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About the Board

Current OSI-US Board Members

Emeritus OSI-US Board Members

Board Governance The Board of Directors is guided by Open Space Technology principles. In Practice:

  • Passion determines involvement
  • Continually seek the simplest way to accomplish our tasks

You are welcome to join board meetings by sending an email to info@osius.org or contacting any board member above and we can coordinate the best time for you to participate. If you are interested in joining the board this is the best way to start.

Our Agreements:

  • Focus on serving our purpose
  • Maintain the financial health of OSI (US)
  • Meet monthly for approximately one-hour teleconference meetings
  • Record our monthly discussions and actions
  • Respond to member contacts based upon agreements reached on board calls or e-mail exchanges
  • Assist in developing membership (including our own)
  • Perform staff functions (since we have no staff)
  • Reach decisions among whomever comes to our meetings
  • Welcome anyone offering to join us in the work of this Board

Our Activity


Legal Structure

The Open Space Institute(US) holds space for Open Space. Open Space Institute(US) serves by:

  • Providing access to resources on Open Space,
  • Connecting individuals and groups to inform, inspire, mentor, and sustain each other in opening and holding space, AND
  • Being an inclusive learning community.

OSI-USA Board Member History Membership generally changes following the Open Space on Open Space (OSonOS), as that is where the annual member meeting takes place. The cities listed are the sites of OSonOS that year.

July, 1996 (original formation)

  • Neil Holman (-97)
  • Lee Hartwell (-97)
  • Peggy Holman
  • Fidelma McGinn? (-97)

1997 - Toronto

  • Leon De King (-06)
  • Sheila Isaakson (-99)
  • Clarice Seiden (-01)

1998 - Monterey

  • Roy Mayhugh (-98)
  • Jeff Aitken (-98)

1999 Chicago

  • Kay Vogt (-00)
  • Jay Vogt (-02)
  • Ric Giardina (-01)

2000 - Berlin

  • Dave Koehler (-03)

2001 - Vancouver

  • Janice Vincent (-03)
  • John Engle (-09)
  • Gabriel Shirley (-10)

2002 - Melbourne

  • Michael Herman (-05)
  • Lisa Heft

2003 - Sweden and Denmark

  • Mikk Sarv (-07)
  • Kerry Napuk (-07)

2004 - Goa

- Chicago OSonOSinUS

  • Karen Davis

2005 - Halifax

  • Tree Fitzpatrick (-10)

2006

  • Ric Giardina (-07)
  • Christine Whitney Sanchez
  • Edward Laboy

2007

  • Phelim McDermott

2010

  • Harold Shinsato
  • Suzanne Daigle

2011

2012

  • Chuni Li (-15)
  • Sharon Joy Berlin-Chao (-15)

2013

  • Linda Stevenson
  • Tricia Chirumbole
  • Jasmina Nikolic (-14)

2014

  • Kevin O'Brien

2015

  • Daniel Mezick

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