[OSList] Less that Open Space

Gray Miller graydancer at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 13:12:58 PST 2012

Over the 30 or so Open Spaces that I've facilitated, there have been occasional organizers who have asked about changing this or that part of the process. They are always with the best intentions. 

Now, when someone wants to change something, I tell them that it's kind of like having a car that works reliably, so let's improve it by adding a washing machine.

You can do it. And it still might get you somewhere, but probably not quite as smoothly as it did before.

Plus, your clothes are likely to smell funny.

Love Life Practice

On Feb 26, 2012, at 11:39 AM, "Harrison Owen" <hhowen at verizon.net> wrote:

> Suzanne said –“I have also seen participants who shared that they were at an Open Space event before and that it looked nothing like the one they may have just experienced now.”
> The sad tale of OS that wasn’t. We’ve all heard it before, and doubtless there are dozens more that we will never know about. And it is too bad – but I sincerely doubt that there is a single thing to be done about it, save making sure that whenever we open space everybody gets the whole enchilada. No amount of training, pleading, legislation, certification, authorizing, monitoring, mentoring – will do a bloody bit of good, I think. Somebody is always going to look for a “better” way – a little addition, an added technique, a subtle control – whatever. And maybe they will find it, God love’em. In the meantime, and with all charity I have to admit – I can’t be bothered. At the end of the day Open Space is going to be just fine. Not because we have protected it but simply because it works all by itself, as it has for millennia.
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