Open Source Thinking residential Gathering, Tostat, France.

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Open Source Thinking residential Gathering, Tostat, France.

Time: September 9, 2016 to September 12, 2016
Location: Tostat, France
City/Town: Tostat
Website or Map: http://www.opensourcethinking…
Event Type: a, residential, exploration
Organized By: Alison Piasecka, Rosemary Cairns, Andy Piasecki and Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Aug 5, 2016

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Healing for a fragmenting world:  Practising Open Source Thinking

Alison writes:  This past weeks following the Brexit Referendum seem to speak of nothing but fragmentation of relationships at a national, regional and individual level.  It has been profoundly shocking and has accelerated aggression, antipathies and even hostility between people.  It seems even more vital than before to find ways to foster engagement, speak to and with one another, and to find ways to bridge hopelessness and worry.  To this end, for some time now, a small group of us have been planning an event to be held in my home village Tostat, and it now seems even more important to find ways to engage across this increasing fragmentation that we can see and feel. 

Do join us, to help co-create dialogue, conversation and practices that can help us all to find a way through these volatile times. 

Some background 

This event was born out of work some of us began in 2013, involving a special edition of AMED’s journal e-Organisations and People, followed by a post-publication Gathering in Brighton.  Since then, off and on, Bob MacKenzie, Rosemary Cairns, Patrick Finn and I, along with my husband Andy, have been continuing to talk and correspond about how to develop what we are calling ‘OST’ (Open Source Thinking), and what it means in practice.  In recent months, a further group of authors has contributed to a second special edition of e-O&P, which Bob and I have co-edited, entitled ‘Open Source Thinking: a developing praxis’. And here is a link on our OST website that allows you to free access to this edition. 

Now, Bob and I, with the help of Andy and Rosemary, have been planning a residential Gathering OST2016 that we will convene in Tostat, France, over Friday 9th - Monday, 12th September. 

You are welcome to join us  

This will not be a conventional workshop.  Rather we will engage as equal contributing participants as a temporary sharing community.  To find out more, we invite you first to take a look at our emerging website  You should find all the information you need there, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Bob ( or Alison ( if you would like a chat about it before deciding whether or not to come.   We'll be finalising arrangements and confirming places by 31 July.

Costs and payment:  Click here for details.

With very best wishes.  Alison and Bob (For the OST2016 Hosting Team) 

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