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Articles of Incorporation


The undersigned, for the purpose of forming a non-profit corporation under the Washington Corporation Act, RCW 24.03, hereby adopts the following Articles of Incorporation.


NAME: The name of the corporation shall be Open Space Institute.


TERM OF EXISTENCE: The term of existence shall be perpetual.


PURPOSES: We believe that inspired (inspirited) behavior can be an everyday experience and that humanity is limited largely by its perceptions of the possible. We intend to grow that sense of possibility and make it a reality by focusing on three fundamental areas: learning, research and practice:

Expanding the learning and practice of self-organizing communities.

Understanding and integrating what sustains self organizing communities.

Using Open Space principles in creating and sustaining the Open Space Institute

These primarily educational and services purposes shall fall within the meaning to Section 501(c) (3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code.


NON-PROFIT NATURE: This Corporation and all of its associated operations shall function exclusively for the above-stated purposes, no substantial part of the activities of which is designed to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, and no part of the net earnings of which shall inure to the benefit of any individual, and no director, officer, employee, or member of which shall receive or be lawfully entitled to receive any pecuniary benefit of any kind therefrom except reasonable compensation for services rendered in effecting one or more of its purposes. And in the event that any net income is realized from the operation, the directors shall not allow any unreasonable accumulation of income, but shall, within and limited by the purposes set forth above, deal with, invest or expend such income to further the proposes set forth above.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, the corporation shall not conduct or carry on activities not permitted to be conduced or carried on by an organization exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as now stated, or as it may be hereafter amended, or by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of such Code as now stated, or as it may be hereafter amended.

This Corporation, contemplating no gain or profit to the members, directors or officers thereof, has no capital stock.


REGULATION: This Corporation shall be governed by the non-profit corporations law in Title 24 of the Laws of the State of Washington.


BYLAWS: The Board of directors of the corporation shall be empowered to adopt and amend bylaws.


AMENDMENT: The manner in which these Articles may be amended or repealed shall be fixed by the bylaws of the corporation.


DISSOLUTION: In the event of liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, funds, property or any other assets then held legally or beneficially by the Corporation shall be transferred or distributed, after the payment of all just debts and claims, to an organization which would then qualify for exemption under the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as now stated or hereafter amended, having purposes similar to this corporation.


REGISTERED AGENT AND OFFICE: The name of the Registered Agent of the corporation is: Neil F. Holman. The street address of the Registered Office, which is also the address of the Registered Agent, is: 15347 SE 49th Place, Bellevue, WA 98006-3652.

CONSENT TO APPOINTMENT AS REGISTERED AGENT: I, Neil F. Holman, hereby consent to serve as Registered Agent in the state of Washington for the above named corporation. I understand that as agent for the corporation, it will be my responsibility to accept Service of Process on behalf of the corporation; to forward license renewals or other mail to the corporation; and to immediately notify the Office of the Secretary of State in the event of my resignation or of any changes in the Registered Office address.

		July 24, 1996
	Neil F. Holman, REGISTERED AGENT	(Date)


MEMBERS: The authorized qualifications of those who may become members, different classes of membership, if any, and those who may become members of the Board of Directors; shall be set forth in the bylaws of the Corporation.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The number of Directors of the Corporation shall be no less than four and no more than seventeen, as set by the bylaws.

The number of directors constituting the initial board of directors of the Corporation is four. The names and addresses of the persons who are to serve as directors until the first annual meeting or until their successors are elected and shall qualify are:

Lee Hartwell Neil Holman Peggy Holman Fidelma McGinn?


The name and address of the incorporator is:

Peggy Holman

The document is hereby executed under penalties of perjury, and is, to the best of my knowledge true and correct.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the incorporator has affixed her signature below on this 24th day of July, 1996.

	Peggy S. Holman, INCORPORATOR


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