...for managers, facilitators and other business and community leaders interested in a deeper exploration of the issues and opportunities related to using Open Space Technology (OST) in organizations and living in a chaotic, self-organizing, Open Space world.
THEME: Opening More Space for Personal and Organizational Meaning in a World of Chaos
Open Space Technology: What has it been? What is it now? And where can it lead us next? Where are our growing edges? What have we learned? And what is now possible? Can it work with your people, in your organization? Can it help address your most important strategic and operating issues? These are just some of the questions that come to mind as we consider all of the Issues and Opportunities for Opening Space in American organizations and communities. Please join us with your own specific questions, issues and ideas!
This meeting is for networking and supporting each other, for learning about and implementing OST in the USA. As there is much activity going on elsewhere in the world, this gathering is specifically focused on the practice of OST in the United States. Please do invite persons from your community, foundation, government agency, association or business who have expressed interest in considering using Open Space as one way to make their next meeting better.
We expect and invite people and conversations at all levels of experience -- from curious newcomers to curmudgeonly veterans. Please note that this is not a training event, you'll be responsible for your own learning -- and the opportunities for that will be tremendous! Be prepared to raise your own questions, issues and opportuities for implementing OST -- and to share your own life and work experiences. We expect and invite a wealth of learning and contribution, shared stories and new experiments.
The meetings will be held at the Carleton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant Street, Oak Park (Chicago) Illinois 60302. For directions, visit http://www.carletonhotel.com or contact the Carleton Hotel directly by phone (1-888-CARLETON).
Please make your hotel reservations directly with the Carleton. We have some rooms held at a corporate rate of $ 119 (hotel) and $ 82 (motor lodge). It may be possible for a few persons to reduce expenses by /RoomSharing at the Carleton. You might choose to commute from Chicago's Downtown Youth Hostel or a home of local friends.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
The fee for the conference runs on a sliding scale from $50 to $150. Please pay what you are able and feels right to you. These fees will cover meeting space, materials and some snacks. Anything left over will be offered as funding for community project(s) that we will develop during the conference or will be given to the Open Space Institute USA. Conference organizers are working as volunteers, as their contribution to the practice of OST in the US.
To Register: Send contact, a few lines of biography and your interest in Open Space to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll post this info online for pre- and post-conference connecting.
To Make Your Payment: visit http://www.globalchicago.net/pmt or send a check to Michael Herman, 300 West North Avenue #1105, Chicago IL 60610.
PREPARATION FOR THIS MEETING
These meetings are intended for anyone who wishes to begin or continue learning about the practice of OST, which is an essential part of any transformation process in communities, in organizations and in our lives. After completing your own registration and making your reservations for lodging, extend this invitation to others who might want to learn about past successes and new possibilities for working with Open Space Technology.
Consider some pre-event studying, in books or online. Experienced OST users, actively opening spaces anywhere in the USA, may want to browse the new resources at http://www.openspaceworld.org or review Harrison Owen’s books, including his latest, The Practice of Peace. If you are new to OST, please get familiar with the basics as set forth in Harrison Owen’s book Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide(Barrett-Koehler Publisher). To order books online, visit http://www.openspaceworld.org/bookstore.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact any of the following co-conveners of this event...