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

Harrison Owen via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Tue Jul 19 05:07:44 PDT 2016

Paul – Good to see you! And I was struck with your question… “How can it possibly take 2 days to "teach"

OST and why would anyone ever want to teach it anyway ?” In my experience it certainly does not take 2 days to “teach” Open Space. BUT it does seem to take two days to get even a minimal start on un-learning all the stuff we thought we knew about working together – All the stuff that clogs up our space so that working becomes difficult and sometimes impossible. 





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 A few more questions ...


Warm wishes 





Why are we still calling OST a technology ?


Why is the LAW of two feel a law ?


If the "principles" are not prescriptions but descriptions why are they called principles ?


How can it possibly take 2 days to "teach"

OST and why would anyone ever want to teach it anyway ?


Why do OST "elders" on the OS list keep advocating dogmatic views about OST? (Oh yes you do)


What if one less thing to do was facilitation ?


How could OSI begin a humble inquiry into new and valuable ways of opening space? And learn from them ?


What questions do we need to ask that cannot be formed into latinised words and phrases ?


Where is open space technology when the world needs to open space most - right now ?


On Monday, 18 July 2016, Harold Shinsato via OSList <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 operations:

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
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