August 30, 2000
Just as consciousness evolves and individuals, so too does it evolve in organizations. As spirit forms and transforms and people, they become strong, focused, and vibrant – and wonderful things can happen. But when the spirit is down, nothing else seems to make a difference – because not too much happens.
Many of us today find ourselves trapped in just such organizations. The spirit in the workplace, to say nothing of our own spirit is getting a little tattered, showing the early signs of what Harrison own calls “Soul Pollution.” Those in the advanced stages may find themselves plagued by exhaustion, high levels of stress, and the abuse of just about anything insight – including spouses, substances, and fellow workers. So what is the secret to transforming organizations? The answer, says Owen, is simple: we simply have to consciously be what we already are – and organization will happen all by itself.
Owen examines the world of Spirit/Consciousness in organizations and offers practical help to those who find themselves dreading another day on the job in an organization seemingly bent on its own destruction, as well as the destruction of its members. Widely known for his Open Space Technology – a broadly used meeting management tool – Owen now suggests deeper applications and implications – showing how what is been experienced in a typical “great meeting” with Open Space can be a 365 day-a-year reality.
Harrison Owen is President of the consulting firm H. H. Owen and Co. His clients have included Owens/Corning Fiberglas, the Internal Revenue Service (Appeals Division), Procter & Gamble, Arthur Young, Shell Canada, Volvo, the American Society for Training and Development, and the US Forest Service.