Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide. Harrison Owen. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Open Space Technology: A User's Guide Book Cover Open Space Technology: A User's Guide
Harrison Owen
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
April 1, 2008

Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide is just what the name implies: a hands-on, detailed description of facilitating Open Space Technology (OST). OST is an effective, economical, fast, and easily repeatable strategy for organizing meetings of between 5 and 2,000 participants that is been used in thousands of organizations in 134countries and just keeps growing in popularity. Written by the originator of the method, this is the most authoritative book on the rationale, procedures, and requirements of OST.

OST enables self-organizing groups of all sizes to deal with hugely complex issues in a very short period of time. This step-by-step users guide details what needs to be done before, during, and after an Open Space event.

Harrison Owen describes all the practical considerations necessary to create Open Space. He begins with the most important question – should you use Open Space at all? – and examines what types of situations are appropriate for Open Space Technology and what types are not. He then goes on to look at nuts-and-bolts issues such as supplies, logistics, and who should come and how you should go about getting them there.

The third edition adds a survey of the current status of Open Space Technology around the world, and updated section on the latest available technology for report writing (a key aspect of the Open Space process), and an updated list of resources.

Harrison Owen, the originator of Open Space Technology, is president of H. H. Owen and Company and the author of five other books, including Expanding Our Now: The Story of Open Space Technology, The Power of Spirit: How Organizations Transform, The Spirit of Leadership: Liberating the Leader in Each of Us, and Wave Rider: Leadership for High-Performance in a Self-Organizing World. Owen has worked with a variety of organizations, including small West African villages, urban (American and African) community organizations, the Peace Corps, regional medical programs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Administration.