Consulting in organizational and community development
Open Space Technology Links and Resources
This page contains links to documents, files and websites of interest primarily to OST practitioners and those wishing to learn more about Open Space Technology.OST publications
There are a number of essential books and online publications that practitioners of OST should be familiar with. Foremost among these are the books of Harrison Owen, the creator of Open Space Technology. Follow this link for ordering information for Harrison's books in Canada.
In addition to these books there are two online publications that support the practice of OST. Of special interest is a compendium of dialogue regarding the essence of OST composed by 37 practitioners and edited by me and Michael Herman. Called Open Space Technology: A User's NON-Guide, the book is available free of charge in .pdf format. Michael has also edited and authored Evolution at Work which is a collection of writings about the emergence of the inviting organization. Both of these publications contain a great deal of the theory that underpins my practice of OST.
Other books of interest to practitioners:
Open Space weblogs
Several practitioners use weblogs to chart their current thinking and practice of Open Space Technology. Not all of these weblogs are devoted to Open Space exclusively, but they are all full of remarkable writing and links to resources which keep me inspired. If you know of another weblog to add to this list, drop me a line.
Leading practitioners with informative web sites
These practitioners all have websites with interesting and useful information about OST.
Discussion Groups and Forums