OST 2014: Living with Open Source Thinking in the foothills of the French Pyrenees

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OST 2014: Living with Open Source Thinking in the foothills of the French Pyrenees

Time: July 1, 2014 to July 5, 2014
Location: Tostat
City/Town: Tostat, France
Website or Map: http://www.movingthrutransiti…
Event Type: residential, gathering, with, meditative, walking
Organized By: Alison Piasecka, Andy Piasecki, Rosemary Cairns, Patrick Finn and Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: May 31, 2014

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At OST 2013 in Brighton, we agreed that, as facilitators of change, we are sensing major moves in society. Old ways are challenged by the new.  As facilitators, we are learning to work with both, and to embody fresh ways of being. We call this endeavour ‘Open Source Thinking’ (OST).

STOP PRESS:  Bookings are now closed: look out for an invitation to OST 2015

After much reflection, we’ve now decided to re-shape the nature of our OST 2014 gathering.  So, from what we’d originally imagined as an event open to anyone to join us, we now feel that it’s important that  the core OST hosting team first engages residentially and intensively in Tostat over four days in an intensive exploration and further development of our ideas.    

So, we’re now closing bookings for others to join us in July 2014.  However, please rest assured that we’re greatly inspired by the prospect of a growing community of practice working together on OST, and we’ll re-launch a more open gathering for OST 2015.  So watch this space!

Meantime, our thanks and best wishes to everyone who expressed an interest in joining us in Tostat.  We look forward to sharing with you in OST 2015.

Alison, Andy, Rosemary, Patrick and Bob

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Comment by Alison Piasecka on February 28, 2014 at 11:25

And a new discovery on the travel front- Flybe are offering right now a £65 return leaving BIRMINGHAM on Tues 1 and going back on Sun 5 July, so it would mean an overnight in Toulouse but it would work well for people who don't want to do the London thing..

Comment by Alison Piasecka on February 15, 2014 at 7:44

It doesn't seem to stop raining! But to cheer you up, here's a photo of our pool in the summer, which might be a real temptation if the weather behaves itself in early July...

Comment by Alison Piasecka on February 15, 2014 at 7:41

COME DIRECT BY TRAIN: A brilliant new website allows you to book from any UK station direct to Tarbes, our nearest big station. For example, leaving London around 0900 will get you to Tarbes (with station switch in Paris) for about 2100. Booking 3 months in advance gives you the best prices. www.loco2.com . Prices seem to be comparable to the airfares with early booking.

Comment by Alison Piasecka on February 13, 2014 at 4:13

And also on my website page, there is a link to a short description of the 'Walking Day' in the Pyrenees that will be part of OST2014..tells you about the kind of walking we will be doing and what you will need to bring with you...http://http://movingthrutransitions.com/#/ost-2014/4582241966

Comment by Alison Piasecka on February 13, 2014 at 4:06

Here is some travel information- to tempt you to think about coming...click on the link to my website page, and there is a link there to travel information...http://movingthrutransitions.com/#/ost-2014/4582241966

We will have more of a description of the event posted soon, we are just working out the best way to describe what we will be doing...

Comment by Bob MacKenzie on January 29, 2014 at 1:13

What vocabulary helps us to talk about OST? Some of the words and terms that I've noticed that we're starting to use as we grapple with understanding what Open Source Thinking might mean include:

‘hospitality’ – this seems to be a central notion, along with ‘hosting’ (which contains within it ‘ost’).

‘immaterial labour’ – we give away a huge amount of effort and information free/virtually unnoticed  to ICT companies such as Google, LinkedIn etc, .

‘living fund’ – making and earning 'a living contribution’ through OST; contributing through participants in Tostat taking turns to cook, serve and wash up etc.  Approximately how much might we need for this fund?

‘micro walks’ – these will be happening spontaneously all the time, in addition to ‘organised’ ‘meditative walking’.  Living in the village, we’ll be walking towards our communal venue in the morning, then towards our respective village hosts in the evening.

‘OST’ – Open Source Thinking, distinct from, though possibly from the same stable as, Open Source Technology.  (Can we claim a distinction between the two?). Are we beginning to develop or identify a helpful language for OST?

Comment by Bob MacKenzie on January 25, 2014 at 9:39

Lovely, Alison.  Can't wait!

Comment by Alison Piasecka on January 25, 2014 at 9:03

The OST 2013 team are emerging this event- and it will be a growing thing, which began with the idea of extending the discussions and work from OST Brighton- and is now shaping into something that I think is unique...an event based on 'hospitality' and 'access not ownership'...

The village where I live will be hosting us, and we will be using our house as our daytime venue, also enjoying contemplative labyrinth walking in my yet-to-be planted labyrinth, and a day walking in the mountains to release our minds.  

I would love to invite anyone with a curiosity for looking at the world of sharing, with all of the tension (or is it?) that earning a living sets up...to come and join us on this emerging event..

I am posting a springtime photo of our house in Tostat, in the Hautes Pyrenees. 

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