[OSList] Open Spaces research

Artur Silva via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Sat Nov 15 06:12:43 PST 2014

Hi Brian:

 I agree with Harrisonthat Academia tends to avoid the subject of OST. But this can also be seen asan opportunity for your Institute ;-)

 Nevertheless thiscommunity has been able to find some quotable references (other than Harrison'sbooks and papers). You can see them here: OpenSpaceWorld: ResearchActivities







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 Academic Research on Open Space Technology Thanks to [LarryPeterson] and [LisaHeft] for finding most of these research papers focusing on Open Space Technology see also:

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  In what concernsPortugal, I have only heard of a PhD using OST (or similar) in a context ofblended learning. At least a paper has been published: Isabel Pereira, AntonioDias Figueiredo, 2010, Extending open space technology for blended learning,10th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.

 You may find the paperat “academia.edu” searching for the 2nd Author.



      From: Harrison Owen via OSList <oslist at lists.openspacetech.org>
 To: 'Bryan Rill' <blrill at me.com>; 'World wide Open Space Technology email list' <oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> 
 Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 2:32 PM
 Subject: Re: [OSList] Open Spaces research
#yiv9637677735 #yiv9637677735 -- _filtered #yiv9637677735 {panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv9637677735 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv9637677735 {font-family:Tahoma;panose-1:2 11 6 4 3 5 4 4 2 4;} _filtered #yiv9637677735 {font-family:Consolas;panose-1:2 11 6 9 2 2 4 3 2 4;}#yiv9637677735 #yiv9637677735 p.yiv9637677735MsoNormal, #yiv9637677735 li.yiv9637677735MsoNormal, #yiv9637677735 div.yiv9637677735MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;}#yiv9637677735 a:link, #yiv9637677735 span.yiv9637677735MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv9637677735 a:visited, #yiv9637677735 span.yiv9637677735MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv9637677735 span.yiv9637677735EmailStyle17 {color:#1F497D;}#yiv9637677735 .yiv9637677735MsoChpDefault {font-size:10.0pt;} _filtered #yiv9637677735 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv9637677735 div.yiv9637677735WordSection1 {}#yiv9637677735 Brian... Nice to hear from you. And, as you already know or will shortly find out, solid research regarding Open Space is in very short supply. For reasons best known to itself, Academe has assiduously avoided the subject. With the exception of a few dissertations, all good and useful to be sure, there has never been (to the best of my knowledge) any serious, peer reviewed research. Odd, to say the least. I do have my suspicions as to the rationale, or lack thereof...but it is pretty much virgin territory with lots of rich findings just waiting for discovery.  What Academe has chosen to ignore has not gone unnoticed, and I don’t think it would be stretching a point to say that OSLIST, this funny old listserve, is in fact a multiyear research conference conducted by the folks who know it best – the practitioners of Open Space from all over the world. It may not observe the standard protocols -- random, double blind studies and such -- but the discussion is rigorous and quite often heated. Lots to look at.  And if you will forgive a personal note, you might check out my last book, “Wave Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self Organizing World” It struck me some years ago that Open Space sets itself up very nicely as a Natural Experiment. We have clearly defined experimental pre-conditions, a standard process, with comparable outcomes. As a Natural Experiment, the standard controls are largely absent, however in the way of natural experiments, very large numbers tend to make up for this lack. In the case of Open Space, there have been roughly 300,000 iterations of the experiment, conducted in 146 countries over 29 years. The book is essentially my “Final Report.” The personal biases are obvious, but I think the data is pretty strong. Enjoy.  Harrison  Winter Address7808 River Falls DrivePotomac, MD 20854301-365-2093  Summer Address189 Beaucaire Ave.Camden, ME 04843207-763-3261  Websites www.openspaceworld.comwww.ho-image.comOSLIST To subscribe, unsubscribe, change your options, view the archives of OSLIST Go to:http://lists.openspacetech.org/listinfo.cgi/oslist-openspacetech.org  

From: OSList [mailto:oslist-bounces at lists.openspacetech.org] On Behalf Of Bryan Rill via OSList
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 12:34 AM
To: oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Subject: [OSList] Open Spaces research  Dear Harrison and other Open Spacers,  I would like introduce myself and make a request regarding research into the efficacy of Open Spaces.   My name is Bryan, and I recently founded the Co-Creation Institute at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. CCI, as we call it here, is a space to facilitate personal and organizational transformation, with a strong base in presence and reflective dialogue. Our objective is to create new cultures of innovation that combine interactive environments with co-creative facilitation. I invite you to explore our program, but more importantly I would like to know more about existing research. Co-Creation and presence training will benefit from empirical research, and I am now looking for related research projects to inspect the methodology, issues raised, and future directions that we may push.   Open Spaces integrates many of the principles that we draw inspiration from, and I am planning on implementing it as a framework within CCI. While I have read many discussions and the text on Open spaces, I would like to find out more about how others have conducted research. If anyone has such information, please contact me any time. Our program would benefit from your experience. 

Kindest Regards,

Bryan Rill, PhD
Director, Co-Creation Institute
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
School of Design
brrill at polyu.edu.hk
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