[OSList] My first OS as a facilitator

Harrison Owen hhowen at verizon.net
Fri Mar 21 05:39:54 PDT 2014

Major suggestion: Take a deep breath (several are better) and enjoy the
ride. And I agree with Eiwor, Facilitating as the CEO is always interesting.
The trick is to truly and honestly open the space, which means that you need
to get out of the way (Totally present and absolutely invisible). For
example, when folks go to the wall to sign up for their sessions, that would
be time for you to walk out of the room. No fan fare, no words of
explanation. Just go. Take a good walk. I usually take a nap. And come back
perhaps an hour later. That simple act will make clear, as nothing else can
that the space is open. That the people are in charge. Most of all have fun!


Harrison Owen
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[mailto:oslist-bounces at lists.openspacetech.org] On Behalf Of Stefano
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:48 PM
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Subject: [OSList] My first OS as a facilitator

Dear all,
I'm new to this OS world. After my first, and unique, OS experience in Paris
during last September (The Global Scrum Gathering) I came back home with the
idea to adopt this kind of meeting in my company too.
On next March 31st my company's first Open Space meeting will take place and
I'm going to be the facilitator. wow!
We'll be around 100 people and the theme is "how could we make our company a
better place to work?"
If any of you have a suggestion to share with me, something that you would
have been happy to receive before your first time as an OS facilitator, I
think it would be really a gift for me.

thanks all
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