Info on this Weekend’s Open Space Gathering: “7 Generations and Beyond”

7 Generations and beyond… This Weekend!
Theme: Conspiring to become a network of earth-based cultures!

I want to invite you to the 7 Generations Open Space.

What is the 7G project? It’s a joint vision between Chee Siwash,
TrackersNW, City Repair and TLC Farm where we are learning and helping
people to learn what it means to look 7 generations into the past and
future– real sustainability of the land and the people.

So what is an OpenSpace?

Open Space is a way to convene people for a conference, retreat or meeting. Attendees are asked to generate the meeting agenda as well as participate by leading small group break-out sessions during the meeting time. There is usually a facilitator, but no official meeting leader who demands compliance. More about Open Space at the end of this e-mail.

I personally plan on taking my boats on the Willamette, and playing
hoop games and capture the flag, and talking about how my kids are one
day going to live and breathe in a beautiful world.

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Location: Under the Covered Picnic Benches on the South End of
Willamette Park (Westside yo, just North of Sellwood Bridge).

Time: THIS WEEKEND!!! April 7 (9-5p) and April 8 (9-5p), 2007
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Bring:
Food for Lunch (Potluck)
Notebook
Fun Things

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Tell me more about Open Space!

In Open Space, a facilitator explains the process and then participants are invited to co-create the agenda and host their own discussion groups. Discussions are held in designated areas or separate rooms known as ‘breakout spaces’ and participants are free to move amongst the discussion groups. Each group records the conversations in a form which can be used to distribute or broadcast the proceedings of the meeting. In a multi-day Open Space, participants have the opportunity to announce new discussion topics / late-breaking sessions each new morning. At the end of the day (or 2 days or 2.5 days) the full group reconvenes for comments and reflection. This helps participants to re-engage in the full group over the duration of the meeting.

While the mechanics of Open Space provide a simple means to self-organize, it is the underlying principles that make it effective both for meetings and as a guidepost for individual and collective effectiveness. The Law of Two Feet (also known as the Law of Mobility in settings where participants don’t necessarily have the use of both feet) — a foot of passion and a foot of responsibility — expresses the core idea of taking responsibility for what you love. In practical terms, the law says that if you’re neither contributing nor getting value where you are, use your two feet (or available form of mobility) and go somewhere where you can. It is also a reminder to stand up for your passion. From the law, flow four principles:

* Whoever comes is the right people
* Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
* Whenever it starts is the right time
* When it’s over, it’s over

The organizing theme of an Open Space meeting is that people who care about the subject will come together. The initial meeting notice takes the form of an invitation, thus the people who have attended have chosen to be there and are willing to contribute. The objectives for the meeting and the time available affect design decisions such as whether action planning is included in the Open Space or not.

Written by Willem