Evolving Open Space Technology
to Second Tier-ness
During the Integral Living Room 2013 event we, the participants and hosts, experienced some of the limitations of Open Space Technology (and see here) as normally engaged in from Green consciousness (a process originating within a Green/Orange context.) Then we looked into what might be changed, to move it toward a new form/process engaged in from more 2T consciousness, and in particular from a 2T "we-space" consciousness. Given that people differ in their capacity to think as "We," what would could change in the design, to shift the structure and enable the OS conversation/process to function in a more 2T "we" way? How would we make it "better?"
The following is a summary of my notes on the answers to those questions which came up in discussions during the ILR.
Tweaked areas and the main new aspects
The LR aspects especially to do with recording, the instructions given to participants, and an overarching question shaping the process: “What does 'We' need as a result of reports of groups?” New at 2T is focusing the whole process toward a “we” goal, vs Green’s subjective-sensing focus. And also new is a purpose and reporting-style of “capturing the passion” rather than attempted comprehensive reporting and collating.
Morphing OS Technology as a personal and group practice
The changes become a personal and group “practice:” Notice your reaction to excuding! Notice your expectations. Give permission to push you to discomfort. Practice being a 2T participant. Notice how you choose to use your attention, for example, focusing on what we want vs what we don’t want. See process without bogging down in it.
The following is a list of “morphed” characteristics of/processes in a Second Tier Open Space technology.
During the conversations
Each person forsakes the goal of being seen and heard, and sees the conversation as a gift to the community. Each person comes from “their highest voice.”
The recording process
Recorder highlights, notes action items, which are reported back.
Recording to highest good, widest good, putting the essence into our networks.
The reporting-back process
Can be learned: Reporting back is a capacity, with learnable skills.
Role of goal: Door opening our ideas for all reporting to give it focus and energy. What questions, where move attention for most leverage to hierarchy of ideas. In service of!
Goal-oriented: What is important to report: what is valuable in order to move forward vs things we talked about. Essentialize, provide value vs “We said.” Integrate what matters vs putting selves to sleep. Crystallize, essentialize, discern, using the goal as the guide.
If the goal is transformation: Reporter as champion of emergence - what pops us up vs wisdom. What wisdom we HAVE to share to transform US. What does WE need to hear, in order to evolve and grow? Raises the bar.
Passion and “We” as guides: 3rd person-speaking reports are about what happened. Instead, want to feel the passion. 1st-person reporting MY experience (what struck me…) vs being a WE reporter.
Importance of LR systems: Nothing left behind if essentials-only are reported if conversations are digitally-recorded and made available.
Collective responsibility for energy: Take responsibility as a collective. Notice OUR energy, focus on energetics of reporting back. Is there resonance to the report? Is there bridging? Are nuggets being extracted from the conversation recroding? Can we get this snappy? Is reporting energy vivid, energetic? Let’s do transmission now, instead of reporting. Convey the flavor. It was meaningful. Capture that.
Power of Reporter: Reporter to discern what to report, has power thereby. To crystallize, or to negate.
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