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Expanding Our Now by Harrison H. Owen

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Chapter IIOpen Space Discovered

Open Space Technology came into being by way of a joke made out of frustration. The frustration was mine, when at the conclusion of a year-long effort to organize an international symposium for 250 souls, everybody agreed the best part had been the coffee breaks. The rest was interesting, possibly useful, but definitely in second place to the juicy moments of sharing in the informality of the coffee breaks. There had to be a better way.

The joke was about technology. Ever since that word became attached to the end of Open Space, strange looks have followed. How on earth could anything like the Goa experience be called a technology?

From the viewpoint of strict definition and narrow interpretation, the word ...

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