[OSList] Pain and Anger

Bronwyn Pagram bf_pags at hotmail.com
Sun May 11 05:38:58 PDT 2014

Hi there. I have quietly enjoyed os-list for a couple of months now - thank you for all the open sharing. Very valuable for a 'newby' to open space like me.
I have been asked to facilitate several regional open space workshops for an organization where there is a lot of deep-seated pain and anger behind the scenes. People feeling very unsupported by their hierarchy, lack of recognition by senior management that they are part of the problem, lack of responsiveness to past recommendations for action, and deep cynicism that anything will come from 'yet another talkfest'. The topic is staff wellbeing. The workshops are being done in the context of middle management concern for their people (they are the sponsors) as well as an organisational strategy refresh for which staff wellbeing will form part for the first time (senior managers are aware of concerns and also of several stress-related illnesses and staff leaving).
There is no prior experience of open space in this organisation, although the middle-manager driving these events has been exposed elsewhere. I would be grateful for any suggestions as to how to best structure the day (5.5 hours - limited by considerable travel time to come in/go home). I am thinking to include both talking/listening circles as well as traditional open space.
Ideally participants would take away some actions themselves... as well as there being some meaty inputs to senior mgmt for the strategy refresh.
Thanks a lot. Bronwyn

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