An international collaboration brings you Harrison Owen


July 25th, 2008

Harrison Owen is best known for his association with Open Space Technology. He’s just released the third edition of the User’s Guide – in fact, it was launched on Tuesday night in San Francisco as a prelude to the 16th Annual World Open Space on Open Space (WOSonOS) gathering that’s happening right now. Harrison explains in his talk why he can’t be at the WOSonOS, and makes some interesting observations about the 20+ year journey of Open Space, and a couple of challenges.

So there was Harrison Owen, who’d flown in that morning from the east coast of USA, speaking to a crowd at the Fort Mason Center; me with my trusty voice recorder as part of the crowd (and I’d flown in from Australia); and Geoff Brown at home in Airey’s Inlet (Australia). Between the three of us we’ve managed to record Harrison’s words and post a podcast on WinkiPod.

(Apologies for the sound quality – it’s not real good. One of the limitations of recording someone speaking through with a microphone. But it’s worth persevering to hear what Harrison has to say.)

And it’s particularly apt being on WinkiPod – named for the local surf break that Geoff and I live near called Winkipop – as Harrison talks about complexity and self-organising systems in relation to surfing and wave riding.

Listen to the 20-minute talk here. Enjoy!

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