[OSList] A possible first for me - at least on the inspiring OS side - if not facilitating as well
lise at learning4life.dk
Sun Mar 23 23:57:13 PDT 2014
THANK YOU Andrea for sharing.
I'm moved. About your very serious topic. About your courage to do
something. About your openness. Keep on.
And thanks to Lisa - even as an experienced "open spacer", you made me
think and reflect - what could be better?
Thanks to all of you "open spacers" around the world" Thank you for
Den 23-03-2014 18:29, Lisa Heft - skrev:
> Andrea -
> My heart goes out to you and your community.
> Some first thoughts:
> - anything involving grief and loss is best served by an overnight in
> a facilitated gathering - as people often tell their story on Day 1
> and seek witness to that story, with Day 2 offering a slightly
> different bit of 'breathing room' opened up by overnight reflection,
> 'percolation', integration of the day's experiences. So a 2-day
> gathering may allow for people to feel space, story, expansion, grief,
> connection and more.
> - remember that if you are the facilitator you are holding space for
> others, and you hold a certain role (in your own eyes and in others'
> eyes) - so decide whether you best serve by finding someone else to
> facilitate so that you can be a participant
> - think about documentation design - dialogue is more than the time
> one was in a conversation - it is also reflection afterwards, reading
> about others' conversations, sharing knowledge across the system /
> community, looking back over multiple conversations to see patterns or
> ideas... Open Space events easily include people sharing
> responsibility for documenting their conversations and pooling those
> into a co-created Book of Proceedings that can be used post-event by
> each individual in their own way as well as any group that wishes to
> pore over it for ideas for future conversations or next steps
> - pre-work for any face-to-face gathering is so important - take the
> time to find the best site you can (at least double the size of the
> expected number of participants), remember how food fuels community
> and thinking, share ideas for invitation and be sure to explore what
> (resources, relationships, choice of time or place) helps others
> actually access or feel included in an open invitation
> - remember this is not the only action and that one gathering is not a
> solution - think about how this fits into the context and chain of
> actions, gatherings, imaginings
> - don't forget to invite young people rather than talk about them
> - don't feel you need to do this event so quickly you do not have
> enough time and support for making it a useful, inclusive, supported event
> - (this should be up at the top): Take very good care of yourself, and
> know that we have you and your community in our thoughts
> *Lisa Heft*
> Consultant, Facilitator, Educator
> President Emerita, Open Space Institute US
> Fellow, Columbia University Center for International Conflict Resolution
> *Opening Space*
> On Mar 23, 2014, at 9:59 AM, Andrea Chiou
> <andrea.chiou at ascconsultinginc.com
> <mailto:andrea.chiou at ascconsultinginc.com>> wrote:
>> Hi all - first time posting here, though I’ve been reading from this
>> list for probably 1/2 year or more.
>> I’m happy that I can have confidence with the support of this group -
>> as I have seen, as recently as today, all the support that is so
>> freely and lovingly given - especially to slightly jittery new
>> The context for this email is:
>> My son’s high school here in Fairfax County VA, has been experiencing
>> a high number of suicides - six in the past 2 years, two in one week
>> alone in February. There have also been others at nearby schools.
>> Recently, the school sponsored a large gathering of administrators
>> and specialists inviting the parents to come listen. IT was a
>> one-way information feed. I described it in a blog post here.
>> As I mention in the post, my only suggestion that I wrote on the
>> ‘card’ they provided to parents for ideas was: conduct an open space…
>> I also suggested this later on a community Facebook group that was
>> established by parents to further the discussion and collaboration
>> around the issues of mental health and stemming suicide at our high
>> And today: I received THIS:
>> Dear Mrs. Chiou,
>> I am on the committee planning the upcoming FCPS Summit on Mental
>> Health. I noticed on the community of solutions Facebook page that
>> you posted information about the use of an Open Spaces format for
>> encouraging discussions and free exchange of information at a
>> conference. I followed your suggestion and googled it, listened to
>> the presentation and read the information.
>> I'd love to talk to you for a few minutes about the logistics of this
>> approach. Do you have a number where I could reach you?
>> Mary Ann Panarelli
>> Director, Intervention and Prevention Services
>> Fairfax County Public Schools
>> I am floored!! Amazed. Humbled!
>> I have not responded yet … :-)
>> My experience with Open Space is through Agile Coach camp and Culture
>> Conference in Philly 2 years ago. And reading this list and following
>> a few especially agile folks who are passionate about OS (Dan is one)
>> My passion comes from knowing there are voices which aren’t heard and
>> need to speak. I care about listening, giving people space to talk.
>> My extreme passion in this particular case, comes about from the
>> urgency of this particular social problem. My own son is still a
>> student there, and has grappled himself with depression/lows and
>> occasional suicidal thoughts.
>> So, the question becomes, what do I do next?. Of course, I will
>> respond to her with my phone number and a suggested time to speak
>> with her. And I will read the whole OST guide (I’ve seen that advice
>> numerous times, but now I need to get going on it).
>> What else do you suggest?
>> Perhaps I can be more specific with my questions to you after I
>> finish reading the guide.
>> Mean time, I am checking in with you:
>> I am glad; this is wonderful/scary.
>> I am afraid; first time.
>> I am sad; the trend of suicides in our community affecting our youth
>> isn’t turning around.
>> I am glad; I have resources, people and ideas; even though I am not a
>> mental health specialist, I can do small things to make a big difference.
>> I’m IN!
>> Thank you for listening!
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