[OSList] Invitation #2: Open Space in New York City - Martin Luther King Weekend

Lucas Cioffi lucas at qiqochat.com
Wed Dec 13 07:13:58 PST 2017

Thank you for the invitation, Suzanne.

I've heard great things about the open spaces held at International House
in NYC for the past few years.
I am excited to be there and meet more folks from this list in-person!

Lucas Cioffi
Founder, QiqoChat.com
Hastings on Hudson, NY

On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 7:55 PM, Suzanne Daigle via OSList <
oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:

> *Long Invitation*
> From the heart; I could not not write what I wrote.
> *Signed* Suzanne
> Dear OS community and friends,
> This will be the first of many invitations. To a gathering for which I
> feel a pull now more than ever before. I have not been able to find the
> right words to extend this invitation to you on this OS list so I've been
> sitting on it, and sitting on it. For about 4 to 5 years now, I have been
> partnering with Harrison and Karen Davis to lend a hand in hosting Open
> Space at this special place in New York City called International House.
> The Open Space Insitute US and many others have also been there to support
> and help.
> This year as I invite others, I feel its pull even more poignantly.
> Because of the world we live in, because so many of us feel a calling that
> seems more urgent, more critical and more important than ever before.
> With a tradition that has lasted more than 20 years, happening during this
> same time period and at this same place every year, people have gathered to
> learn Open Space or to deepen their practice of it - to feel its magic for
> the first time or to feel renewed by it with others *as if* for the first
> time. As I let my mind and my heart wander, I relive the moments of being
> there, feeling the presence of those in my life who have become mentors,
> friends and familiar faces. I feel myself climbing the well-worn steps of
> this auspicious place full of history, remembering the buzz of
> conversations, the silence, the reflections and the bursts of insight and
> courage that emerged so naturally. For those who have attended, once, a few
> times or more often, you each know what transpired afterwards because you
> came. Afterwards, YOU opened more space than you could ever have imagined.
> Countless individuals and entire communities from near and far have been
> touched, inspired and activated because YOU opened space inside yourself
> and for others.
> As I fled the Florida hurricanes this year, finding myself in Montgomery
> Alabama where Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and the entire Civil Rights
> movement found their footing, I felt in awe of the space they had opened in
> the world...courageously and strategically. Sitting in the Dexter Church,
> standing in the kitchen where late into the night, Martin Luther King
> questioned if he would have the courage to continue, to put at risk his
> life and that of his lovely wife and newborn daughter. I felt transported
> to the time later when he recited his "I had a dream" speech during the
> March on Washington.
> One would think that after all the sacrifices and all the bloodshed, that
> we would be many steps closer to living what is in the Declaration of
> Independence:
> "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_men_are_created_equal>, that they are
> endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
> are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_Liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_Happiness>
> ."
> It would seem that as our planet gets smaller, that we would feel more
> united and connected. And yet on so many fronts, we have reason to feel
> discouraged and despaired. Indeed all the ingredients that invite us to
> Open Space are there in its raw fury of opportunity.
> Harrison Owen explains that this approach works best when these conditions
> are present, namely high levels of
>    1. *Complexity*, in terms of the tasks to be done or outcomes achieved;
>    2. *Diversity*, in terms of the people involved and/or needed to make
>    any solution work;
>    3. *Conflict, real or potential*, meaning people really care about the
>    central issue or purpose; and
>    4. *Urgency*, meaning that the time to act was "yesterday".
> Indeed one could venture to say that there has never been a time in
> history where the need was ever greater to Open Space, to know Open Space
> and to be Open Space.
> PEACE and HIGH PERFORMANCE is the timeless theme of this historical
> invitation happening from Friday January 12th to Sunday January 14th, 2018.
> We invite you from the bottom of our heart and invite you to invite many
> others.
> Here is the link with the official Invitation
> <http://www.osius.org/peace-high-performance-2018> where you can register.
> With much love for this community - please spread the word!
> Suzanne
> Suzanne Daigle
> Open Space Facilitator
> NuFocus Strategic Group
> FL 941-359-8877 <(941)%20359-8877>
> Cell: 203-722-2009 <(203)%20722-2009>
> www.nufocusgroupusa.com
> s.daigle at nufocusgroup.com
> Twitter @Daiglesuz
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