[OSList] What happens after Open Space? Any case studies on this?

Anthi Theiopoulou via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Wed Mar 15 14:00:16 PDT 2017

Hello Meredith,

Open Space (OS) is the START of an Organizational Learning (OL) application. OL replaced reengineering as it "the best approach to change" (Child, 2005) because it uses the collective intelligence of the organization just like OS. 

Contrary to OS, OL was not a standardized (and thus also not scalable) process until recently because every OL expert uses his/her own methodology. I had the honor to do a research on OL's best practices worldwide for the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) in 2009-2011. Out of this research many case studies emerged and out of all of them the best practices were selected and I continued this research in the University of Liverpool (2011-2012) in order to come up with a standardized (and thus also scalable) methodology of applying OL right after an OS which was named Organizational Learning Self-Evaluation Tool (OLSET). 

The case studies have been submitted in academic journals thus until they are published there I am obliged to avoid any disclosure. However, the quintessence and amalgam of these case studies (OLSET) is published in my book "Doing More with Less: Organizational Learning and the OLSET Tool". It is a comprehensive guide that you can use to apply OLSET/OL on your own and is available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1540513734/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

I am happy to answer any questions and help you apply it on your own with no cost or bring in my team to do it for you. A tip, if I may, is to proceed soon in order not to loose the momentum from the OS. 

I hope the above information answer your question and please feel free to contact me any time for any further information.

Warm greetings and best wishes,


Anthi Theiopoulou
MSc International Management

CEO &Principal Researcher, Organizational Learning Self Evaluation Tool (OLSET Ltd)
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On Mar 15, 2017, at 10:26 PM, Meredith Woolard via OSList <oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:

> Hello!
> My company recently held a very successful Open Space and we are now wondering “what happens next?”. After people have had the conversations and shared ideas, is there any mechanism or case studies of that being the START of a larger project or opportunity to make a positive change? Does anyone in this group have any ideas or case studies they could share? We’re looking for ideas on how to best move the ball forward.
> Thank you!
> Meredith
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