More about Rewild Camp OS

Diana Larsen dlarsen at
Wed Sep 5 12:48:39 PDT 2007

I asked my son to write about the week-long Open Space I mentioned on  
this list about a month ago. Here's his description:

Doing an 'Outdoor Open Space'

I wanted to write a short note on holding space outdoors, as I've  
heard that opinions vary, and me and my gang went ahead and tried it.  
The Open Space, Rewild Camp Portland 2007, went really well, with a  
couple of glitches.

See our wiki: 

We held our marketplace at a picnic table in a local urban park,  
under a large tree, along with updating a wiki with new meeting  
times, etc.

I wouldn't do the wiki thing again, because it discouraged folks from  
returning to the marketplace; they simply looked up updates online,  
which (no wifi at the park) we didn't always get up in a timely  
fashion, resulting in some crossed wires.

It worked really well in other ways - we had lots of passers-by  
looking at the marketplace, asking questions, wanting to join in  
(though few actually chose to, they all expressed interest). The  
houseless (aka homeless) population at the park supported us so  
incredibly much, it added a truly magical element to the week. Not  
once did they hit us up for change etc., they just encouraged us,  
complimented us, congradulated us, and on and on. So much upbeat out- 
of-the-blue support carried us through a lot of slow times waiting  
for people to 'come-back' to the marketplace!

-Willem Larsen
Caretaker, the College of Mythic Cartography

Diana Larsen
co-author: "Agile Retrospectives"
Ask me about:
"Secrets of Agile Teamwork: Beyond Technical Skills" workshop
Sept 17-19, Stockholm Sweden; Dec 11-13, Portland OR

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