Care and Feeding in Krakow

Pannwitz, Michael M mmpanne at
Fri Jun 18 00:25:08 PDT 2004

Dear Harrison, Paul, Larry, Colin
and all of you who either work in organisations on the road to the
InterActive/open space organisation or
facilitate ost-gatherings in such organisations and
are in the business of caring for and feeding selforganizing systems
come and join us in Krakow, Poland September 3 and 4 (updated
invitation is further down).
Jo Toepfer, Hans-Georg Wicke and I imagine the foci to be:

"First, the exchange among people working in and with organizations
road towards the InterActive Organization and the development of
practical approaches and strategies in the everyday life of such
Second, the planning of a second gathering in 2005 as part of a
longer strategic exercise in support of the emergence of the
InterActive Organization in Europe"

As is apt to happen in os-t gatherings many other foci might be
expressed with passion and responsibility especially in the light of
the urgent need for "advanced" ways of being productive and inspired
in the expanding Europe.

Jo and I are members of the berlin open space cooperative (boscop)
with presently 7 os-practitioners...we are applying os-principles in
our work in boscop.
Hans-Georg Wicke is the CEO of the National Agency Youth with a staff
of about 22 ...he has been on the road towards growing into an
InterActive organisation for several years and in the process has
become an os-facilitator and trainer of os-facilitators in Europe.
One of my interests for the gathering in Krakow is to exchange
stories from our respective os-worlds and experiences.
And perhaps a group will gather to write the book on the care and
feeding of the selforganizing system right there on the spot.
Invitation to the Krakow gettogether down below.

Greetings from Berlin

Dear colleagues,
please register now for the first international gathering on the
"InterActive Organization/open space-organization in Europe" taking
place Friday, September 3 and Saturday, September 4, 2004.
Since we announced these dates two months ago, ten new countries have
joined the European Union and 34 people expressed interest in
gathering on the topic of the InterActive Organization in Europe.
Meeting in Krakow, Poland with its old town and Viliczka Saltmine,
both on the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, will give us
an opportunity to explore the developments and challenges
of the InterActive Organization in the expanded Europe.
In addition, we will engage in the task of planning a longer and
larger gathering on the issues and opportunities around
the emerging InterActive Organizations in Europe in the year 2005.
Since the tender loving care of the InterActive Organization needs a
sustained, long range effort, we consider the meeting this year,
followed by a second one in 2005 as the beginning of a longer
learning experience...probably a lifelong journey.

Here are the details:

1. How to register?
Send an email to Jo Töpfer (jotoepfer at no later than July
10, best right away. At the same time transfer the registration fee
of 260 Euros to the account of Michael M Pannwitz.
You are registered when the fee arrives at Michael's account.
Account Nr. 3125652, Bank Identification Nr. 10060237, Name of Bank:
Evangelische Darlehnsgenossenschaft.
IBAN is: DE64210602370000125652
BIG Code is: GenodeF1edg
The registration fee covers the actual expenses for the gathering:
meeting rooms at the Academy, catering, facilitation, assistance,
technical support staff at the Academy, material, printing of the
book of proceedings, etc.
(Not included is your stay at the hotel, see Nr.8 "Where do we

2.What is the focus of our gathering?
First, the exchange among people working in and with organizations on
road towards the InterActive Organization and the development of
practical approaches and strategies in the everyday life of such
Second, the planning of a second gathering in 2005 as part of a
longer strategic exercise in support of the emergence of the
InterActive Organization in Europe.

3. Who will attend?
People working in an organization (private, public, non-profit,
NGO, etc.) that is moving towards the InterActive Organization using
open space-technology along the way
open space-practitioners and facilitators working in such processes.

4.How will we communicate?
The working language is English. But be ready to be surprised.

5. When do we gather?
Friday, September 3, 2004 from 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday, September 4, 2004 from 9 am to 1 pm

6. Who will facilitate our open space?
Marta Medlinska from Warszawa
assisted by Piotr Banach from Kutno, both from the Open Space Group

7.Where do we meet?
In the rooms of the Academy of Science, Krakow, Poland where we will
have a large space for our gathering.

8. Where do we stay?
At the Ibis Hotel Krakow near Wawel Castle in the Center of the city,
walking distance to the Academy of Science.
30 rooms have been reserved at special rates (221 zl or 48 Euro per
night in a single room, 299 zl or 64 Euros per night for 2 people in
a double room with one large bed) until July 10.
Please contact the FIRST CLASS travel agency in Krakow.
Monika Pieczara handles reservations and bookings at the Ibis Hotel
transfer to the Hotel and all other details.
Her email: fckrakow at
Her phone: ++48 - 12-43 11 373
The plan is for all of us to stay at the Ibis Hotel so that we can
easily gather for joint activities before the gathering (on Thursday
evening after arriving in Krakow) and during our gathering (Friday
evening, for instance).

9. What else?
Send this invitation to others that you think need to be in Krakow.
Have a look at the recipients of this mail, they
are the ones who registered their interest with us.

10. Questions?
Best you ask Jo (jotoepfer at he also has the invitation on
his website
but Hans-Georg
(wicke at and Michael M (mmpanne at are also there.
Jo met Monika Pieczara of the travel Agency in Krakow and had a look
at the rooms in the Academy of Science there while visiting Krakow.
All questions regarding travel, hotel, staying longer for sightseeing
(highly recommended) etc. are best
sent to Monika directly.
Information on Krakow at

Greetings from Berlin and Bonn
Hans-Georg Wicke, Jo Töpfer and Michael M Pannwitz

On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 09:32:40 -0400, Harrison Owen wrote:

>Some little time back I tossed out the notion that Open Space was in fact a
>halfway technology - that as good as it is, it (OS) only gets us part of the
>way down the road. The discussion was spirited (what else on this LIST?),
>but somehow I felt frustrated. I was doubly frustrated because I wasn't
>totally clear where we "should" have gone. And of course, it is terribly
>hard to recognize arrival if you have no idea where you are going. I cannot
>say that my clouds of confusion have cleared away, but it does seem that
>there may be light at the end of the tunnel - just to mix and mangle
>metaphors. I think it is all about "Care and Feeding."  In fact, I think it
>might be useful to write a sequel to "Open Space Technology: A User's Guide"
>with the odd title, "The Care and Feeding of Self Organizing Systems."
>Whether this turns into a book remains to be seen - and since I have sworn
>off writing books, somebody else may have to do it, but here is the idea . .
>All organizations are self organizing, and when they get in trouble, it is
>usually because somebody tried to organize them. Exceptions would be
>environmental disruptions over which nobody (and certainly not the
>"organizers") has any possible control - for example, the world economy has
>severe indigestion. The core problem is that the proposed organization
>design is inappropriate to the situation. In a word, it looks great on
>paper, but simply doesn't work. The alternative is to allow, enable,
>encourage, the organization to do what only it can do for itself -
>self-organize. Which brings us to: The Care and Feeding of Self-Organizing
>Systems. At this point, our global experience with Open Space can be a very
>useful guide. This is not so much about doing an Open Space Event, but
>rather the application of the principles and experience to the life of
>everyday organizations. Nor is this about creating an Open Space
>Organization. I think we are already there, it is just that we have not read
>THE OWNER'S MANUAL. Of course, the manual has yet to be written - and that
>is the task at hand.
>I suggest moving from both ends of the stick towards the middle. If we were
>to reach the middle, we might actually have something. First, we might look
>at those situations where, despite best efforts to do things properly,
>everything got messed up, but it all worked out fine. The British would call
>this Muddling through. I would call it the triumph of the self-organizing
>system. An example of this would be the 3M experience with Post-Its. The
>thought is that by looking closely at situations like that we might catch
>the Self-Organizing system working under cover.
>Secondly, we might look at situations where the principles/experience of
>Open Space had been applied (perhaps unconsciously) and describe the results
>- good, bad, and indifferent. Everybody will have their own list, and mine
>goes something like: Start with invitation, invited people to join a circle
>bringing both their passion and responsibility - and once there -- follow
>the 4 Principles and observe the Law. And of course, Be prepared to be
>Rather than debating all of this abstractly, let's start with some stories.
>I have a few, and I am sure you have many more. And if you have some, please
>share. Who knows what we might discover.
>Harrison Owen
>7808 River Falls Drive
>Potomac, Maryland   20845
>Phone 301-365-2093
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