"rules" and self-organization
patoitextiles at gmail.com
Wed May 30 09:05:17 PDT 2007
I would have to add one thought to Joelle's assessment of open space
in these regards. I think open space not only provides opportunity to
break habitual ways of thinking but does it in a way that associates
that break with a success. I think that is an important component
because over time if the opportunity demostrates a pattern of success
however success is defined for the individual it has the chance of
becoming the habitual pattern.
On 5/30/07, Joelle Lyons Everett <JLEShelton at aol.com> wrote:
> In a message dated 5/30/07 6:15:33 AM, rcopleman at comcast.net writes:
> If self-organization occurs in os, would not the "space" still "open"
> without things we have come to believe are essential?
> People have been self-organizing conversations about things that matter to
> them, long before Harrison's "two-martini idea."
> I agree that our usual structure and rules may not be necessary. However,
> I think they are useful for releasing people from habitual patterns of
> behavior (on a "temporary" basis, which may not be as scary).
> I have long believed that the use of simple rules (Open Space, or a variety
> of others) can make it easy for a group to experience new behavior and,
> sometimes, a higher level of organization--in a very short time, and with
> minimal inputs of energy into the system. I had the fun recently of
> introducing a group to simple rules for improvisational theater, and
> watching them "act their way to a new way of thinking." This simple
> intervention has released energy, enthusiasm and action in the organization,
> far greater than the energy that was put into it.
> So, I guess I am not a purist about waiting for self-organization to happen
> entirely on its own, but am willing to nudge it a little.
> Pondering, this morning--
> See what's free at http://www.aol.com. * *
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