[OSList] [OSLIST}; The OST Theme...frame as a question?
lise at learning4life.dk
Mon Mar 24 04:29:56 PDT 2014
Hi Dan and all of you!
I so much agree Dan - to my experience it opens up to have a question.
iI "Fixing Arizona" I think the "How are we going to do?" or "What would
it take to...?" is underlying questions.
I am thinking and experimenting a lot with "challenges" - how to create
a powerful challenge. For Open Space and for my projectspace game
(projectspacegame.org). The words from User's guide are very useful for
that and I would like to add: The challenge/question opens even more, if
the challenge is made more ambitious - in the direction you want to go -
so ambitious that it seems unrealistic to achieve it. My experience is
that we lift off the pressure and anxiety of failure - and creates lots
of openness, learning, creativity...
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Den 24-03-2014 12:05, Daniel Mezick skrev:
> Is the OST theme always defined as a question? Is it ever offered as a
> statement? I'm not sure.
> I'm not sure because in the USERS GUIDE TO OPEN SPACE book from
> Harrison, the story about the theme "Fixing Arizona" is not a
> question. So, I'm guessing a non-question is OK. For the record, I
> prefer a question. And I tell clients to frame it as a question, on
> the hypothesis that questions tend open space and statements tend to
> close space...
> THE BRIEF USERS GUIDE (http://www.openspaceworld.com/users_guide.htm)
> is silent on the issue:
> THE THEME/ -- Creation of a powerful theme statement is critical, for
> it will be the central mechanism for focusing discussion and inspiring
> participation. The theme statement, however, cannot be a lengthy, dry,
> recitation of goals and objectives. It must have the capacity to
> inspire participation by being specific enough to indicate the
> direction, while possessing sufficient openness to allow for the
> imagination of the group to take over.
> There is no pat formulation for doing this, for what inspires one
> group will totally turn off another. One way of thinking about the
> theme statement is as the opening paragraph of a truly exciting story.
> The reader should have enough detail to know where the tale is headed
> and what some of the possible adventures are likely to be. But
> "telling all" in the beginning will make it quite unlikely that the
> reader will proceed. After all, who would read a story they already know?
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