The Tao of Holding Space


I am pleased to announce the release of a small book I have been working on for the last three years. It is called “The Tao of Holding Space” and it is a collection of interpretations of the 81 short chapters of the Chinese classic Tao te Ching as they apply to my experience of holding space. I started this book three years ago, when I began noting parallels between Lao Tzu’s words and my experience of leadership, facilitation and living in Open Space, something many of us have done. In some ways this book chronicles the essence of my own emergent practice of Open Space. In looking over it one more time, I realized that almost everything I know about Open Space is somehow distilled into these chapters

The book is to be shared, so feel free to pass it along and use it whereever that makes sense

Download: The Tao of Holding Space


  1. I am definitely going to add this to my reading list. Always enjoy your words that seem to add a soothing tone to what is happening in my life.

    You rock like the ancestors rock man.

  2. THanks D…that’s high praise!

  3. […] Marc Evers pointed me to a PDF book published by Chris Corrigan – The TAO of open space. I’ve never seen a book quite like it – it’s got chapters of the Tao Te ching on the same page as how that chapter translates to Open Space. […]

  4. Chris, this is great. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  5. Congratulations and thanks.

  6. Publish This!

  7. Chris, this is such a gift. Beautiful and inspiring and practical—all at once. Thank you so much! Now when people ask me about holding space, I pass along this gem and say “This is my intention and my practice.”

    Much love from Saturna…

  8. Well done Chris! I have been waiting for this. I remember having a discussion about it over a year ago. I will be interested what this new life will do, where it will go, who it will touch. I love the direction you have taken your work.

  9. I never heard of you, but i had the ability to write like…I found this cite by accident, but one the best accidents I’ve had in my life.

    I will give a copy to my family……..I haven’t read all of it yet, but I’m loving it…I think that i would a good idea to publish it:)

    The time is now 1:53am so goodnite, goodmoring:) God bless you!

    Nuff love

  10. never mind the errors I’m writing in my sleep…Not that it would have been any better if I was wide awake

    aha aha aha
    Goodnight…I still wish I could write like you:)

  11. This one makes sence “One’s first step in wisdom is to kuesstion everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.”

  12. One’s first step in wisdom is to kuesteon everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.

  13. Chris, your generousity is refreshing.

    To read this is to return to something we thought had passed, to recognise it again with freshness, to be comforted by it, to be inspired by all the other questing selves and to sense that all manner of things are right with the world.

    So thanks.

  14. the art of war…

    …He wrote that . . ….

  15. I’d love to check it out, except that the link is dead. Feel free to send me an email if you put it back up.


  16. Chris, this document is simply remarkable! I did discover one typo: on page 43, second sentence “…there is something else to day, …” should be “…there is something else to say, …”.

    Thanks or sharing!

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