption I know -
but I'd rather not be caught off-guard given that this will be this
community's first experience of OS).



Please note NEW telephone number

Viv McWaters
Beyond the Edge Pty Ltd
PO Box 665, Torquay 3228
Victoria Australia
Ph/Fax: 61 3 5261 9498
Mobile 0417 135 406

"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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