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Expanding Our Now by Harrison H. Owen

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Chapter IVWhat on Earth Is Going On?

Open space is a strange phenomenon. It works even though much of what we have all been taught, and presume to know, says that it should not. The obvious question is, why?

A possible image of an organization, or meeting, is that of a hermetically sealed box with several closely guarded points of entrance and egress. If we are to believe the reports of many executives, who see life as an unending succession of meetings, the difference between a meeting and the organization may be fundamentally a matter of size. In any event, this box is called a “closed system.” Clearly defined walls separate the inside from the outside, and police persons (known as managers or “those in charge”) both defend the connections ...

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