I'm full! And haven't had sufficient time to digest yet. Luckily, Chris Corrigan has been his reliably and deeply thoughtful self and has posted a lot of fresh insights already.
Usually when I participate in any Open Space, there always seem to be some time slots when there isn't anything being offered that I would prefer to the pleasure of just hanging out for a while, but this one has had too many that I didn't want to miss. Yesterday I went to sessions in all four time slots: "Our feelings (not thinking) about the future and open space" (convened by Brian Bainbridge); "The possibilities for advancing the open space technosphere" (Kaliya Hamlin); "An open space arts building, what would it be like" (Phelim McDermott); Living in open space as a family (Chris, Caitlin, Aine and Finn).
Brendan, Brian, Larry
Today though, I didn't go to any, but flapped around a bit and then had a lovely standing-up chat with Chris talking about the characteristics of what space is like when it's deep, his ongoing exploration of the twin dynamics of love & power, and playing with the beginnings of "a pattern language of faith."
More than working on things and getting things done (though that happened, too), open space is for me primarily about being with the people who've showed up, and sometimes (often) it doesn't really matter in the end what we talk about. Participating in convened sessions, sitting on the lawn at lunch, talking while doing very little aikido/tai qi movements, going for dinner with Jeff and Raffi and new friends Heidi, Michael, Brendan, Susan and James: all the same, all about little-by-little (but very quickly, actually) finding our common place in the group heart.
pals Lisa Heft and Chris Corrigan