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We believe 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.

Open Space and the Open Space Institute mean different things to different people. Furthermore they each continue to evolve. Since both are highly fluid and dynamic, as you read these notes on why the Open Space Institute(US) exists and what it does, it is undoubtedly changing. As a result and reflection of this, the Institute webpage and the rest of the work of the Open Space Institute(US) is a continuing work in progress.

The OSI-US has a continuing unconditional commitment to openness and transparency in all dialog and conversations.


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. Join the Institute!


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Activities for Accomplishing our Purpose

  • Convene (or Co-Convene) community activities, conferences and virtual events (e.g. Virtual Open Space on Virtual Open Space)
  • Support OS access to the underserved (e.g., workshops, materials, conferences)
    • Access Queen - offering financial support for travel to international practice conference
  • Support the OSLIST email list

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