Learning and Constructive Creativity in Open Space LO29282

From: Vana Prewitt (vana@praxislearning.com)
Date: 10/09/02

Replying to LO29275 --

Hi Harriet:

I noticed your posting about The World Cafe. I saw Juanita Brown present
this model at her final oral review at Fielding a couple of years ago and
will conduct my first one in December. It is a wondeful OL technique.

I have also used Open Space (studied under Harrison Owen) and find that
between the two, I like World Cafe better as a way to engage people in
generating and sharing knowledge, especially tacit. Open Space is a
better vehicle for getting people in an intact organization to take
collective action that requires personal commitment and responsibility.

Unless there is a formal follow-through, however, Open Space has the
tendency to become just another brainstorming session with a disappointing
outcome (i.e.: nothing gets done with a lot of great ideas).


Vana Prewitt


Vana Prewitt <vana@praxislearning.com>

Learning-org -- Hosted by Rick Karash <Richard@Karash.com> Public Dialog on Learning Organizations -- <http://www.learning-org.com>

"Learning-org" and the format of our message identifiers (LO1234, etc.) are trademarks of Richard Karash.