[OSList] The primary task of the OSLIST group

Harrison Owen via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Sat Nov 1 13:41:21 PDT 2014

Lots of memories, and no small amount of history... And Jeff you are precisely right. The electronic conversation began well before its current format – which is actually OSLIST 3.0. In the beginning there was TMN (The MetaNetwork) – the brainchild and baby of an old friend and colleague, Frank Burns, now departed for other places. I think TMN was the first public (non-military, non-university) access to the Internet. And in fact we were online for the first Open Space gathering in 1985. TMN gave way to Boise State, thanks to Murli – which then transmogrified into the current manifestation, with deep thanks to Harold Shinsato. So we’ve been online for quite a bit. And the details of the conversations have ranged widely – but the heart and soul have always been the same: We support each other and share what we are learning. 




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From: OSList [mailto:oslist-bounces at lists.openspacetech.org] On Behalf Of Alan Stewart via OSList
Sent: Saturday, November 01, 2014 9:03 AM
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Subject: [OSList] The primary task of the OSLIST group


G’day Dan and All 


In your response of 21 Oct 2014 to my post Re: [OSList] Respect in Self-Organizing Systems you muse:


“I often wonder what the primary task of the OSLIST group is.”


Having been a group member for about 20 years and having attended five WOSonOS 

I have a ‘take’ on this matter. 


This derives in part from a statement of Pablo Picasso that:


“Our meaning in life is identifying our gift,

Our purpose in life is giving it away.” 


I tend to paraphrase this as ‘… our gifts … is giving them away.’ 


One of the gifts I note in relation to ‘the primary task of the OSLIST group’ is that of knowing of the principles and practices of OST by the group members and our giving them away,  professionally and personally. 


In my case the 'beginning' gift arrived, in 1994, totally unexpectedly, in the post in the form of Harrison's original book, about which knew nothing. I had occasion to experiment with the process, as a speaker scheduled to present a few days later had withdrawn. Which I did, after reading the book swiftly - and on observing the response was forever hooked!  


As my ‘take’ is quite long and somewhat personal I would not wish to foist it on the LIST. And so I invite anyone who may be interested in this to contact me. Whoever does ... <smile> 


Incidentally, yesterday I facilitated a one day conversation for the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce <http://www.australianchurchesrefugeetaskforce.com.au/> . This has been established by a group of the biggest church denominations in Australia to care for the wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees. This event was held in Adelaide at their second annual get together and was to converse about their priorities in the coming year. Several participants had previous experience of the value of OST for such a purpose, which is why it was chosen. The concluding consensus – in my understanding - was through it this time they had accomplished what they wished. 


Looking forward


Go well




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