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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.

Women in Agile Open Oct 8-9

The Open Space Institute - U.S. invites you to attend the Women in Agile Open, an online Open Space meeting being held Friday and Saturday October 8-9.

The Agile movement has made huge inroads throughout all areas of society well beyond software to bring flexibility and humanity to work. The focus on the importance of human value and capacity has been present in Agile with the use of Open Space Technology in the Agile community since before they adopted the name "Agile" in 2001. This event welcomes all genders to come design the future together in open space.

The OSI-US's own April Jefferson is on the amazing international team. They'll be using QiqoChat with attendance times that will work for any time zone. April has been pioneering it's usage in many areas. Attendance is pay what you can by donation with a very low recommended request of US$20 if that works for you.

We hope to see you there!

Future of Work May 7-8

The Open Space Institute - U.S. welcomes you to the Future of Work Open Space May 7-8.

The event is "pay-what-you-can", and since we are sponsoring this event we can also offer a discount code "VMEMBER-01". Visit

Harrison Owen Morning Reflections - January 23-24, 2021

Harrison Owen offered Morning Reflections at the Opening Space for Peace and High Performance 2021 online event, January 23 and 24, 2021. Enjoy!


Virtual Peace and High Performance 2021

The Open Space Institute U.S. welcomes attendees from around the world to our first virtual gathering for our annual event, held at International House in New York City before MLK day every year since the 1990's.

So far we have registrations from the countries of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, India, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, & US.

We hope you will join us, and that includes Harrison Owen, to contemplate opening space for peace and high performance, thinking specifically:

How do we engage 8 billion people in meaningful conversation?

Click here to learn more and register.

Virtual Gathering 2021 Opening Space for Peace and High Performance

Marai Kiele: What's so great about Open Space Technology?

Thomas Perret: What's so great about Open Space Technology?

WOSonOS 2019

Our event page is now open for WOSonOS 2019 in the Washington D.C. Area, Fri-Sun October 25-27.

World Open Space on Open Space. Honoring the Ineffable Spirit of Open Space Technology? ineffable. Utterly indescribable; Inspires a sense of "Awe". If you are eager for possibilities beyond current expectationss, please join us! Be prepared to be surprised! The 27th Annual World Open Space on Open Space welcomes participants to engage in Open Space Technology as a practice and a philosophy.

Peggy Holman: What's so great about Open Space Technology?

Videos Requested: What's so great about Open Space Technology?

Wait. What's So Great About Open Space Technology?

Open Space Technology is an interesting "whole group" process.


And it seems so simple, on the surface:

"..sit in a Circle,"
" a Bulletin Board,"
" a Marketplace,"
"....and go to work."

This is NOT complicated. So: what EXACTLY is the big deal?

What's so great about Open Space Technology?

YOU are invited to answer this question!

Announcing: The Open Space Institute U.S. "What's so Great" Video Program

We want your video!

The Open Space Institute U.S. cordially invites you to participate in our "What's So Great" Video Program.

All you have to do to participate is answer that burning question, in 2 minutes or less, via VIDEO.

What's so great about Open Space Technology? The goal is to create an absolutely astonishing set of videos that make people laugh (and perhaps cry,) as they browse these short video testimonials.

Your uploaded video will be immediately inspected by OSI-US. And if all goes well, we will immediately post it to the newly created Open Space Technology channel on YOUTUBE. We will also link to it from the OSI-US web site, and utterly promote it (and YOU) across all of social media, across all time and all space, open or otherwise, forever.

So that's the idea: video yourself, in any format, with or without others, while answering answer the burning question:

"What's so great about Open Space Technology?"

Here are the Ground Rules:

1. All submissions are by video only;

2. All videos submitted not to exceed 2 minutes;

3. All videos submitted must be absolutely free of any shameless marketing hype. You may however tastefully (and optionally) display your website URL for up to 10 seconds. You can edit it in, or simply hold up a handwritten note if you wish. Please keep it short, tasteful and non-sales-oriented. Ten seconds max.

4. All videos submitted must be in one of the Youtube-supported video file formats, listed here:

5. All videos are uploaded for inspection and approval by OSI-US, via the following Google Drive URL (set up just for you):

6. NOTE: By uploading your video, you are explicitly granting OSI-US a perpetual, non-exclusive license to publish your video, worldwide, across any and all media, without exception, forever, until the end of time, or the end of the world as we know it, whichever occurs first.

7. Send an email to after you have uploaded your video, to notify us here at OSI-US that you have uploaded your astonishing video. From there, we will process your submission. (Please put "What's So Great About OST" in the subject line also include your name and phone number in the email.)

You are invited to play the game!


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