World Open Space on Open Space


January 3rd, 2008

This will be a MUST DO in my calendar this year. Here’s some information from Open Space guru and friend Lisa Heft

World Open Space on Open Space 2008 – San Francisco, California, USA

Monday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 22, 2008 – Open Space Learning Workshop
(for anyone who has not yet experienced Open Space – to learn about process and pre-work so that your explorations at the WOSonOS event with others can go deeper – for those who will be unable to come to the WOSonOS who would like to learn how to facilitate Open Space – or for those who may use Open Space but wish a chance to learn more with others.)

Tuesday evening, July 22 – A casual conversation with Harrison Owen and the launch of his 3rd Edition of “Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide”
(some time with ‘the guy in the hat’ and opportunities to be the very first owners of this latest greatest edition of this incredibly useful book)

Wednesday evening, July 23 – Welcome reception
(casual evening with little things to eat as we all arrive from our various homes around the globe and visit with each other)

Thursday, July 24 through mid-afternoon on Saturday, July 26 – World Open Space on Open Space
(exploring learning, inquiry, applications, variations, use across cultures and industries, tools and resources, complex questions, initiatives you are working on or would like to start
– whatever it is that *you* would like to convene a session about as together we learn and share from each other about – and in – Open Space)

For any of you who may be staying over – Monday, July 28 – Fabulous Facilitators lunchtime conversation with facilitators from across the San Francisco Bay Area.

And be prepared to be surprised – there are one or two more events in our WOSonOS 2008 week and season!

You may wish to plan your trip to arrive a few days early – to acclimate yourself from your travels and time zones, and to explore lovely San Francisco and surrounding areas.

The possibilities are rich and diverse –

…from flying a kite or walking along a foggy beach in a reclaimed marshland ecosystem…

…to a windy walk across the Golden Gate Bridge…

…to taking field trips with your family or friends to Muir Woods to see the redwood trees…

…to exploring the great neighborhoods of San Francisco – for example:

o enjoy an Italian pastry and attend the North Beach Jazz Festival
o look for lost hippies and love beads in the Haight Ashbury
o enjoy the Balmy Alley murals in the Mission District
o walk hand-in-hand with your partner (of any gender) in the gay Castro District
o sample local organic produce at the Farmers’ Market at the waterfront’s Ferry Building
o take your kids to Zeum the kids’ museum or visit the Museum of Modern Art
o ride the cable cars up and down the city’s hilly streets
o eat around the world via cuisine from Vietnam, Italy, Thailand, Central America, Spain, Morocco and many other cuisines and ethnic cultures
o see diverse explorations of identity, struggle, humor and culture at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival…
o drive out to Wine Country to taste local wines and foods and attend the Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival…

…or just hang out with your old and new friends, sip cool beverages, talk about life and watch the world go by.

Soon we will open our registration process and give you more details about the events and opportunities associated with WOSonOS 2008.

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