[OSList] Who Opens the Space?

Birgitt Williams birgitt at dalarinternational.com
Wed May 8 08:11:24 PDT 2019

Dear friends and colleagues,
 "Who Opens the Space"

I believe that I open the space for myself. I show up. I make a conscious
choice about how much space I choose to open for myself, for myself as a
whole person to participate. Sometimes the space feels safer to me than
other times. Regardless, it is my choice for me of how much space I open
for myself in every situation, how much I choose to participate within that
self created open space, and for how long I choose to keep the space for
myself open.

I appreciate the effort and love of the facilitator of the Open Space
Technology meeting. The role is important, assuming it is carried out with
care and love and clarity, to make visible that a bigger space is open and
ready for participation. This is a valuable role. Yet, it is still me, that
opens the space for myself...no one can do this for me.

I appreciate the role of the sponsor is opening the space within the
organization for a conscious opening of space for a particular theme to be
explored. Sometimes the sponsor chooses to open a big space, sometimes it
is a smaller space...Both are fine so long as there is honesty about the
amount of space being opened. Yet, it is still me that opens the space for
myself to consciously choose my participation.

Now, I am wondering about the importance of providing the people who attend
the OST meeting with the concept that the amount of space that they are
opening for themselves is their responsibility. Your thoughts?

in genuine contact,

*Birgitt Williams*
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