represent a group of people who have consented to work together in the
development of Open Space related programs with Harrison Owen. Over the past several years,
these programs have been offered dozens of times all over the world,
and as our experience has increased, so also have the programs evolved and improved. It began in a very traditional
mode, with lots of lectures. It is now basically all Open Space! In addition
many of the Colleagues have chosen to offer programs of their own design.
Larry brings 30 years of experience in facilitating meetings and
transformational change in Canada and the US. He has been facilitating Open
Space Technology meetings since 1990. He has led over 140 Open Space events
ranging in scale from 600 to 6. He is a founder of the Open Space Institute
of Canada and active in the WorldWide Open Space network. He has led many
Open Space events at conferences such as The Governor General's Study
Conference 2000, the Learning Consortium's "Safe Schools", CQI Network's
"Putting People First in Health Care" and the Kivalliq Community Justice
Conference, Territory of Nunavut. He has led or co-led 12 training programs
for Open Space facilitators.
For more information check his home page at
ANNE MORGAN STADLER
Since 1990, Anne Stadler has worked with people and
groups that seek to open space for the emergence of spirited leadership and
appropriate forms for their collective activity. She has over a decade of
experience in guiding the formation of emergent organizations: as a founder
and principal organizer of Spirited Work, an Open Space learning community
of practice, linking conscious evolution with practical action. She is a
pioneer and fluent practitioner of Open Space Technology and Appreciative
Inquiry as well as other forms that open space for practical co-creative
activity. She has worked globally with a diversity of organizations,
including corporations, educational institutions, arts organizations,
non-profits and community groups.
She has seventeen years of experience as an
award-winning television producer, generating documentaries and special
programs that illuminated community issues and were produced in
collaboration with community leaders. She also worked for 12 years as a
founder and community organizer of a broadly based coalition to end war.
She is also a co-founder of Friends of Third Place Commons, Peacetrees
Vietnam, and Solidarity, a new effort to support Green Jobs for All.
She enjoys every minute of life with her family,
friends, strangers and the natural world
Lisa Heft is an independent consultant, facilitator and
Master Level interactive learning specialist with over 28 years experience.
She has presented and consulted in Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland,
Canada, Spain and the USA with business leaders, university students, faith
communities, peacemakers, young people, violence survivors, educators,
scientists, prisoners, union and management representatives, conference
organizers, researchers, activists and government representatives. She
facilitates Open Space meetings, retreats, events and conferences for groups
of up to 1500 people and she presents workshops in this and in interactive
learning methodology for conferences, organizations and communities.
Her clients have included the United States Department of
Labor / United States Department of Transportation, Glaxo Wellcome / World
Health / Centerforce, Catholic Diocese of San Jose, Foundation Consortium,
Grupo Pela Vidda (Brazil), FioCruz (Brazil), Partnership for the Public’s
Health, San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the President’s Commission on
National and Community Service.
Email Lisa Heft
BRIAN S. BAINBRIDGE
Described sometimes as a "Boundary Rider", and often at
the cutting edge of developments, Fr Brian Bainbridge has walked with a
large number of groups developing change in their workplace, their company,
and their world.
As a Catholic Priest, he has qualifications in
philosophy, psychology, ethics, and theology. And he has the distinction of
being the first Master of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology, with strong emphasis on organisation change.
After graduating in Management, his work in the mining
industry in north-west Australia was ground-breaking in focusing on
Supervisors and their part in bringing change into workplace productivity
and industrial relations. He also produced several hundred hours of
television, some of which was religious programming, and some of which
probed the first training applications of interactive media.
Much of his work has been with other-than-Church
organisations - private, government, corporate, and institutional, including
a number of significant international assignments. He has also helped change
the direction of several Dioceses inside and outside Australia, as well as
the Australian Bishops Conference and a number of Religious Orders.
Brian has taught and teaches in universities in Australia
and the United States, keeps close to thinking and research in group
methodology, has strong contacts with Swedish thinking in these areas, and
is always looking to change so as to make the future better.
He is widely known for his use of OPEN SPACE
TECHNOLOGY group work, developed around the world by Harrison Owen of
Washington, and is a leader of the Open Space Institute of Australia. Open
Space facilitation helps groups find a way forward into new and better
organisation life by co-operation and interaction rather than by competition
and confrontation. And it helps release the spirit of growth and initiative
that is always present in an organisation. In this way there is focus on the
qualities and commitments which will characterise the organisation of the
Harrison is President of H.H.Owen and Co. His academic
background and training centered on the nature and function of myth, ritual
and culture. In the middle '60s, he left academe to work with a variety of
organizations including small West African villages, urban (American and
African) community organizations, Peace Corps, Regional Medical Programs,
National Institutes of Health, and Veterans Administration. Along the way he
discovered that his study of myth, ritual and culture had direct application
to these social systems. In 1979 he created H.H.Owen and Company in order to
explore the culture of organizations in transformation as a theorist and
practicing consultant. Harrison convened the First International Symposium
on Organization Transformation, and is the originator of Open Space
Technology. He is the author of Spirit: Transformation and Development in
Organizations, Leadership Is, Riding the Tiger, Open
Space Technology: A Users Guide (Second Edition. Berrett-Koehler),
The Millennium Organization, Tales From Open Space (editor),
Expanding Our Now: The Story of Open Space Technology (Berrett-Koehler),
The Spirit of Leadership (Berrett-Koehler) and The Power of
Spirit: How Organizations Transform (Berrett- Koehler).
Diane Gibeault is a bilingual consultant with over 30 years of experience
in group facilitation, organizational change, training and management, both
with government and non-governmental organizations. She is a Certified
Professional Facilitator™. with the International Association of
Diane specializes in participative and innovative approaches for large
group interventions that enhance communication and create enthusiasm and
commitment for successful implementation of desired results (e.g. Open Space
Technology). Her interventions include recreating teams after mergers,
facilitating public consultations, workshops on transformation in
organizations and developing change management leadership. For more
www.dianegibeault.com or contact
Chris Corrigan was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He is mixed
ancestry, Irish, Scottish Manx and Ojibway.He received a B.A. (Honours) in
Native Studies and Native Management from Trent University in 1991.
In 1999, following a three year stint with the federal government,
Chris returned to his consulting practice, which focuses primarily on
facilitation and consultation, working primarily with First Nations
communities and organizations. His Open Space Technology meetings are
known for bringing high energy, profound learning, respect and empowerment
to large groups of diverse participants who are struggling with complex
issues. He is particularly interested in how Open Space Technology uses
traditional Aboriginal values and processes.
Audrey Coward has over 25 years of experience as a Educator, Operations
Director, Human Resources Professional and Organizational Consultant. She
has been facilitating Open Space events since 1993 when she began her
consulting practice. Her enthusiasm for the process is contagious. Audrey
endeavours to live in Open Space and is often surprised at the results.
She approaches her work as a teacher and learner. She enjoys being
mentored, mentoring others and the challenges that Open Space brings.
Audrey is an active member of the Open Space Institute of Canada.
Gail West has spent the last 28 years in human development projects in
communities within companies, government organizations and not-for-profit
groups in Asia, Europe and the US. As staff of the ICA, a global human
development network organization centered in Brussels, Belgium, she has
lived in the USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and is now resident in
She has been instrumental in contributing to ICA's "Technology of
Participation", and has for the last several years been in intensive
collaborative experimental alliances to introduce community building, Open
Space Technology and "individual potential" technologies in Asia,
integrating them into a transformational format for organizations
Gail specializes in design, facilitation and documentation of programs and
personal development to enable organizations to recreate their systems,
leadership skills, culture and working environment in order to become
Learning Organizations, acting as trainer, project leader, administrator
and mentor to business, government and community leaders. Twenty-four
years in Asia with the ICA have included long-term consultancies with
people at all organizational levels as well as community people in
multi-cultural environments. Several years were spent as residential
co-director of Human Development Projects in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Suzanne's work focuses helping leaders lead between the lines. Leading
between the lines is about supplying leadership with tools that go beyond
the classics of strategic planning and teambuilding and reach into the
realm of harnessing the chaotic power of these changing times. Suzanne
says, "If leadership's role is create conditions for success within the
organization, leaders must address not only the tangible and the linear,
eg, 'the lines', but also the intangible and non-linear, 'between the
lines'. Most of us didn't learn how to manage the non-linear in our
education, but we face the effects of not knowing how to manage it every
day. When we learn how to effectively work with the non-linear AND the
linear we promote sustainability and betterment of our organizations and
businesses, our communities, our lives."
She is the owner of a consulting practice, Maxwell & Associates, is a
principal in ProcessWorks, a consulting and facilitation group, serves as
adjunct faculty to the Center for Creative Leadership, and is on the Board
of Advisors for the White River Institute. Suzanne has worked for 20 years
as a facilitator and consultant in Fortune 50 businesses, as well as
public and private organizations of all sizes. Open Space Technology is
one of the tools that Suzanne uses as a non-hierarchical means for
unleashing organizational or community-wide creativity and change.
Katrina Petri, a German medical doctor and
psychotherapist, is the founder of Con•Cord•Consulting, dedicated to
helping organizations increase their efficiency and productivity through
the ability of self-organization and through individual and collective
creativity and learning.
Katrina enables her clients to develop a deeper
understanding of the whole system, and to engage in the journey of
personal and organizational transformation.
Her work is based on depth of insight as well as
focused on action by helping the client to create a learning culture, high
performing collaborative teams and new leadership styles. Central to her
work is the involvement of the whole system through Open Space Technology,
which she introduced in Germany together with Harrison Owen, Whole Scale
Change and Future Search.
To her work Katrina brings integrity, conviction,
courage and commitment. In addition, she brings her bicultural experience
and wisdom including fluency in German and English. She returned to
Germany in 1995 after three years in Portland, Oregon, and four years in
Katrina led the Microsoft Germany Company Meeting 2000
with 1200 participants. She teaches the Executive MBA Course on
Organizational Behavior at the European Business College in Munich. She
works with Health Care Systems, City Administrations, Communities and
Tova has been an Organization and Management consultant as well as
group facilitator, in Israel, since 1978. She works with the main
industries in Israel, the IDF, the academia and municipalities. With
academic background of social work (BSW) and organizational behavior (MSc.)
she is especially committed to both the wellness and effectiveness of
people in organizational settings as well as the wellness and
effectiveness of the organizational system itself.
Born in Poland, living in Israel since 1957, resided in the US for two
periods of two years (Rochester NY, Rockville, MD) she carries a special
interest in the creative dialogue and relationship between ‘center’ and
‘edge’ of human systems.
Was taken by the Open Space Technology as a deep democratic tool,
shining with it’s full transparency and energy, promoting creativity and
life in organizations and individuals who are moved and enabled to find
their voice in a crowd.
Gerard Muller is a Dutch Management Consultant now living in Denmark.
He has some twenty years of experience in facilitating change processes in
a variety of organisations, and has completed assignments in more than 25
countries. Integration processes after mergers and acquisitions, changing
corporate culture, and creating networks and collaboration in systems with
joint problems/opportunities are his main focus. Coaching leaders,
developing (virtual) management teams and facilitating large group
interventions are some of the key tools. After it quickly (in 1998) became
apparent that Open Space Technology had a bright future in Denmark, Gerard
founded the Open Space Institute Denmark and has meanwhile lost count of
the number of OS events. After a long period working mainly with
hospitals, in Denmark most of Gerard’s clients are in food
production/processing. Internationally some of his clients are Price
Waterhouse Coopers, Shell, Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly, AKZO-Nobel, and
occasionally organisations without money but with good people.
Doing assignments in unlikely places and encountering rich but very
different cultures while traveling the South Pacific he has learnt to use
stories, drama and the like, and is prepared to be surprised again. He is
a member of Hepta, a European Management Consultancy Group, and represents
Denmark in the International Organisation Development Association (IODA).
Gerard works in Danish, Dutch, English and German.
Jacqueline Pelletier is a consultant in the field of conference
and meeting design and facilitation. Fluently bilingual, she works with
governments, non-profit organizations and the private sector, mostly
organizing whole system interventions for large groups. An experienced
interviewer, she frequently hosts panels, interviews and interactive
televised meetings. Jacqueline is an active volunteer who is dedicated to
participative approaches and creative decision - making.
Karen J. Davis, a consultant with organizations nationally and
internationally for over thirty years, is committed to enhancing the health,
effectiveness, and joy of human systems. Her clients include private and
public sectors, non-governmental, and non-profit organizations.
Karen is dedicated to building the organization development (OD) global
community by working and learning with OD colleagues throughout the world.
She is on the faculty of the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile
and is co-founder of its graduate program in Organizational Behavior and
Development. For ten years she was a member of the Board of Trustees of
the Organization Development Network. She is active in the International
Organization Development Association and is on the advisory board of the
Latin American Organization Development Association.
Karen serves on the board of a large health maintenance organization as
well as on the boards of various community and cultural organizations in New
Karen has been involved with Open Space since before its naming. When not
traveling or working around the world, she lives in New York City, returning
regularly to her native Arizona. Summers, she is on her farm in Quebec,
Canada with her virtual office.
Karen describes herself as a "global citizen and gardener." The earth is
her playground and lifelong teacher.
Ralph focuses on closer connections between people’s ideals and their
work life. He helps apply the motivation behind dreams directly to
responsibilities. His clients have included communities, nonprofits
(environmental, human services, education, healthcare, and community
coalitions), and a wide range of corporations (pharmaceutical firms,
financial institutions, hospital systems, and many family-owned businesses).
A consultant since 1979, Ralph previously held management positions in
mental health and United Way organizations. He is expert in the use of
future search and open space, both ideal for whole system and long-term
Devorah entered the world of work in the 1960s on a General Motors roller
bearings assembly line. She is now managing director of consulting for
Designing Business Strategies and Services and professor in Mercy College's
Master of Science in Organization Leadership. Her work integrates her
education in business fundamentals and long years of experience in best
practices in mainsteam business with new paradigm business models. Devorah
served on the Board of NYC Council of Churches and was a founding member of
the Minority Task Force on Aids. She was named Businesswoman of the Year by
the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Association. She and her English
terrier, Happy, are now cheering her daughter Nili on in her first year at
Columbia Business School.
Avner is an organizational psychologist, working since 1978 in promoting
processes of change in organizations, businesses, government and NGO
sectors. He has an MA in clinical and social psychology, and a BA in
economics, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A managing partner in `Tmurot`-
a consulting firm, and Co-founder (with Tova Averbuch) of `Oganim`(anchors)
a consulting network, Avner is also one of the founders and former chairman
of `Besod-Siach` (The Enigma of Dialogue), a volunteer organization that
promotes dialogue between groups in conflicts within the Israeli society. He
uses the OST as a tool and a guideline for bringing people and organizations
to their full potential, through using constantly their freedom of choice
Anne has worked as a consultant in the areas of facilitation,
training, organisation development, strategic planning and project
management since 1990.
Anne's client base extends from significant financial institutions to
major government agencies and committed not-for-profit agencies.
Her background includes work as a change leader, project manager, and
training and development manager. Anne has a degree in management
(majoring in accountancy and production management) and her professional
training has been undertaken through a series of certificated and
short-course programmes and conferences, within New Zealand and
Anne has been described as a facilitator's facilitator with a dynamic and
humorous style. Anne's clients also acknowledge the insight she brings to
their business tasks.
In addition to her facilitation skills Anne has experience and skills in:
*Organisational programme review
*Strategic training, development design and management
*Functional and training needs analysis
Julianne specializes in facilitating Open Space Technology for meetings
of 10 participants through to conferences of 200. A firm advocate of this
process, Julianne "stumbled" across OST after she had been taught to apply
the four guiding principles of Open Space to her life. Having done that for
two years (and learning a whole new way to live!), she was told about Open
Space by a friend. A professional conference organizer, Julianne was getting
tired of "controlling" conferences, and this seemed to be a magical fit!
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Julianne works from a paradise location by
the ocean and takes with her the peace and spirit of this place to each of
her clients and to their gatherings. Julianne is very focused on ensuring
the essence of Open Space lives through all of the work she does, and the
results of each event speak for themselves… words such as magic, love,
inspirational and great change have come from the mouths of
participants at the closing of Open Space meetings Julianne has facilitated
Michael Herman founded Michael Herman
Associates in 1991, to connect the spirit, adventure and learning of
wilderness travel and the bottom-line, get-it-done realities of running a
His formal training is
in Economics, Finance and Healthcare Administration, at Indiana University
and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Prior to
starting his own business, he worked as a financial consultant to hospitals
and led "team building" programs for Outward Bound USA. His fascintation
with Open Space stems from its capacity for "organization building" as
ongoing and everyday business practice.
In recent years, he
has facilitated Open Space meetings for BP/Amoco, Lucent Technologies, DVI
Business Credit, Imagine Chicago, Education Queensland, the Chicago
Community Trust, the Chicago End-of-Life-Care Coalition, and a number of
other youth, corporate, community and government organizations, in the US
and beyond. He has led OST training and practice workshops and helped
create local OST practice groups in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Nepal,
Ireland, Australia and the US.
He is the founding
webmaster for the Worldwide Open Space community website at
www.openspaceworld.org and an
innovative contributor to the worldwide practice of Open Space. He makes
his home and headquarters in Chicago, Illinois USA.
www.michaelherman.com (with many
OST practice resources)
Trained as a biologist and forester, Mikk Sarv has worked in the field of
environmental conservation and the preservation of heritage before being
hired as advisor to the Rapla County authorities. Freelance radio
journalist, musician, and teacher of courses in heritage and shamanism,
founder of people's movement of rural communities KODUKANT (www.kodukant.ee
in Estonia. Used to conduct meetings and conferences with singing and
music for last 25 years. He encountered Open Space Technology in 2001 in
Scotland, Edinbourgh at Community Woodlands Annual Meeting. Mikk Sarv
provides training for OS facilitators and conducts OS meetings regularly
in Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish and Swedish languages.
For the past twenty-five years Brendan has been a facilitator,
educator, change agent and peacemaker. He has worked in Ireland, England
and Australia and now resides in Perth, Western Australia. He is a member of
Pace E Bene ( Peace and All Good ), an international Franciscan
Service in Nonviolence (
www.paceebene.org ) based in Las Vegas, Nevada and a Senior Associate
with Professional Training and Consulting Services (
www.pts.net.au ) in Perth. Brendan trained in Open Space facilitation
with Birgitt Williams and Michael Herman and is a member of the Open Space
Institute of Australia.
Brendan's learning in Open Space has been enriched by his experiences with
grassroots community groups, teachers, faith-based groups, prisoners, peace
and social justice activists, trade unions, leaders and managers, government
departments AND, most profoundly, from his life experience as a father of
six children where the principles of OS have been amazingly insightful.
Over the years Brendan has collaborated in the planning and facilitation of
retreats, meetings, conferences and gatherings of various kinds. He values
collaboration and cooperation, creativity and humour, listening and
co-learning as ways of assisting people and communities in the ongoing
journey of growth and transition. The spirit and structure of Open Space
provide the framework for much of Brendan's current facilitation practice
through which he seeks to create space for connecting people with each
other, with inspired outcomes and with peace.
Peggy Holman supports organizations in becoming who
they want to be. She strongly believes that human-friendly ways of working
produce solid, sustainable results. When she found Open Space in 1994, it
was the key to bringing that belief more fully into practice. She has been
opening space for organizations ever since, for conferences, strategic
planning, business applications and community building. She has written on
the subject and is a co-founder of the Open Space Institute(US), an
organization dedicated not just to the use of Open Space as a meeting
technology, but to Open Space as a philosophy and practice for individual
and collective living. Peggy is particularly known for bringing a blend of
challenge and support that inspires people to think beyond their usual
boundaries. She is proud that her book, The Change Handbook: Group Methods
for Shaping the Future (Berrett-Koehler, 1999), co-edited with Tom Devane,
has been so warmly received as an aid in transforming organizations.
email@example.com web site:
John Engle has been working with others to transform
the way international non-profits work since 1991. He lives in a small house
in rural Marianman, Haiti. He is co-founder of Haiti-based Fondasyon Limyè
Lavi, and its American partner organization, Beyond Borders
He is also co-founder of Wotalfa, a literacy initiative of Rotary Clubs of
For the past nine years he has been using Open Space
Technology with networks and organizations throughout Haiti. He is also a
practitioner of Touchstones (touchstones.org) which helps children and
adults develop skills in dialog and tolerance. He serves on the board of
directors of Open Space Institute (US) and, he is a "reservist" with
Christian Peacemaker Teams (cpt.org), a faith-based organization working in
areas around the world where there is unrest to deter violence. To learn
more about his work go to:
Judi Richardson, B.Ed.,
variety of processes, I facilitate development within groups and
organizations, inviting others to recognize their own inherent qualities
and emerge them. Our clients say I work "magic" because the process
is invisible to them, and the results seem like magic . . . major shifts
in organizational energies resulting in more productive, efficient,
effective organizational reality - teams that work together
collaboratively, committed to each other's success, increasing performance
and profitability. I utilize processes as an objective mirror to help our
clients assess the current state, as a catalyst assisting them in defining
and creating a compelling view of the future, and the courage to go for
it. Open Space Technology is a natural as one of our processes!
Since Thomas Herrmann "bumped into Open Space
Technology" in 1998 he has made some major changes in his worklife/life.
He started to develop the use of OST in the organization where he worked
(County Labor Market Board). In 1999 he started his own business and chose
the name Open Space Consulting. 1st of January 2000 he left his job to be
a consultant full time. Since then Thomas is dedicated to contribute in
the spreading of knowledge and skills around OST in Sweden and the world.
He has been involved in several national and international conferences
both as participant, organizer and faclilitator. In 2003 he was one of the
main organizers of the 11th annual International OpenSpaceOnOpenSpace.
Thomas is offering trainings on OST on regular basis.
Michael M Pannwitz
I have been a trainer,
consultant, coach and supervisor in the field of community and
labor organisation, organisational
development and social planning processes since 1965 in India, the
United States of America and Germany.
In 1996 I participated in an
Open Space Technology Training led by Harrison Owen and Romy Shovelton
Park in England. Well, it pretty well changed my professional life and a
couple of other things, too.
Since then I have facilitated
123 open space events in the public, nonprofit and private sector with
about 13.000 participants. In 1997 I organized and led “my” first Open
Since then I have been involved
in 18 Trainings in Germany, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Denmark, Poland
and the Ukraine with about 600 participants.
Over the years I have been
involved in organizing regional (Berlin), national (yearly Learning
Exchanges of german speaking facilitators) and worldwide (Open Space on
Open Space in Berlin, 2000) gatherings and initiated a Listserve (German
language Yahoo Group with presently 166 participants).
In Berlin I co-initiated Boscop,
the Berlin open space cooperative, now a registered cooperative of 8
open space-facilitators. Boscop aims to
support the professional and economic development of its members in the
field of open space along with supporting the spread of open space in
Europe and worldwide.
Since August of 2004 I offer
the Open Space World Map with the help of many colleagues worldwide. As
of April 2005 some 220 os-workers from 44 countries have included
themselves in the map, have a look
Jo Toepfer has been working as a consultant in
organizational transformation since 1995. He worked in Central and
Eastern Europe, Russia, CIS countries and Central Asia for a number of
years. Since 2000 he was trained by Michael M Pannwitz and Gabriela
Ender in Open Space facilitation and by Marvin Weisbord and Sandra
Janoff in the art of large group facilitation. Since then Jo Toepfer
has facilitated Open Space gatherings in 15 countries with a wide
variety of sponsors, occasions, number of participants and time of
Jo Toepfer was also involved as a trainer in
Open Space Training events in Russia, Hungary, Ukraine and Germany
together with Michael M Pannwitz and Felicia Schulz. In addition, Jo
Toepfer is member of the board of the ‘Berlin Open Space Cooperative’
and administrator of the ‘open space landscape’ - a data base in the
world wide web that records open space events held in Berlin, Germany.
For more please visit
Born and living
in Italy, Gerardo has been a group facilitator since 1995. He works
mainly for municipalities, research centres, local development
agencies, helping groups and partnerships to find their way in
planning and developing their projects – from urban regeneration to
environmental programmes, from welfare to local development issues.
He is one of
the founders of the Scuola
Facilitazione, the first initiative
aiming at disseminating the culture of group facilitation in Italy.
He also runs on regular basis training on group facilitation for
different Universities and training centres.
Was taken by
Open Space Technology as a tool for promoting creativity, effective
involvement of stakeholders, the spirit of small and large groups,
as well as a different perspective in relating to other people in
Funda Oral has
studied Business Administration and worked for several years in
various companies in Turkey and Europe. She had always
been looking for ways to increase creativity, participation,
efficiency, harmony and enthusiasm in working life and in team
work. She came across Open Space Technology when she had
started designing similar methods.
Since then she
has been reading, thinking, talking, discussing about Open Space
Technology. She works in organizing and facilitating of meetings
with Open Space Technology. She also works as consultant for
organizations to adapt Open Space Technology as a working
For some examples of her work : http://www.aatorganizasyon.blogspot.com/
Linda Stevenson is passionate about intentionally using the
simplicity of Open Space to allow an organization to adapt
successfully to complex challenges. For 15 years she has been
deliberately setting the conditions for the emergence of
structures and behaviors neither planned nor predictable, but
nevertheless appropriate, effective, and timely. Linda sees
Open Space as "training wheels" to remember what we already
know how to do and to begin to trust our capacity to do it.
Originally from the Boston area, Linda is now living in
Minneapolis and serves on the Board of Trustees of a local Zen
center, Dharma Field.