Highlights: First OS on OS in French
deborah at hartmann.net
Tue Sep 25 03:39:35 PDT 2007
I attended the wonderful "FOFO" event in Quebec, as a language-immersion
exercise (French is my second or third language), and also to get to
know practitioners in my home province.
It was immediately clear that having this event a) in their own province
and b) in their own language, was a powerful thing and very, very
important to attendees - even those who'd previously been in touch with
the worldwide group, in English.
This points out to me the importance of developing native skills with
OST: yes, facilitators can be translated and find creative workarounds.
But if we want to help people to feel empowered, our best bet is to help
them do this in the languages and cultures in which they feel free be
eloquent, funny, compassionate, challenging. To do this, we must not
only train local OST leaders, but help them train others.
To this end, it would be great to see many translations of the new
edition of Harrison's book. Or, perhaps it's worth creating a subset of
the book for translation purposes, to reach as many languages as
possible in a shorter time. From my own experience, a the book publisher
will sometimes authorize a shorter book published under Creative
Commons, as long as it points back to the main book. (see this book for
an example: http://www.infoq.com/minibooks/domain-driven-design-quickly )
Just an idea. I'm sure I'm not the first to have it :-)
Michael M Pannwitz wrote:
> I uplifted myself with your report getting into the day!
> Thanks and good luck with your francophone network!!
> I will forward your message to the colleagues in France and
> Switzerland that included themselves in the world map.
> Greetings from Berlin
> Marquis Bureau wrote:
>> -The First OS on OS in French was held on September 14, 15, and 16
>> 2007 in
>> Val-David in the Laurentians, near Montréal, Québec, Canada;
>> - 30 participants responded to the invitation;
>> - September 14, on a sunny afternoon sitting by the lake,
>> storytelling took
>> place on the topic of our best OST stories, using the circle and the
>> - The theme for September 14 and 15 was Reaching New Heights in our
>> Knowledge and our Practices of Open Space;
>> - The theme for September 16 was French-language Networks at the local,
>> national, and international levels;
>> - Three Haitians were offered bursaries from our sponsors.
>> they were unable to obtain a visa on time for our event;
>> -The presence of an African Canadian from Alberta representing a
>> multicultural non profit organization was a real gift to the group.
>> When he
>> realized that the spirit and many parts of the Open Space ritual
>> originate from Africa, it felt like the Open Space approach had come
>> and all of us had the privilege of being invited to that warm place;
>> - Sponsors for the events were Open Space Institute Canada, Open Space
>> Institute-USA, World Map, and Auberge Prema Shanti;
>> -The Prema Shanti (www.premashanti.ca) in Val David Québec was really a
>> magical setting. The owner Karim was fully connected with the spirit
>> of our
>> -Many times people said: At last, an OSonOS in French with a group of
>> who share the intention of keeping a French support network alive. A
>> who wants to take leadership to help disseminate the wonderful Open
>> gift to people, to organizations, and to humanity;
>> -The organizing committee was very happy of the experience of this first
>> OSonOS in French and wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to its
>> -Those interested are invited to meet October 12 and 13 2007 to further
>> discuss the creation of a French-language network. Details to be
>> The organising committee: Diane Gibeault, Esther Matte, Etienne
>> Roch Landry, and Marquis Bureau
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