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Open Space Technology was discovered by Harrison Owen as a better way to unleash the power of self-organization in teams, organizations, and communities. The Open Space Institute of the United States (OSI-US) believes that inspired behavior can be an everyday experience and that humanity is limited by its perceptions of the possible. The OSI-US was created to grow that sense of possibility and make it a reality by focusing on: learning, research and practice.

Practice of Peace Books

In 2004 the Human Systems Dynamics Institute published a second edition of Harrison Owen's book The Practice of Peace.  In the book Harrison says "peace is a process, not a thing; a journey and not a destination; a flow and not a state.  Peace is the dynamic interrelationship of complex forces (including chaos, conflict, and confusion) productive of wholeness, health, and harmony.  The Practice of Peace is the intentional creation of the requisite conditions under which Peace may occur."  The book includes many insights and stories about peace as well as the power of self-organization and Open Space.
The Human Systems Dynamics Institute is no longer in the publishing business and has generously donated their remaining stock of The Practice of Peace, with Harrison's permission, to the US Open Space Institute.  So, we have found ourselves in the distribution business, and we would like to distribute these books globally with your help, since the world is in need of peace now more than ever, and can always use some more Open Space!
We are offering The Practice of Peace paperback books by the box, and each box contains 34 books
One box shipped within the United States will cost $50 per box (including handling and shipping) delivered by the US Post Office Media Mail with a delivery of 6 days.

International orders shipped by US Post Office Priority Mail International with a delivery of 6 to 10 days will cost anywhere from $135. per box to $225 per box (including handling and shipping) depending on your country. Just let us know your destination, and we will email you the exact cost of your order before placing it.

Please note that the books will be available only until December 31st, 2013, and will be shipped only per box of 34. You can order as many boxes as you like until the supply runs out.  For any quotes or questions, please email Linda Stevenson at
Orders and payments can be made through PayPal with the following button:

We hope you're able to help us distribute these books around the globe by the end of the year - what great holiday gifts!
Thank you,
The US Open Space Institute Board

Support the Access Queen

Tax deductible donations can be given to the Access Queen through the Open Space Institute of the U.S. The Access Queen, managed by Lisa Heft, provides access to the Open Space community and especially access to underserved community leaders who would otherwise be unable to afford it to make it to the World Open Space on Open Space in London. Thanks for your support!

World Open Space on Open Space coming up

The annual World Open Space on Open Space is happening in London this year October 11-14. Be a part of the world conversation about this world changing process. Read about it here:

Musing from our Membership Meeting

If you want to do a deep dive, the annual membership meeting notes and even the full audio are available. We did not use Open Space Technology, but instead kept to an agenda with wide ranging check-ins followed by two questions: How did OST impact the evolution of your own consciousness? What's happening with world wide open space institutes? And then we closed with check-outs.

What stands out? One board member was not present due to the illness in her family, and two who were present had immanent births upcoming. Several were excited about what was showing up in the Occupy movement, and how it is opening conversations very relevant for Open Space Technology.

For the personal question around consciousness it touched on personal evolution of letting go of control and fixed answers, of opening up to the infinite divine world where prayer, mystics and shamans are comfortable, of synthesizing and going deeper into what we and who we already know, and being a servant leader and a mid-wife. Open Space Technology is life changing, and changes our relationships with ourselves and others. We can see Open Space is, like birth, an event, and yet it is also a philosophy - about taking responsibility for what we love as an act of service. And how Open Space Technology is often a part of a journey that includes and touches on other philosphies and practices, such as Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, and Transpersonal Psychology, and Gestalt.

Around the question of Open Space Institutes around the world, we had representation for the U.S., U.K., and France. The WOSonOS coming up in 2012 has already been touching on the question of having an Institute in the U.K., but there is no decision to have one as it is unclear what is the purpose and process around these institutes. As a community of practice internationallly, what needs to happen. Should they be called institutes that compare car insurance quotes? The Institute in France dissolved due to power struggles an in part the lack of clarity of the purpose and mission. Yet the OSI-US has managed to succeed by not imposing hiearchy and instead has been a mutually supportive space. And although there is some question about how to do it, it does seem important that we find a way to continue coming together to keep the conversation alive globally and to hold space for open space, despite the legacy we have of divide and conquer that makes it so hard for us to collaborate on coming to solutions that can address what we need.

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