Canada Open Space practitioners and people
interested in Open Space exchanged notes on what is happening in
around Open Space Technology during
the OSonOS in August 2005 at
. Larry Peterson and Diane Gibeault made the
invitation for that discussion. Several new Canadian faces showed up to this
posted topic on the Market Place.
Ideas for future events were proposed and one
in particular is now being planned for autumn, i.e., an experimental
format, new to many of us, for holding OSIC meetings.
To find out more, see below for the report of that discussion on OS in
Michelle Cooper, Becky Peterson, Joe Szostak, Evan
Throop Robinson, Barbara Schnerder, Michelle Dunphy, Tracy Boyer, Andre Chiasson,
Daniel Gingras, Larry Peterson, Karen Fish, Rosemary
Nichols, Donna Clark, Karen Davis, Audrey Coward, Fremy Cesar, Christopher Comeau, Diane Gibeault.
Highlights of Brilliant
A brief presentation and
exchange on the history of
Open Space Institute of Canada
and how it operates. Each was invited to talk about what is happening around
them with OST and what they wished for in the future
- Offers OST to international partners and soon internally to
- Sensing a readiness
from organizations to try OST, e.g. in health.
More people are “getting it”, have a greater consciousness of OS helping
- government is integrating OST as its participatory structure. Wish: more OS
on Line and more training and collaboration opportunities to work on
larger projects together.
- Facilitates with OST and is committed to continue to work on
integrating it in the university despite the resistance at the higher
- Facilitates using OST.
- Brings OST in classroom and wants to
research how to bring it even more in schools.
- Uses principles of OST in her teaching.
- Uses OST for structural change in the
corporation at work.
- Works with a community group that uses OST on different themes, e.g. youth. Used not just for process but for culture
change. Wish: have a regular OS event, e.g. every 3 months.
- Facilitates OST as a consultant. Wish:
make OS known to the community and organizations.
- Consultant using OST for e.g. in
- More people see the value of OST for
change and for project acceleration. The
government has a better
understanding of OST now but younger managers
don’t know about it and want to micro manage, especially in an environment
that is very filled with fear. Teachers,
non-profit groups and others are using OS. There are centres of excellence
developing in various parts of
. Wish: opportunities to
continue to grow, ie, people want to go beyond
the event, see how OS can inform how to operate in their organization.
- Doing many little OS events. Integrated OS in a conference of 350
people – it was wonderfully exciting! Wish: More work with OS. Just
love how the agenda arises from the group.
- Am a mediator-facilitator. So many people in
are using OST in different ways.
- Took training, facilitated about 40 events (federal gvt & non-profit). Working with OS in education,
business and unions, on a big project with an employment equity federal
program and with the Neighborhood Work Program
which is training internal facilitators to use OS in the workplace. Is
documenting organizational transformation. Training facilitators on OST in
– next workshop in September. Wish:
develop local practice community with the 100 (approximately) trained
- Teaching OS in university. Lives in US and in
. Sees OS used in communities
and on national vision work. Wish:
see more done in communities on community, regional and national issues.
- Trained in OS many years ago. Enjoys participating in OSIC meetings and in the virtual leadership. Wish:
More opportunities to work together. Work on a collective vision for the
OS Canada Institute- see where’ve been and where we want to go.
- Is from
where works using OST. Is happy and grateful to be part of the
discussions to learn more about OST and to learn
about how we share ideas and function together.
- Been doing facilitation and training on OST in English and French for many years and sees an increased demand for it
and from varied types of organizations and from new places (e.g.
). Wish: an On Line OS for
next OSIC meeting in the fall. A face to face
OSonOS in 06 somewhere in
. More new Canadian OST practitioners and supporters connecting and being
active in the
- Facilitates in a private sector corporation which
has adopted OST as its preferred method. Focus
is result oriented, not cultural change. Opening space is what people do. OST is a set of instructions to help people do that. Interested in research – finding ways to open
space with other tools/instructions, how OST can
be used in various circumstances, after the event.
- Appreciate the openness and collaboration of the OS community-OSIC (versus competitiveness like in some other
- This network is an opportunity for mentoring. We can just call each
- Need to find ways to connect more regularly.
- Our next topic of discussion could be the future of OSIC.
- Organizations go in life cycles: flourish, decline and flourish
- We should hold the next OSonOS
to bring together geographical
extremities of the country.
- Use that opportunity to do outreach to former members.
- Consider using Civic Space, a free software to include people who can’t travel. Search for it with Google.
Where from here?
- Michelle and Larry, with the help of
who does part-time work for OSIC, will organize an OSonLine for the fall OSIC meeting.
- Everyone is invited to see the OSIC website: www.openspacecanada.org and to hopefully join this OST community that
offers among other things mutual support.
- Diane will ensure that notes of this meeting will
be shared with other OSIC members asap.