I learned yesterday that Anne Stadler died this weekend. She was 92. Thx Chris Corrigan for the photo.
I new Anne a little along the way, over the last twenty years. In the field that is Open Space Technology, Anne was a key founder who shaped the spirit of convening. She welcomed inquiry. She welcomed curiosity. She welcomed clarity.
I remember a misty fall day twelve or so years ago. Got to have lunch with Anne at her place north of Seattle. She served warm bread, soup, cheese.
And she served up a question — “What navigation systems are you using these days?” She wasn’t offering answers. She was offering a moment of exploring. I remember it felt good the way that she asked it. It seemed to bring a bit of sparkle in her eye. And it took us directly beyond chit chat.
I’m so glad to have known of Anne. To have shared a few spaces together. To know some of her eldering. To feel her in my heart when I offer Open Space formats. And to feel her in my heart extra today, living questions of navigation and such.
*** A Note of Follow-Up: I participated in a small group call a few days after this post. We were reflecting on Anne. One of the participants who knew her well shared, “Anne wasn’t going to lose opportunity for a playground of learning.” Big smile on that one!