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Open Space Technology: A User's Guide is just what the name implies: a hands-on, detailed description of facilitating Open Space Technology (OST). OST is an effective, economical, fast, and easily repeatable strategy for organizing meetings of between 5 and 2,000 participants that has been used in thousands of organizations in 134 countries and just keeps growing in popularity. Written by the originator of the method, this is the most authoritative book on the rationale, procedures, and requirements of OST.
OST enables self-organizing groups of all sizes to deal with hugely complex issues in a very short period of time. This step-by-step user's guide details what needs to be done before, during, and after an Open Space event.
Harrison Owen describes all the practical considerations necessary to create Open Space. He begins with the most important question-should you use Open Space at all?-and examines what types of situations are appropriate for Open Space Technology and what types are not. He then goes on to look at nuts-and-bolts issues such as supplies, logistics, and who should come and how you should go about getting them there.
This third edition adds a survey of the current status of Open Space Technology around the world, an updated section on the latest available technology for report writing (a key aspect of the Open Space process), and an updated list of resources.
About the Author:
Harrison Owen, the originator of Open Space Technology, is president of H.H. Owen and Company and the author of five other books, including Expanding Our Now: The Story of Open Space Technology, The Power of Spirit: How Organizations Transform, The Spirit of Leadership:Liberating the Leader in Each of Us, and Wave Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self-Organizing World
|Ch. I||Open Space Technology?||1|
|Ch. III||The Electronic Connection||39|
|Ch. IV||Personal Preparation for Open Space||57|
|Ch. V||Site Preparation||67|
|Ch. VI||Getting Started: Creating Time and Space||81|
|Ch. VII||The Four Principles and the One Law||95|
|Ch. VIII||Time to Go to Work||103|
|Ch. IX||Holding Space and Time||109|
|Ch. X||Special Considerations for Three-Day Events||123|
|Ch. XI||Endings and New Beginnings||133|
|Ch. XII||Fringe Benefits and Follow-Up||147|
|Ch. XIII||What Next?||153|
|About the Author||175|