[OSList] Seeking sample invitations plus any advice
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Sun Mar 4 00:06:04 PST 2018
Adding the inner game before looking at what to do:
Your question had me wonder if inside your teams heads is a distinction between „us“ = the non-conservatives and „them“ = the conservatives?
I once worked with a client (larger business company) where I came up against my own mind creating „me“ and „them“ again and again.
Whenever I write something with the expectation of it not being well received or even judged by others, I get into protection mode.
Than my words aren’t as inviting as I might want them to be. Instead they turn into "proving my point" or trying to „make the other“ act in a certain way.
My way through with that client was sitting in meditation before any interaction with them. I first connected with myself and then bigger intention of my work. I sensed into my energy field and the separation that I had created, and then expanded it such that I was including them and creating „us“. From that place I was relaxed and connected with them. Then the right words came easily.
Also, are there any „conservatives“ participating in the planning of the meeting? We know that OST works especially well when all stakeholder parties are involved in preparing the meeting.
Is there anyone your team knows who might identify as conservative and would be willing to contribute?
> Am 04.03.2018 um 00:52 schrieb doug via OSList <oslist at lists.openspacetech.org>:
> First, I question that open space will be a hard sell for conservatives. Include something in your invitation that speaks to them. "Do you feel that 'politically correct' excludes you?," "What happened to merit and a full day's work?," "When your do-gooding conflicts with my truth," or something similar.
> Also, I see you have 11 pictures of people on your Web page. I don't see any pictures of people who look like conservatives to me. How about an old white farmer, or a blue collar pipe fitter? Who do the reporters interview when they want a person on the street who is conservative?
> :- Doug. Germann
> On 03/01/2018 08:27 PM, Harrison Owen via OSList wrote:
>> Don’t try to “sell” them on anything. Just make it straight. What’s it all about? They will come if they care. Conservatives are human beings too.
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>> Hello dear OSers
>> I am helping to facilitate an Open Space in Madison, WI (April 13 to 15) - at a conference, "Engaging the Other <http://cbiworld.org/conferences/eto/>." We are hoping to attract participants from different political backgrounds - and recognize that Open Space may be a hard sell with conservatives. I am wondering if any of you have a sample invitation that helps explain and attract people from diverse backgrounds. Thanks!
>> PS If you are in the Madison area and would like to volunteer to help out - let me know!
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