[OSList] OST as a way to go in addressing climate change and other perils

Michael M Pannwitz mmpannwitz at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 20:51:45 PST 2019

Dear Alan,

my response to your question:

"Could bringing Open Space Technology (OST) approaches be a vital means 
to address constructively the issues we face as global humanity in the 
now Anthropocene with its perils and opportunities?"


Open Space Technology does reliably work for wicked isssues everywhere.
And we know how it works.
The experiment with the prerequisite ingredients is described by 
practitioners such as Harrison Owen and several others in various 
languages. We give it away freely.

So, what is next?

Greetings from Berlin


Am 19.02.2019 um 00:36 schrieb Alan Stewart via OSList:
> G’day Fellow Spaceniks and other Kindred Spirits
> The items below may be of interest to you.
> They are about the looming perils of climate change and associated ways 
> to consider and act on them, recently come to my attention.
> I have followed such matters keenly since I attended a presentation by 
> James Hansen 
> <https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/19/james-hansen-nasa-scientist-climate-change-warning> 
> while living in Hong Kong a decade ago.
> My question: Could bringing *Open Space Technology (OST 
> <https://openspaceworld.org/wp2/>*) approaches be a vital means to 
> address constructively the issues we face as global humanity in the now 
> *Anthropocene* with its perils and opportunities?
> See:
> *Opinion | Time to Panic - The New York Times 
> <https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/opinion/sunday/fear-panic-climate-change-warming.html>*
> *Using Open Space to address climate change matters*
> *https://jembendell.wordpress.com/2019/02/08/deep-adaptation-retreat-uk-2019/*
> **
> *We need to have a paradigm shift in how we view society and life.*
> *https://americanminion.blog/2018/12/16/we-need-a-paradigm-shift/ 
> <https://americanminion.blog/2018/12/16/we-need-a-paradigm-shift/>
> *
> *Also: **Fourth National Climate Change Assessment* 
> <https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/#sf-1>
> <https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/#sf-1>(To add:  Here is a report, 
> entitled 
> <http://www.multimindsolutions.com/?page_id=41&preview=true&preview_id=41&preview_nonce=1f89ef96f3>*Vision, 
> Values and Vibes* <http://www.multimindsolutions.com/?page_id=41> which 
> illustrates my credentials as a Spacenik!)
> *Tall orders indeed*! Yet are there any means at hand other than *OST 
> <https://openspaceworld.org/wp2/>* with its underpinning premises and 
> highly practical approaches to addressing complex issues - now needed 
> urgently to create a viable living for succeeding generations of we 
> humans and otherinhabitants of our tiny, fragile planet home?
> With young people, particularly school children, crying out for 
> necessary action:
> https://www.euronews.com/2019/02/07/this-is-the-climate-generation-thousands-of-students-join-netherlands-protest
> Next such events are happening all around Australia on March 15, 2019.
> *To conclude:*
> While I feel a need and associated responsibility – given the particular 
> experiencing I have had over nigh on eight decades of being an earthly 
> denizen (including participating in seven 'World Open Space on Open 
> Space' gatherings, beginning in 1998) - to bring these perspectives to 
> your notice …
> It is, in my mind, for you younger *Spaceniks* to make what you will of 
> them. Given that what I have drawn attention to here is likely only 
> another way of expressing what you are already aware of.
> Bearing in mind that,  as with great works of art, "Which cannot be 
> taken in at a glance" /Linguist I.A. Richards/, so it will be in your 
> grand adventuring ahead.
> Looking forward, indeed.👍
> */Al /**//*
> Al (formerly Alan) Stewart, PhD
> Process Artist
> Facilitator of conversations that matter and participatory fun
> Senior Fulbright Scholar
> Blog: www.conversare.net <http://www.conversare.net>
> Member:American Society for Cybernetics <http://asc-cybernetics.org/>
> *Member: **National Trouble Makers Union* <http://www.ntmu.com.au/>
> *Residence: Adelaide, South Australia, since 1975
> With time away in the USA (1981) and Hong Kong (2005-2011) *
> *_________________________________*
> *"Whenever we treat each other well good things happen."
> /Al Stewart/*
> *//***
> PS. If you feel in need of inspiration, you may wish to look out for  - 
> perhaps through your local library - a book of photographs entitled*'The 
> Family of Man'. *"The greatest photographic exhibition of all time ..."
> This was published in the early 1950s. And was subsequently exhibited in 
> many countries. I saw one of these, at age 14, in what is now Harare in 
> Zimbabwe. It had a profound influence on me.
> You may also find this little story 
> <http://www.multimindsolutions.com/?page_id=537>to be uplifting. ☺
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Michael M Pannwitz
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