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  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576750159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576750155
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,481,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Open Space Technology (OST) is an effective, economical, fast, and easily repeatable strategy for organizing meetings of between 5 and 1,000 participants. First developed in 1984, it has now been used around the world with all types of organizations including corporations, community groups, government agencies, schools, and churches. OST produces better meetings and helps groups achieve such organizational goals as self-managed work groups, distributed leadership, and utilizing diversity quickly and without training. In Expanding Our Now, OST creator Harrison Owen offers numerous examples to illustrate the evolution of OST and explores what it is, how it developed as a process for meeting management, and how and why it works all over the world, for groups of all sizes dealing with a vast range of issues. Owen shows how OST can move organizations to higher levels of performance, without elaborate training or professional facilitators.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on February 16, 2001
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Owen Harrison is no longer just the man who wrote the book on Open Space Technology — He’s now the man who wrote the books. Expanding Our Now is Harrison’s second crack at explaining the organizational theory he developed after watching a celebration in an African village. Basically the theory boils down to this: A group will organize itself to solve a specific problem if you sit everyone in a circle and get out of the way. The nuts-and-bolts of this process were described in Harrison’s earlier, Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide. This time around, the author gives us a bit more history and theory. Your reaction to this book will depend to a large extent on how ready you are to accept OST as a concept and how open to new management techniques you are in general. But even if you’re not in the market for newly minted organizational theories, we at getAbstract.com recommend that you read this book, if only to absorb some of its innovative suggestions about how to get the most out of that bane of corporate life — the meeting.
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A short and succinct history of Open Space Technology. This book is a perfect companion to the instruction book for Open Space Technology by the same author.
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This book is ideal for practitioners that are curious about to know more about the methods they employ. Harrison Owen is not an academic but he has discovered a 'meeting methodology' that uncovers fabulous territories where the notion of organisational change and renewal gains new meanings.
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