Category Archives for Open Space

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Using Open Space Technology

A post I made to the OSLIST today… I seek simplicity in trying to describe where and how Open Space does it’s magic. One of the ways I have had excellent success over the years in describing this work is … Continue reading

22. July 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Open Space | 4 comments

Practice Notes: Cafes for taking a conference to action

This week I was hosting at a moderately sized conference in Victoria BC with 100 regional public sector union members.  The purpose of the gathering was to increase the number of active members and to inspire members to engage and … Continue reading

27. October 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, Open Space, World Cafe | 1 comment

Using Open Space in traditional conference design

I have used Open Space in almost every way conceivable and what Lisa Heft wrote on the OSLIST today about using it with traditional conferences strikes home.  This is good wisdom, friends: My experience is that – if doing a … Continue reading

03. October 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Conversation, Design, Facilitation, Open Space | 4 comments

Visioning as the estuary of action

This is an estuary.  It is the place where a river goes to die.  Everything the river has ever been and everything it has carried within it, is deposited at it’s mouth where the flow slows down and the water … Continue reading

07. December 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: BC, Design, Emergence, Flow, Improv, Leadership, Learning, Open Space, World Cafe | 1 comment

Love and power, holons and process

Graphic from puramaryam.de Last night as part of a leadership retreat we are doing for the the Federation of Community Social Services of BC, we took a bus into Vancouver from Bowen Island to listen to Adam Kahane speak. He … Continue reading

29. November 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, BC, Community, Design, Facilitation, Leadership, Open Space, Organization, Practice, World Cafe | 5 comments

Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don’t get it – CNN.com

Douglas Rushkoff has a useful article on the Occupy movement.  I am actually loath indulge in much analysis over what is happening in New York and now elsewhere, because the events defy analysis, especially from a traditional lens.  But in … Continue reading

05. October 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: BC, Collaboration, Community, Conversation, Emergence, Leadership, Open Space, Organization, Youth | 1 comment

Lingering impressions from Occupy Wall Street

It’s been a week since I was in New York City visiting the camp in Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Park) where the Occupy Wall Street movement was in full swing. I was struck mostly by their process, but also by … Continue reading

03. October 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Collaboration, Community, Emergence, Facilitation, Leadership, Open Space, Organization, Youth | 1 comment

At the intersection of power and participation

Leaving New York today. It has been an incredible four days here working with my good friends Kelly McGowan and Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Lex Schroeder, Aniestla Rugama, Alissa Schwartz, and Aswad Foster. We were running a workshop called the Art … Continue reading

29. September 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, BC, Collaboration, Community, Facilitation, Leadership, Open Space, Organization, Practice, World Cafe | 2 comments

Working at the margins

I’m currently engaged in a number of projects that have me working at the margins, exploring margins, eliminating margins and generally working with difference, otherness, power and exclusion.  These projects include: Running an Open Space Technology event in September to … Continue reading

29. July 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, BC, Collaboration, Community, Design, Facilitation, Invitation, Leadership, Open Space, World Cafe | Leave a comment

Open space organization at W.L. Gore

A great article about the way W.L. Gore organizes itself which is essential an open space organization. Leadership is everywhere and passion and responsibility dictate what gets done. “Gore also believes that leadership has to be earned. It embraces what … Continue reading

21. July 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Leadership, Open Space, Organization | Leave a comment

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