Open Space Technology: A User's Guide / Edition 3

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576754764
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 346,422
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. I Open Space Technology? 1
Ch. II Preparation 15
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
Index 167
About the Author 175
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