[OSList] OST training? (was: Re: Teach Them to Fish / A Note to My Friends)

Suzanne Daigle sdaigle4 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 26 17:31:13 PST 2012

Hats off to Lisa to whom I also owe a huge debt of gratitude remembering
when she was just a coaching phone call away on 2 events that had me be
quite nervous -- my first large group with 300+ people in a situation that
was less than ideal and another time working with scientists feeling quite
intimidated by those PHDs.

Not only did Lisa calm my nerves but I had a chance to receive wonderful
tips and discover that ultimately I had most of what I needed. It just took
those conversations with Lisa to see that.  I am so happy to report that
years later, I am still connected with those clients and admire much of
what they do just as they deeply appreciated what Open Space opened for


On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM, Lisa Heft <lisaheft at openingspace.net>wrote:

> Diane - your words resonate with me.
> I too believe nobody should have to be certificated or 'blessed' or have
> to come to a workshop to be able to know and do Open Space.
> I too find that the workshops are those wonderful opportunity to learn
> in-person with others of diverse experience and insights.
> As a learner myself - I thrive more on an experiential learning
> environment than by reading - though I learned so much from the User's
> Guide.
> I learn even more deeply by having begun in a workshop that you taught,
> Harrison - sharing thoughts in person and being with a group of richly
> different thinkers.
> So: we all learn in different ways and I love it that only each person
> alone gets to say when they are ready - not some teacher-type.
> And about the workshop experience - I do not feel I have to teach anything
> someone can learn from reading or from jumping in and doing.
> So besides the experiential learning offered I find that I am teaching
> more of such things as how to support and sustain the ideas and momentum
> created by an Open Space event, how to think about all those things in
> advance that can maximize access and inclusion, stories of how Open Space
> has been used around the world and in different settings and for different
> tasks, how it can be used before or after other meeting processes to
> achieve some particular learning or task objective...
> I also find that people want to come together to share lessons learned
> about working with groups no matter what is the method or process - such as
> how to do invitation as relationship building, how to think about the full
> ecology of an event not just the process, and so on. So I find that people
> enjoy our various workshops because it is also a coming together of a
> community for sharing thoughts and experiences about our work with groups.
> Your workshop participants are lucky to be so welcome in the knowledge
> they invite from inquiry as well as the wisdom they carry within them,
> Diane, Artur and others,
> Lisa
> On Feb 26, 2012, at 3:48 PM, Diane Gibeault wrote:
> An invitation to grow - Arthur you have summed up very well what
> "training-learning" opportunities are really about in my mind - I will
> share other ideas on what you mentioned Arthur but before I want to say
> that I agree with Harrison as well about reading your book or just
> experiencing OS and then doing it.
> If the concern is that people will perceive that training is required, I
> agree that it should not be the case. I don't know anyone who offers
> certification for OS or implies that people must take some training to do
> OS. If there are some, as you say, what can we do about it other than have
> this conversation. Invitations I saw are about exploring and going deeper.
> I personaly encourage people at every OS event I facilitate, to just do OS
> (no talk of training) - I'll say more in a minute on how but before, a word
> on why to even consider inviting people to "training-learning" of OS.
> OS is not there, now, or in the foreseeable future for many. They just
> don't have the chance to experience it. For those people who prefer doing
> or talking with others as a learning style or who already have a passion
> for OS from what they read and now want to live it, why not offer the
> opportunity?  And for those who want to go deeper, why can't they have the
> chance for face to face collective reflection? We know OS itself is so much
> richer, face to face. One (reading or living) does not exclude the other
> (learning with others). It just contributes to make OS known and used by
> more people. It's about keeping the space open for learning and letting go
> of people who may not offer learning as we would like it.
> Suzanne, I connect with your feeling of "coming home" when you experienced
> OS. That is exactly how I felt when I did my training on OST that Harrison
> lead. I do see at learning events, that many people have a transformative
> experience of one type or another. It's all a gift and our community keeps
> on giving it, in a variety of ways.
> Just DO IT - How I encourage participants at any OS event to "just do it":
> every participant has a one-pager of the principles with a very short line
> of what they mean as described in the opening, and they have the report
> form with a few lines about the news room. Before the closing, I say: "You
> have experienced Open Space, you have the basic tools, you see how
> important it is to have a theme of real interest, you know about the
> invitation and the question. Just do it. If you want to know more, there
> is a good book called OST Users'Guide. " Many do tell me immediately that
> they will do it with their classroom or their team etc.
> Arthur, CULTIVATING together is a wonderful image! I'm with you. When I
> invite people to an OS learning event, they first experience OS after
> having read the book in advance, they reflect together, then go deeper
> with an OSonOS on their questions some of which are often about how to
> prepare and how to work with sponsors to increase chances of a more
> sustained impact. Exploration, story telling and looking at how OS can be
> an ongoing way of being in organizations and in our lives are all part of
> the co-learning, Wave Rider included. Participants are also invited - those
> who wish to on the 3rd day -  to jump right in and do an opening of OS in a
> small group (like putting on the training wheels on the bicycle right away
> to break the ice). It's amazing how afterwards, they talk in a different
> way of the essence of Open Space.
> Their words about the essence of OS are treasures for life.
> Diane
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