[OSList] Critical Testing

Kári Gunnarsson via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Mon Nov 24 03:23:42 PST 2014

Hi John

The next step would probably to identify some purpose in form of a research
questions. What is it that we are looking for, so that we can start to
think about what to measure.

On Friday, 21 November 2014, John Baxter via OSList <
oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:

> Hi Kari
> I like your intent, but I hear you when you say you fear it may be "far
> too difficult".
> Do you have any thoughts on viable first steps?
> (Beyond the immediate step of sharing intent to see what comes of it!)
> I am thinking of what in startup language is 'minimum viable product'.
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> On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM, Kári Gunnarsson <
> oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:
>> There is an invitation to some scientific rigor for our beloved
>> technology. I propose we accept this invitation as a communal effort. An
>> idea for a trial design would be to collect survey data where the nuances
>> of the lived experiences would be teased out, survey data collected by
>> cooperation among our grand Institutes and access given to unaffiliated
>> researchers to collect some understandings and make their own conclusions
>> in publishable science papers. It will probably be far too difficult, even
>> impossible the task of building of such survey database along with the
>> standardized questioners. And the time to build it was sometime long ago,
>> we are long past out do time. There is urgency to this task. But do we have
>> to do it? Well, is there a real need for this approach? I think we can host
>> this endeavor, even try to find a design that allows for a Double-blinded
>> rigor. My vision is that we design standardize and publish a survey that we
>> then allow events to use to collect data for us, data that we then give to
>> researchers where they can use it for their publishing needs. There is also
>> the Pandora’s Box of issues and opportunities. It looks like it is a topic
>> ripe for an open space, "be prepared to be surprised".
>> The new late majority folks are going for the theme of „participatory
>> processes“ and request an overview over the landscape. It is the new
>> gathering pole and open space is central for me in this arena as it is less
>> controlling that other processes. Perhaps tour rigor should be part of a
>> broader sense of analyses under the more general heading of participatory
>> processes.
>> But perhaps when we look at Open Space, then we must use the same type of
>> analyses as when we look at research approaches, like when we look at the
>> difference on Double-blinded procedure done by WHR Rivers
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._H._R._Rivers and earlier research
>> procedures.
>> A resent story on "time to think", two weeks ago I facilitated a short 3
>> hour open space for a local branch of a political on their internal
>> operations. There were also a lot of other things happening before and
>> after the conversation part of the program, some football fans even
>> disappeared during the open space to see the ongoing game.  Personally I
>> was happy that we had the lunch before the open space, I took some time for
>> reflection and thinking about the possible dream future and topics that
>> make us show up for the work. Then reflection and lunch was served, a lot
>> of chatter during the soup lunch, then back to the introduction of
>> principles … “Whatever happens is the only thing that could have, be
>> prepared to be surprised!”… democracy of the feet / the law of mobility,
>> the bugs and what they give us.  Then brake for topics. …  It was short
>> time and a lot of conflict of attention by the sponsors for the other parts
>> of the day program, but it worked out well. The passion for work and the
>> freedom of this technology opened for topics and responsibility that had
>> previously been submerged by the tyranny of long speeches and lectures.
>> Give a little time and then open up some space, works each time given the
>> preconditions.
>> In openness,
>> Kári the group coach
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