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Issue: Organizing an Organization with Open Space in Mind
Participants: Amanda (convener), Penny, Doug, Susan, Gary, Gretchen
how can we invite new people/perspectives without de-historicizing ourselves in organization?
- designing effective induction processes to formalize membership (creating culture)
- strategies to build relationships between old and new members
- take care in using open space with obvious power differentials
- i wasn't part of this conversation, but so far this sounds like making things more difficult than they have to be... especially the concern about power differentials... in open space, everyone is given equal access to the information on and informing capacity of the agenda wall... this and the nature of circle naturally equalize power differentials, though sometimes this has to be learned and tested by participants... mostly people just need time to discover their power in the space. also, no need to jettison old history, just tell it as it's been and invite all people to work together to create the next chapter of the story. --MichaelHerman
how can we best intetgrate open space tech into formal governance proceedings?
- annual board retreats in open space
- ease authenticity into the org culture w/distinct activities
- blend procedural with oepnspace elements in meeting
- present a fact starter to bridge b/w and initiate open space
- ask a framing question such as "what should we stop doing?"
- further editorial here... the mixing of open space and 'procedures' usually creates speed bumps and turbulence for everyone present... --mh
is it a challenge of vision or a challenge of enrolling in the vision?... creating A LIVING COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS...
- ...further editorial... i think it is definitely not about 'enrolling in a vision, i.e. somebody else's pre-determined vision, but rather asking the questions and raising the issues and creating the space for people to surface, discover, and articulate their own vision(s) on the way to building the infrastructure needed to support each individual's working activity to realize that/those shared dreams. --mh