[OSList] Opening space online in times of Covid and Crisis

Harrison Owen SR hhowensr at gmail.com
Sun May 31 05:57:33 PDT 2020

It's been a long, tiring and wonderful journey ... having you and your
friends as co-jorners is  a delight. Which continues. Thanks! And by the
way are they ever going to release a DVD of your most recent opera?
Probably the only way I'll lever see it  and could be a marvelous tribute
to the millions who are suffering and dead.


On Sat, May 30, 2020 at 1:55 PM Phelim McDermott via OSList <
oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:

> Hello Dear Open Space friends.
> Over the last few weeks we at our theater co Improbable have been on a
> fast track journey of learning how to open space for our communities
> online. This has involved facilitating events for some of the many
> communities we are connected to: Arts centres, artists support networks and
> the wider UK theatre community. As you may know we’ve been opening space
> for 15 years at our Devoted and Disgruntled gatherings in embodied space…
> www.devotedanddisgruntled.com
> We have so far done a number of pilots and four public events. Each of
> these have had about 80-100 participants. Our first events filled fast in
> 48 hours and we are now scaling and scheduling another next Tuesday 2nd to
> accommodate the waiting list of over 250 people. The theater community here
> is challenged and needs urgently to have spaces where meaningful
> conversations can happen in a more hierarchically fluid way as our theatre
> buildings and freelancers are in crisis  We are just at the beginning of
> this and there is much more to discover.
> All of this would not be possible without the incredible help and support
> of this open space community.
> I am and always have been in awe of the generosity of spirit that this
> group of people has. Special thanks to Suzanne Daigle, Tom Brown, Paul Levy
> and many others on the OS hotline and elsewhere forgive me if i forget.
> But most of all Lucas Cioffi who has been incredibly supportive in helping
> us ratchet this up as the need has been so urgent. Lucas has been ever
> present often in the background, guiding us to find our way of using QIQO
> simply and effectively with our own style.
> We are going to do an interview about our events and use of Qiqo for our
> D&D events for Lucas but I just wanted to mention a few moments in closing
> circle which have been truly touching. Many of our participants have
> already been on zoom for hours and in many meetings online in these weeks
> as we have had to navigate lockdown from our homes.
> Despite this people have reported such things as.. "This has felt like the
> first time I have been out in a public space since lockdown." "This is the
> first time where I have felt energised and hopeful rather than drained by
> an online meeting" and "This is the first time I have been in a truly
> creative space since all this happened."
> We will be publishing the first three reports from last week at the
> beginning of next week and will keep people posted as we continue to open
> space for our theatre community which obviously considers gathering to be
> at the heart pf their lives and practice and have cruelly had this
> possibility stolen by circumstance.
> I mention the generosity of the people here and of course I know this all
> arises from the wellspring of spirit which was Harrison's original gift of
> letting us know about what he and his fellow conspirators had discovered
> when they first came upon Open Space Technology. From a tired and energised
> open space friend
> lots of love
> Phelim
> www.improbable.co.uk
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