Highlights: First OS on OS in French

Communications Esther Matte ematte at excellence.ca
Tue Sep 25 06:52:06 PDT 2007

Thanks Michael for forwarding the highlights to French colleagues in Europe.

It was really something to be 30 people 
discussing OS in French here in Quebec. I'm so 
glad to have been part of it, and hope that there 
will be many others in the years to come. It was 
very inspiring to go deep in discussions in our 
own language, hear what words we use, discuss how 
we do things and in what contexts we use OS, even 
discuss some ideas to bring OS in the news.

Deborah was not the only francophile - it was 
wonderful to have anglophones join us in our language. Thanks to all who did!

I now have more people on my Stammtisch list. By 
the way, we decided to use a French name for this 
regular gathering. More about that in my next invitation :-)



At 02:22 2007-09-25, 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 talking
>>- 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.   Unfortunately,
>>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 actually
>>originate from Africa, it felt like the Open Space approach had come home
>>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 people
>>who share the intention of keeping a French support network alive. A group
>>who wants to take leadership to help disseminate the wonderful Open Space
>>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 confirmed;
>>The organising committee:  Diane Gibeault, Esther Matte, Etienne Beaulieu,
>>Roch Landry, and Marquis Bureau
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