[OSList] Renewing the Mission of the Open Space Institute U.S.
Birgitt Williams via OSList
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Mon Jul 18 17:23:43 PDT 2016
so here are my questions
What is the relationship of the OSI US with the other OSI's that were
developed in other countries?
How are the relationships carried out?
Why was this OSI set up as a registered non profit with the various
encumbrances of a non-profit in the USA?
What were the dreams of those originally involved?
What was accomplished in relation to those dreams?
How did more dreams get added?
What exceeded all dreams?
What disappointed the dreamers?
Why did OSI US move OS forward in the world beyond the borders of the USA
and how has it interpreted this part of the mission?
Why didn't OSI US zero in more on the USA, with some special focus on
Washington DC to make a significant contribution to a different
conversation in this country?
I am always interested in foundations....and what the foundation or
operating matrix is...either explicit or implicit?
On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM Harold Shinsato <harold at shinsato.com> wrote:
> Hi Birgitt,
> Thank you for very incisive questions. These seem important to answer, and
> not just use as source points for creating more questions.
> I apologize if the purpose wasn't clear. There are quite a few nuances to
> the purpose of the invitation to the community, but the overarching purpose
> was simply as stated. Renew our mission and purpose as an Institute. As to
> the nuances, these more subtle aims and objectives connect to our mission
> as we understand it now. "Hold space for Open Space". And that means
> keeping the learning and growth around the practice of Open Space alive and
> From our bylaws: " Open Space Institute is a non-profit organization whose
> purpose is to invite and support the use and practice of Open Space
> Technology (OST) throughout the United States and the world."
> As to our current "givens", there are definitely non-profit laws and
> 501(c)(3) regulations from the IRS which we have to respect. But the
> remainder of our givens as a registered non-profit are more flexible and we
> can adjust as needed. Our articles of incorporation are pretty much stock
> non-profit articles as required by the IRS. Our by-laws are more fixed, but
> we can change them as the need arises. Though we have not done so since I
> joined the board in 2010.
> Our full by-laws: http://osius.org/bylaws
> The OSI-US's "about" page: http://osius.org/content/about
> On 7/18/16 3:27 PM, Birgitt Williams wrote:
> Harold...wondering what the purpose of creating questions is. Also, from
> the beginning there are basic givens because OSI US chose to register as a
> registered non profit organization with a charter. Might you be willing to
> share the givens so that people like me can feel into what you are actually
> opening up the space for?
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM Michael Herman via OSList <
> oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:
>> who is the/our community? ...or communities? ...or what kind of
>> communities are these communities?
>> Michael Herman
>> Michael Herman Associates
>> 312-280-7838 (mobile)
>> On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 4:10 PM, Harold Shinsato via OSList <
>> <oslist at lists.openspacetech.org>oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:
>>> 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
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