Michael Herman
Opening Space for Business Agility

 
 
 
The following were collected by my friend JulieSmith?. Then ChrisCorrigan? did a search and replace, substituting 'open space' for 'peace.' We thought it was interesting to see how easily the two can be interchanged. --MichaelHerman

Open Space is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we have no Open Space, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death ... I think… Open Space and tranquility will return again. Anne Frank

Open Space is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Open Space is not merely an absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting Open Space can come only to Open Spaceful people. Jawaharlal Nehru

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be Open Spaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of Open Space work. Thich Nhat Hanh

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. Helen Keller

Each one has to find his Open Space from within. And Open Space to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi

Other people do not have to change for us to experience Open Space of mind. Gerald Jampolsky

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. Thomas Alva Edison

Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius

There is no way to Open Space, Open Space is the way. A. J. Muste

Open Space is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it. Thomas Merton

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border? Pablo Casals

Women prevent the threads of life from being broken. The finest minds have always understood the Open Space making role of women. Mikhail Gorbachev

'''While you are proclaiming Open Space with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.''' St. Francis of Assisi

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Open Space has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

There can never be Open Space between nations until there is first known that true Open Space which … is within the souls of men. Black Elk

Open Space cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction. Albert Einstein

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible- not to have to run away. Dag Hammarskjold

If you want to make Open Space, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. Moshe Dayan

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

Productive work, love and thought are possible only if a person can be, when necessary, quiet and alone. To be able to listen to oneself is the necessary condition for relating oneself to others. Erich Fromm

We must be the change we wish to see. Mahatma Gandhi

There never was a good war or a bad Open Space. Benjamin Franklin

Open Space that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of Open Space. Gersonides

It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person's feeling of self worth, even an opponent's. We all need, constantly, an advance of trust and affirmation. Bernard Haring

I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned from this war. Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)

You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself. Gene Mauch

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

In India when we meet and part we often say, "Namaste," which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides; I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of Open Space. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us….. "Namaste." Ram Dass

If you want to make Open Space with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Martin Luther King, Jr.

STRANGE GAME. THE ONLY WINNING MOVE IS NOT TO PLAY. Joshua (the computer simulation in War Games after trying to find a way to "win" at nuclear war)

There is a certain kind of Open Space that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that. The Open Space I am thinking of is not at the mercy of history's rule, nor is it a passive surrender to the status quo. The Open Space I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one -- an activity that occurs most naturally, most often in the reading/ writing world we live in. Accessible as it is, this particular kind of Open Space warrants vigilance. Toni Morrison

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen. Henry David Thoreau

Many oppressors are also oppressed. Nonviolent confrontation is the only confrontation that allows us to respond realistically to such complexity. Jane Meyerding

Open Space is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. Benedict de Spinoza

Open Space is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. John F. Kennedy

You can't separate Open Space from freedom because no one can be at Open Space unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

World Open Space will never be stable until enough of us find inner Open Space to stabilize it. Peace Pilgrim

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Otto Rank

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. Booker T. Washington

The choice before us is chaos or community. Martin Luther King

All we are saying is give Open Space a chance. John Lennon

An Open Space above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. William Shakespeare

There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. Emma Goldman

Our deepest fear in not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Nelson Mandela

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always. Mahatma Gandhi

There’s so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us, it’s hard to know which of us ought to reform the rest of us. Ogden Nash

Right human relations is the only true Open Space. Alice A. Bailey

Nothing can bring you Open Space but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be careful how you interpret the world: it is like that. Erich Heller

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain… until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety – to its security and Open Space; persevered from annihilation only by the care, the work, and I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. Adlai Stevenson

Open Space, like charity, begins at home. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Dwell in possibility. Emily Dickinson

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. Ralph Waldo Emerson