Open Source Thinking: possibilities for "yes, and ....." conversations

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Open Source Thinking: possibilities for "yes, and ....." conversations

Time: August 2, 2013 from 10am to 5:30pm
Location: Friends Meeting House
Street: Ship Street
City/Town: Brighton BN1 1AF, England
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Phone: +44(0)2380-238-458
Event Type: a, meeting, of, minds
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie and Rosemary Cairns
Latest Activity: Aug 1, 2013

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“What does Open Source Thinking mean for how we work as facilitators of conversations, ideas and change?”


This AMED/IAF initiative explores  the potential of Open Source Thinking (OST) for personal and organisational development.

OST can be viewed as an emerging process by which information and other precious resources are shared openly, for general benefit, whilst crediting their 'owners'.  We sense that OST is changing our world, both in structure and process. The Editorial of our Spring 2013 edition of e-Organisations and People (e-O&P) here on OST gives an overview of some current issues.

Come and join us with an open mind, prepared to act by turn as guest and host.


Morning: Refreshments on arrival. Welcome and briefing by your co-hosts Rosemary Cairns (IAF) and Bob MacKenzie (AMED). ‘Opening up to Open Source Thinking: Walking the Labyrinth’, with Alison Piasecka, preparing ourselves to enter fully into the spirit of Open Source Thinking.

Afternoon: ‘Practising Open Source Thinking’. Drawing upon Open Space principles, Patrick Finn traces his journey towards OST, helping us to explore its potential applications, conditions and contexts for our work as facilitators. Proposals for follow-up, and farewells.

Catch glimpses of Alison and Patrick at work from these video clips:

Evening: Optionally, pub/cafe conversations, followed by dinner at Food for Friends, cost about £20.


You’ll find more information about arrangements and Brighton (including the Gay Pride Parade carnival on Saturday 3 August) in the Invitation at the bottom of this screen.  You may be able to book self-catering accommodation ranging from £18-£28 per person per night on the University of Sussex campus here.  Meanwhile, you can follow and contribute to Twitter on #OST2013 #AMEDevent #IAF.


The participation fee is £90, to include refreshments, lunch and a complimentary pdf copy of the OST edition of e-O&P.  You can pay either by Paypal by clicking here, or by cheque or  BACS, quoting reference OST2013 ownname, using the Booking Form at the bottom of this screen.


For practical details, please contact Linda Williams at the AMED Office, E:, T: +44 (0)300 365 1247, or Rosemary Cairns, E:, or Bob MacKenzie, E:  Or add your comments below, or to our evolving set of references and questions for OST here.

Invitation for the OST 2013 Workshop
Booking Form for OST 2013 Workshop

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Comment by Bob MacKenzie on July 10, 2013 at 6:27

Looking forward to working with you there, Carl

Best wishes.  Bob

Comment by Carl Jackson on July 10, 2013 at 5:56

Just got confirmation of my place at the workshop - will see you all there on the 2nd in Brighton

Comment by Bob MacKenzie on July 9, 2013 at 13:53

Likewise, Steve :)

Best wishes.  Bob

Comment by Steve Creed on July 9, 2013 at 10:46

Look forward to meeting you and experiencing Open Source Thinking first hand.

Comment by Bob MacKenzie on June 19, 2013 at 9:08

Why not click here, and scroll down to the 4th post, to add to our evolving Library of OST References and Resources?

Comment by Alison Piasecka on June 18, 2013 at 4:06

Bob and Rosemary are preparing to host this amazing day on 2nd August- and I am so pleased to be a part of it.  If the ideas stimulate you, come and experience a labyrinth meditation to ease you in- and then join with us all to work together in the afternoon, facilitated by Patrick Finn- whose inspiring TED talk made great connections for me. Hope to see you there.

Comment by Bob MacKenzie on June 7, 2013 at 1:31

Hi, Francois

Yes indeed - OST is the acronym coined for Open Space Technology.  However, despite the possibilities for confusion, we're also using it as shorthand for Open Source Thinking, as we couldn't think of any other way to do so (though we're always open to suggestions :).  I believe there are several precedents for using the same acronym to mean different things in different contexts.

We'll be posting more details about this event in the next few days or so, and I do hope we'll meet on 2 August.

Best wishes.  Bob

Comment by Francois Knuchel on May 31, 2013 at 13:33

OST: 'Open Source Thinking'? mmmmmm? Wasn't it 'Open Space Technology'?  Maybe different sides of the same coin? Great expectations, look forward.

Comment by Alison Piasecka on January 24, 2013 at 9:07

Very pleased to be part of all of this- and really looking forward to it.

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