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Open Space Technology Learning Workshop

An Open Space Technology learning workshop will be held April 24-26 in British Columbia, Canada. This 3-day workshop is Session One of the Genuine Contact Program™. In this workshop, which will take place at The Haven Resort, Gabriola Island, B.C., you will develop your own understanding of Open Space Technology, including its form and essence. The workshop will also cover preparatory work with a sponsor prior to an OST meeting and post-meeting follow-up. We will also cover personal preparation as a facilitator and the role of OST in helping organizations achieve and sustain organizational health and balance. Note: paid NCDD members will receive a 20% discount on this training!

What is Open Space Technology (OST)?
OST is a very simple, effective, holistic, and low-cost way of conducting meetings, conferences, forums, and other learning processes for groups of 10 to 1000 or more in size, from 4 hours to several days in length. Over the past 20 years, OST has been used in 124 countries, thousands of times, and for many different purposes such as strategic planning, new product development, reconciliation, and as a highly productive alternative to training.

OST helps organizations and communities rediscover their strengths, especially in highly complex, critical, and ostensibly hopeless situations. This technology is a practical means of working with the resources, knowledge, and wisdom which already exists in a group.

Time and again participants remark that, when compared with other types of meetings or conferences, greater results are achieved in less time and in an atmosphere of high learning and high play.

Who is this workshop for?
This learning workshop is for trainers, community activists, consultants, facilitators, HR managers, leaders, and other business, nonprofit, and government professionals who have a passionate interest in creating and sustaining organizations, workplaces, and communities that work and inspire!

Note: Paid NCDD members receive a 20% discount off of the nonprofit rate! That’s $420 before April 9th or $520 after April 9th.

Before April 9th:
Non-profit/student/unaffiliated $525 CDN incl. GST
Corporate/government $750 CDN incl. GST

After April 9th:
Non-profit/student/unaffiliated $650 CDN incl. GST
Corporate/government $900 CDN incl. GST

* Some scholarships are available. Please do not let money stand in the way of your learning. All are welcome. Contact us to discuss your participation.

Includes workshop materials & resources, learning journal, coffee breaks, lunch, & certificate. Onsite accommodation packages including all meals are available starting at $195.00 plus applicable taxes for three days & nights.

Contact Wendy Farmer-O’Neil for more information and a registration package (wendy@xe.net or 250-713-2351, or in North America call toll-free 1-800-713-2351).

Workshop leadership
Raffi Aftandelian (San Diego, USA) is a facilitator, consultant, and trainer who has worked and lived in Russia for the past nine years. As a facilitator, he has worked with prison inmates, psychologists, corporate trainers, civil servants, refugees, and many other groups. As an active member of the international community of OST facilitators since 2001, he co-hosted the 14th annual international Open Space on Open Space practitioner conference. He has a BA in Soviet Studies from UC-Berkeley and speaks Russian, French, and Farsi. He is a certified trainer with the Genuine Contact Program™.

His clients have included the City of Moscow, Center for Peacemaking and Community Development (UK/Russia), Agency for Rehabilitation and Development (Russia), Eurasian cellular provider Beeline, and the Netherlands Economic Institute.

Wendy Farmer-O’Neil (British Columbia, Canada) has 25 years experience working with non-profits and community groups as a facilitator, consultant, trainer, writer and fundraiser. She is a member of the Open Space Institute of Canada, an active contributor to the international community of OST facilitators, a contributor to Open Space World and the host of Open Space Sangha. She has facilitated in Canada, USA, and Russia. She is also a certified Master Community Weaver (OS-based grassroots citizen activation process) with the Family Support Network and holds certification from Spiral Dynamic Integral.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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