Michael Herman
Inviting Engagement, Performance and Learning


Open Space Technology (OST)

It's been called meeting methodology, organization transformation, intentional self-organization and surfing the chaos. Since Harrison Owen described it, more than 20 years ago, it has enabled all kinds of people, in every kind of organization and community, to create inspired meetings and events - and to post phenomenal business results.

It has also become clear that opening space, the intentional practice of InvitingLeadership, can create inspired organizations, where ordinary people work together to create extraordinary results with regularity. This seems to happen even, and especially, in large, complex, diverse and potentially conflicted organizations when real results on critical issues must be delivered NOW -- if not sooner.

The list below is virtually everything I have (in writing) about how you can practice OpenSpaceTechnology in your organization. The top of the list starts with more polished pieces about open space. The bottom half of this page is my own open PracticeNotebook (below), with lots of how to details (including /InvitationWriting). If you find any of these things useful, please contact me. I'll be glad to hear from you. Thank you. And CopyRight.

-- MichaelHerman, practitioner, teacher, coach, and webmaster

Most Frequently Shared

What is Open Space Technology?

OST and Events (facilitated by Michael Herman) in the News

Training, Coaching and Partnership?

Where to Read More About Open Space?

Where to Meet OST Friends and Practitioners?


Ongoing OST Practice Notebook

Lots of nitty-gritty, hot-to details, variations, adaptations, innovations, and alternative views captured here as they've come up over the last many years. Some of these bits will help you write an invitation or manage logistics, others will help you better understand how to stand and breathe and think and support in the middle of Open Space.

How To Notes

Hybrid Designs

Tales from Open Space

Alternative Views