[OSList] Renewing the Mission of the Open Space Institute U.S.

Harold Shinsato via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Mon Jul 18 14:10:56 PDT 2016

Dear People of Open Space:

The Open Space Institute of the U.S. has been "holding space for open 
space" since at least 1997. It's origins lie in the summer of 1996, 20 
years ago. In the beginnings, there were many serious conversations in 
the community as to the role and mission of such an institute, and that 
role has certainly evolved over the years. The board has determined it 
is time for us to revisit our mission and role, and especially to invite 
and trust the rest of the community refresh and renew our purpose.

Rather than have a mission statement, we hope instead to have a mission 
question. Or series of questions. What are the most valuable and alive 
questions for our community right now, and for the foreseeable future?

To start the "question storming", here are some questions that have been 
reportedly asked deeply within our community in the early days:

What is Open Space Technology?
What is Open Space?
What is Space?

And here are some practical questions that would help guide the OSI-US's 

How can the OSI-US best support our community?
How can we best work together with the community to co-create a broad 
and diverse circle of people holding space for open space?

     Harold Shinsato
     on behalf of the Board of the Open Space Institute, U.S.

Harold Shinsato
harold at shinsato.com <mailto:harold at shinsato.com>
twitter: @hajush <http://twitter.com/hajush>
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