Monthly Archives: maj 2014

Open Space Technology – A “Technology” that Isn’t

When organizations (of any size) are faced with complex and overwhelming projects or goals – and little time to reach them – their leaders have two choices. They can choose to stress their organization to its utmost, driving executives, managers and their personnel into a frenzy. The stress and energy drain can only bring about uncertain results.

OR, they can use Open Space Technology (“OST”).

OST has proven itself to be the most efficient and likable alternative of the two. An Open Space facilitator ensures that simple ground rules are established, the relevant topics are identified, a marketplace is opened (using a bulletin board), and everyone gets to work. The organization using OST is responsible for making sure everyone is invited who might be interested in contributing to the process –from the cleaning staff to executive officers. Everyone.

It’s like stepping into our natural state of learning and sharing.
The world of IT is left behind and people interact face-to-face in real time.

When I trained with Harrison Owen (founder of OST) several years ago, the elegant simplicity and value of this “technology” changed my way of thinking about chaos and change dramatically. All the participants felt the same. The inspiration of the OST process – including Harrison’s many examples of its successful use – has been a source of renewed aspirations for me in my work since then.

Letting go of our craving for control, the magic of human potential comes to the surface. People work well together and feel well doing so.

The Great Wisdom of the Surfer
… consider these wise words, “As any good surfer will tell you, if you think you are in charge of the wave, you’re in deep trouble.”

Open Space Technology is the way to enjoy riding those frightening waves of chaos leading to new ways of thinking, creating and achieving.

It teaches us that we can ride the wave, not try to control it. However – you ARE in control of what that ride has taught you and how you want to share it. Good documentation and creative media keep the lessons of the wave moving forward and building results.

In other words, Open Space Technology – combined with writing that resonates – has the power to move mountains. Can you imagine a better way of solving any complex challenge your organization might be facing?