Inviting Leadership: Opening Space in Everyday Practice
Open Space Technology 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.
So how can we do this everyday, this practice, these results? What are we to do when we get "stuck" in complex systems, diverse groups, and urgent and conflicted situations? What does OpenSpaceTechnology teach us about managing and leading, moving again, for everyday phenomenal results? And how does Open Space fit together with many other practices that are obviously benefitting leaders, organizations and communities?
- Opening the Heart of What Matters
- Inviting Everyone into the Question
- Supporting the Flow of Gifts and Giving
- Making Good on Promise and Promises
We call these the four practices Inviting Leadership. They are the distillation of many years Open Space Technology practice -- significantly informed by Appreciative Inquiry, Zapchen Somatics, Asset-Based Community Development, World Cafe, Search Conference and Participative Design, Social Computing, Integral Theory, and a number of other Methods?.
Inviting Leadership wants to share the common heart of these Maps, in ways that everyone can easily understand, and apply for themselves, in the everyday work of real organizations. /WorkingDRAFT
Meanwhile, the working and learning go on. Contact? if you'd like to be part of it.
Inviting Leadership: Can We Have the Map and Eat Our Cake Too?
The point is to describe these practices in terms of their deepest shapes and sensations -- to name the things we are doing, to give shape to our organizations, before we are doing anything else. We want to notice those innermost and early-most movements that give rise to everything else in organization.
- Opening the Heart of What Is (people and issues, what really matters, feeling the pulse, want)
- Inviting Everyone into the Question (passion and resp, issues and opps, seeing direction, have)
- Supporting the Flow of Gifts and Giving (one more thing, voluntary (giving), letting go/giving control, holding space, need)
- Making Good on Promise and Promises (reporting, accounting, gratitude, learning and contribution, grounding, realizing, do)
What are we willing to know? Who are we willing to show? How do we support the flow, so we can let go, and let grow, forward? Are we using all we have? And making all we can? (Does early-most mean it has to sound like Seuss?)
For now, let's just say that Inviting Leadership is an Inviting Question, that springs from the practice of an Open Heart, and relies on generous Support to sustain it, until Good can be delivered, reported, realized.
More as the outline below takes shape. The real trick is to be able to write/talk about it and do it at the same time.
Inviting Leadership: Putting an Open Space Worldview to Work -- for Good
- What is Open Space?
- HHO history... how it all began
- What's Working... How I discovered Open Space Tech
- What's Now... How I fell into Open Space (Fundy)
- Writing... Inviting Organization
- 9/11... the inclination to teach
- Somatic Organization... restore pulsation, rest heart open, leaps not replacing but complimenting usual moves, extending range of movement in core... bigger pulse 1.2.3... 126.96.36.199... 188.8.131.52.5...
- Inviting Practice...
- opening (heart) - observing reality - oh wow!
- inviting (movement) (leadership) - raising questions - please come!
- supporting (flow) - structuring markets - ready, set...
- making (good) - reporting ripples - look!
- What is an Open Space Worldview?
- WORLD: Conflict, Complexity, Urgency, and Diversity
- OPENING: Invitation, Invitation List, Logistics, Documentation
- SPACE: Circle, Bulletin Board, Marketplace, Breathing (Pulsation)
- VIEW: Appreciating, Inviting, Hosting, Rippling
- What is Inviting Leadership?
- BUSINESS: talent, marketing, speed, finance
- WILBER: purpose, story/vision, structure, action
- DO WORK: analyzing, planning, networking, investing
- COULD WORK: appreciating, inviting, hosting, inviting
- HOW LEAP: acknowledging, questionning, accelerating, challenging
- RESULT: embracing, ideals, fellowship, giving
- Working for Good (as practice, for benefit)
- DOING: invitation, invitation list, logistics, documentation
- FORMS: AI, WC, Zap, SC/PD, PM, Grief, PW, ABCD, NVC, BK, WIKI, BLOG, UofK?
- NON-DOING: one (four) more things to not do: assign, exclude, decide, forget
- MUTUALITY: wide/deep, knowns/unknowns, stability/movement, quantity/quality
- ROLES: Self (x4 dimensions), Leader (x4), People (x4), Meeting (x4), Field (x4)
- Practice / Lineage Stories
- Columbia, Philippines...
- where else have we seen people opening, inviting, supporting, and making good?
- wee spaces... hybrid spaces, start where you are, who you know, what you love
- Small Change News... want, have, need, do... into Inviting Leadership blog?