[OSList] Some Thoughts

Jake Yeager jacob.yeager at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 16:07:13 PDT 2019

Hey Chris,

Thank you for your response and your list of formative thinkers and
practitioners. Definitely something for me to dig into there!

Looking forward to meeting you in October!

All the best,

When the mind is quiet, the sun of your heart will shine once again, and
you will be free of problems.
 - Robert Adams <http://www.robert-adams.info/>

On Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 4:26 PM Chris Kloth <chris.kloth at got2change.com>

> Jake, thanks for the post
> I'm in general agreement with the idea that OST is not a thing; it's a way
> of looking at the world around us and finding satisfying ways to work in
> it. (I resist turning too many nouns into verbs!  :-)  )
> I also agree that many (most?) clients either don't know the term,
> misunderstand it, and don't care much about methodology... at least not at
> first.  They want a better understanding their own situation and figuring
> out what, if anything, to do about it. They also want to get a sense of how
> we might be helpful.
> I prefer to talk in terms of outcomes or creating new narratives more than
> solving problems.
> I do share the core values and beliefs that inform how I view the world
> and work with client systems. Those values, beliefs and methods have been
> informed by the likes of Harrison, Meg Wheatley, Carolyn Lukensmeyer,
> Barbara Bunker, David Cooperider, Barry Oshry, Marv Weisbord, Fred Emery,
> Bob Rehm, Ralph Copleman, Lisa Kimball and June Holley... to name a few.
> I am looking forward to our gathering in October. I used to be a regular
> in the early days, and have maintained my connection with you all through
> this list.
> Shalom,
> Chris Kloth
> Principal/Lead Consultant
> ChangeWorks of the Heartland
> 254 South Merkle Road
> Columbus, OH 43209-1801
> Ph: 614-239-1336
> Fax: 614-237-2347
> Email: chris.kloth at got2change.com
> Web: www.got2change.com
> On 10/4/2019 7:34 PM, Jake Yeager via OSList wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Some thoughts that might stimulate conversation:
>    - Open Space is not a "thing": it's a way of working. Open Space is
>    probably more properly a verb, such as "We're open-spacing..."
>    - Minimize the use of the term "Open Space": it's alien to most
>    people, and it reinforces the notion that it is a "thing" that you "do"
>    - Let an organization give this way of working it's own name if it
>    wants
>    - Focus on the problems I can help an organization with and on
>    possible outcomes: do not focus on the process
>    - Discuss my fundamental beliefs with the client
>       1. Everyone wants to participate in creating their own future
>       2. All answers are within
>    - How to make sure you work in alignment with belief #1 (from Meg
>    Wheatley)
>       - Everyone who cares is invited
>       - Everyone dialogues and connects with many others
>       - Everyone creates the organization's future
> Have a great weekend!
> All the best,
> Jake
> ________________
> When the mind is quiet, the sun of your heart will shine once again, and
> you will be free of problems.
>  - Robert Adams <http://www.robert-adams.info/>
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