Re: [ba-unrev-talk] Open Space World
I think the key point is who gathered at the coffee break.
I still believe that the good coffee break was the result
of the full year messy effort that resulted in collecting
people who shared the same objective in different view.
On Tue, 30 Jul 2002 14:15:10 -0700
Jack Park <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> by Harrison Owen, in the Introduction to the first Open Space Technology: A
> User's Guide, Copyright $B%%(B 1992 by Harrison Owen
> "In 1983, I had occasion to organize an international conference for 250
> participants. It took me a full year of labor. By the time I had finished
> with all the details, frustrations and egos (mine and others'), that go
> with such an event, I resolved never to do such a thing again. This
> resolution was confirmed at the conclusion of the conference, when it was
> agreed by one and all (including myself) that although the total event had
> been outstanding, the truly useful part had been the coffee breaks. So much
> for one year's effort arranging papers, participants, and presenters. The
> only thing that everybody liked was the one thing I had nothing to do with:
> the coffee breaks. There had to be a message here.
> My question was a simple one. Was it possible to combine the level of
> synergy and excitement present in a good coffee break, with the substantive
> activity and results characteristic of a good meeting? And most of all,
> could the whole thing be done in less than a year? The line of inquiry I
> choose to follow took some interesting turns, but essentially it started
> with the notion that if I could identify certain basic mechanisms of
> meeting, or human gathering, it might be possible to build them into an
> approach that would be so simple that it could not fail and so elemental
> that it might possess the natural power of a good coffee break."