Open Space Technology — Fifth Principle

Appreciating these words from Harrison Owen on the OS Listserve. It is all open space. Goes along with the other four basics: When it starts is the right time. When it is over, it is over. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. Whoever comes are the right people.

The 5th Principle is indeed alive, well, and living all over! Raffi – I think you’ve got it. At the very least you are confirming my experience that all the years of opening space (OS) prepares you well to see space opening wherever that happens. I guess the skeptic could say that when the only tool you have is a hammer, all the world look like a nail. Probably true, but I think this may be the exception that proves the rule. All the world is Open Space – we just didn’t quite notice it before. Of course that doesn’t mean that everything is open, free and delicious, for we all know of closed, dark, nasty places. BUT it COULD open, and that is the promise. This promise is realized in the Arab Spring, and presently in OWS. None of that will last for ever, nothing ever does. So I guess the secret is find a rhythm – open/close/open… Maybe that is what we do?

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