In a reflection group around intercultural communication. It was presented as an authentic and dynamic method to consult big groups; from then on I had my attenae out for more! Came into practicing it at the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter in Brussels in March 2008. Since then I've been an active member of the AoH community, called the first AoH in French in France in July 2010.
What surprised you the most about this method?
The openness... What results can come forth when a collective comes together in this forum and through self organisation can reflect upon and define solutions. That the best service consultants can deliver to their clients is setting the stage with complete openness for them to address their issues. A conscious dialogue with purpose and intention ... leading to collective and individual commitment and sustainable results.
How does Open Space fit into what you do with organizations and / or communities?
It doesn't enough for me today! As an interculturalist, my work is more competence-based though I use collaborative practices in my trainings. But I am looking to service collective initiatives, inviting others to dialogue.
more about you
I am bi-national, bi-cultural,bi-lingual (grew up in USA, have lived in France for 35 years). For the remaining years of professional activity (I just turned 60!), I want to work with my heart ... Bringing communities and organisations to the magical results that OST can engender with their combined passion and responsibility.
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Welcome and Bienvenue, Nancy to the Open Space world community space - a sister site to the OSLIST: http://lists.openspacetech.org/listinfo.cgi/oslist-openspacetech.org (an ongoing English-language conversation among Open Space facilitators and enthusiasts from around the world). Feel free to join any regional, language-based or thematic Group you see here (including the Francophone group) and also ask any questions you may have about the process here or on OSLIST. And have you read Harrison Owen's book, "Open Space Technology: A User's Guide"? If not, it is a great description of the process and its origin, in the words of its originator. We look forward to learning with and from you - here and on OSLIST - about all things connected to the dialogue method called Open Space...