Peggy Holman convenes and hosts conversations that matter, inviting people and systems to gather around issues that matter to them. Originally working in Information Technology, she left a career managing software development to pursue work in Total Quality. After participating in a successful company-wide transformation of an early cellular phone company, she began working with processes that brought together the “whole system” to address complex, important issues in organizations and communities. While her early consulting efforts were inside organizations, today, she works mainly on initiatives that reach across organizational boundaries to address complex social system challenges. Most notably, she is a co-founder of Journalism that Matters, www.journalismthatmatters.org, an initiative that convenes the diverse and evolving participants of journalism’s “ecosystem” to cultivate a new news and information ecology. The vastly expanded second edition of her book, The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 2007), co-edited with Tom Devane and Steven Cady, has been warmly received as an aid to people wishing to increase the effectiveness of their organizations and communities. Her latest book is Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity (Berrett-Koehler, September, 2010). Peggy has an MBA from Seattle University.
For generations, humans have organized themselves to get things done. When people come together, define their purpose, organize themselves to explore and act on what matters to them, great ideas, inspired per- formance, and sustained activity follow. By naming deeply human patterns that invite people to take responsibility for what they love as an act of service, Harrison Owen, created Open Space Technology. It enables groups of 5-2,000 to self-organize to handle complex and important issues, inviting useful leadership and structure to emerge.
Outcomes frequently include people:
✦ Feeling stretched, affirmed and supported in pursuing their work;
✦ Connecting with others, deepening relationships and discovering syn- ergistic collaborations;
✦ Opening to new insights and possibilities, birthing unexpected and in- novative initiatives;
✦ Strengthening their sense of clarity, solidarity, and community with others as they discover complementary intentions and language
Join this session for a taste of the theory, the practice and the spirit of Open Space.