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Open Space Technology Training and Practice Workshop December 12-13, 2002 Ashoka House, Bowen Island, BC.

With Michael Herman and Chris Corrigan

Cost: $395.00 CAN before November 30

	$450.00 CAN after November 30
	price includes lunch and resource manual

Open Space Technology Open Space Technology (OST) is a transformative facilitation practice that was created in the mid-1980s by organizational consultant Harrison Owen.

OST events have no keynote speakers, no pre-announced schedules of workshops, no panel discussions, no organizational booths. Instead participants create their agenda together, host small group discussions and produce a set of proceedings, all using principles of self-organization and the power of passion, invitation and personal responsibility.

Through an intentional combination of order and chaos, OST resembles the creative act of a mind moving from confusion and frustration to assimilation and discovery, but OST achieves this transition not in one mind, but simultaneously in several. Intense, focused discussion leads to mutual recognition of areas of agreement and disagreement, and thus lays the ground for knowledgeable participation in the action program that concludes with the publication of a full report on the group’s findings.

The process creates a unique spirit of community and introduces new possibilities for organizing work in communities and organizations through invitation.

The OST Training and Practice Workshop… ...is a two-day intensive retreat for leaders, managers, facilitators, consultants, community activists and anyone else who wants to open more space for renewal, visioning, learning and productivity in their business or community organizations.

The workshop is an opportunity for deep learning ABOUT open space, IN open space and AS the facilitator/sponsor of open space. It's a seamless blend of training and consulting, learning and doing, theory and practice.

Who should come? Leaders, managers and facilitators working with very complex issues, requiring the cooperation of diverse stakeholders, where conflict is quite possible if not already present, and where there is an urgent need for right action. And anyone else who is looking for a way to get beyond business as usual, for better, faster and cheaper results on our most important issues and opportunities. This workshop also has much to offer the most seasoned group facilitators and experienced users of Open Space Technology.

What Will Happen? You will learn about and begin to practice Open Space as a practice of invitation. This will take place almost entirely in Open Space, so the days will be full, the spirit high, the learning fast and the applications immediate. Each day will start and end with a practice-specific briefing and dialogue that will serve to bound and contextualize our time and experience in Open Space.

The first day will be all about the SPIRIT of Open Space. Our theme will be "Inviting Organization" and we'll spend the day wrestling with the deeper meaning of what it means to live and work in Open Space.

The second day will be all about the PRACTICE of Open Space Technology. Our theme will be "Organizing Invitation" and our focus will be the creation of invitations, invitation lists, program designs and follow-up plans for as many meetings, projects and situations as you care to work on.

The result is that all participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the OST practice, specific plans to apply it in as many situations as they choose to work on, AND a number of local colleagues who can offer ongoing guidance and encouragement.

To register To register for this practice workshop please fill in the attached form and return by mail to Chris Corrigan. Registration includes lunches and a resource manual. Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended

For more information please contact Chris Corrigan at (604) 947-9236 or by email at chris@chriscorrigan.com

Our facilitators:

Michael Herman is a Chicago based consultant specializing in working with businesses and community organizations in Open Space. He has worked closely with Harrison Owen in developing Open Space trainings, has hosted the international gathering of Open Space practitioners and has delivered this training program in North America, Asia and Europe. Michael is the author/editor of “Inviting Organization” a collection of writings and resources devoted to the practice of invitation and Open Space Technology. Michael is the webmaster for www.openspaceworld.org, the cyber home of Open Space Technology. He also maintains a professional website at www.michaelherman.com

Chris Corrigan is a Bowen Island based consultant who works primarily with First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, government and non-profits. An internationally recognized Open Space facilitator, he hosted the international Open Space on Open Space conference in Vancouver in 2001 and, along with Michael Herman, co-edited “Open Space Technology: A User’s NON-Guide” which is an extended conversation between 37 OST practitioners on the foundational theory and spirit of Open Space. Chris maintains a weblog devoted to Open Space and the inviting organization at www.chriscorrigan.com/osweblog.

Our location:

Ashoka House: nestled into nearly an acre of undulating woodland with lofty cedar, hemlock and Douglas fir flanking pathways bordered with delicate Japanese maples, native ferns and salal, Ashoka House is located on Bowen Island, a 20 minute ferry ride from West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay, which is itself a half hour drive from downtown Vancouver. Ferries run from 6:00am to 10:00pm almost every hour

www.retreatsonline.com/can/goto/ashoka.htm Registration Form

Open Space Technology Training and Practice Workshop December 12-13, 2002 Ashoka House, Bowen Island BC.

Name: ______________________________

Address: ______________________________

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Phone: ______________________________

Email: ______________________________

Enclosed, please find a cheque for:

		□	$395.00 CAN (for registration before November 30, 2002)
		□	$450.00 CAN (for registration after November 30, 2002)	

			Cheques should be made payable to “Chris Corrigan”

Please note: • registration fees include lunch and a resource manual • cancellation of attendance requires ten days notice or a 20% cancellation charge will apply

Please enclose payment and return this form by mail to:

Chris Corrigan RR#1 E-3 Bowen Island, BC. Canada V0N 1G0

For further information please phone (604) 947-9236 or email chris@chriscorrigan.com


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