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Open Space Technology Workshop

Date: October 18, 2002 - half-day in open space for 20 students, teachers and activists

Venue: Capital College and Research Center

Facilitator: Michael Herman

The main theme of the workshop: Imagine Nepal

The workshop had the following sessions:

10.30 – 11.00 Opening

11.00 – 12.00 Invitation for agenda

12.00 – 13.00 Working on agenda 1

13.00 – 14.00 Working on agenda 2 and 3

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch

15.00 – 16.00 Next step and closing

Gana Pati Ojha, chairman of CCRC, gave opening remarks with background and objective of the workshop. He mentioned briefly on the development of Imagine Nepal, meeting with Michael Herman in Chicago, inviting Michael to facilitate a seminar on OST, Michael’s acceptance for facilitating workshop. Buddhi Tamang added briefly on the development of AI in Nepal.

Michael took the floor and said some fundamentals of OST. They included four principles: (1) whoever comes is the right person (2) whatever happens is the only thing that could happen (3) whenever it starts is the right time and (4) when it is over, it is over. Then he talked of the law of two feet, concept of honeybee and butterfly, and be prepared to be surprised.

Eight persons gave agenda as follows: A1, BA1, C1, D1, E1 B2, C2, E3

A1: Education to all by 2020 Facilitator: HC Lamichhane Participants: Anil Shrestha, Ramesh Shrestha

Discovery:  Lack of awareness  Low female participation in education  High rate of school drop out among girls  Irregular school attendance by girls  Schools are not accessible  Inability to afford for school fees, books and stationeries  Child labour and child prostitution

Dream: All citizens of Nepal are educated for good quality of life. Strategy:  Compulsory basic education for all  Selection of right persons for making policies  Free education for all  Stopping child labour and prostitution  Minimum of one primary school in each ward  Free special education for disabled and physically handicapped  Interest free loan for higher education  Vocational education  Awareness raising program  Gender equity  High proportion of budget appropriation for education

B1: Awareness in Action Facilitator: Sahadev Mahat Participants: Rabi Chitrakar, Gana Pati Ojha

 Bringing knowledge into practice  Do it – action  Do not wait for others  Respect the social/ community norms and values  Be appreciative  Respect diversities

Strategies  Sharing  Blending indigenous and advanced technology

C1: End of conservative culture Facilitator: Mithila Gautam Participants: Buddhi Tamang, Tek B. Thapa, Swosti Shrestha, Sher Thapa

Discovery:  Positive change among people toward women’s involvement in modern activities  Women from Dalit groups getting free education  Cases of women performing funeral rituals that were traditionally done only by men  Women are seen to have participated in all fronts  Media has been a good source for encouraging women’s participation

Strategy  Practicing what is learnt through book  Greater participation of women in formulating policies  Removing the tradition that discourages for women’s freedom  Promoting programs that encourage women’s participation in every front of development  Equity between men and women  Male/ female equality

Dream  Parents behave equally to boys and girls  45% of women are leading in every sector of the nation  Daughters performs funeral rituals  Women sing songs that encourage them to be seld-dependent  Every women has her own identity

D1: Facilitate Open Space Technology Facilitator: Ashbin Pudasaini Participants:

Discovery: Find new things and new ways for the development of Nepal and its people

Dream:  Utilizing everyone’s knowledge and skills, abilities, ideas and efforts honestly in peace, happiness and prosperity of Nepal by 2020  Everyone knows about the mass media like web, internet and other media for communication by 2020

Strategies:  To provide information about open space technology in every village and cities of Nepal through media, books and publishing articles in papers  To use OST as a principal tool to uplift the rural as well as urban areas in Nepal  To use the four principles of OST for better Nepal  Provide training on OST throughout the country


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