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Open Space Technology (OST) has 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.

This page contains the most interesting bits about how you can practice OpenSpaceTechnology. These things have been created and collected over 20 years of practice, especially in the first half of those years, when I was learning and teaching most actively. It starts with more polished pieces about open space. The bottom half is my open PracticeNotebook, with lots of how to notes, details and adaptations. If you find any of these things useful, please contact me. I'll be glad to hear from you. Thank you. And CopyRight.

Most Frequently Shared Resources

What is Open Space Technology?

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

Training, Coaching and Partnership

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


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