Riding the Tiger tells the story of Spirit’s Journey in a chaotic world. Not just any Spirit, but the Spirit of your organization. Harrison proposes that the chaos we now experience on an organizational, political and personal level is in fact the potent force driving us all in search of a new and better way of being an organization: the interactive learning organization. Marked by high learning, high play, appropriate structure and control, all combined to form genuine community, this new organizational form offers levels of innovation and productivity we only now dream about. But how do you get there? Open Space Technology can help. OST enables groups from 4 to 400 to self-organize and self manage multi-day meetings around highly complex and conflicted issues. As a new meeting technology, OST offers effective means for cutting costs and improving outcomes. Most importantly, OST provides a genuine experience of what an Interactive Learning Organization is like. As one recent participant said, “I thought we were going to talk about learning organizations, instead we became one.”
Harrison Owen is president of H. H. Owen and Company. His clients range from an association of nine cities to major corporations in Europe, South America, India, Africa and the United States. He has done street organizing in American cities and small village development in West Africa. He was once a senior executive with the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration. He is still an Anglican Priest.