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August 2010

Meeting Date: 
17 Aug 2010

Meeting on August 17, 2010 (1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. PDT)

Present: Christine Whitney Sanchez, Karen Davis, Harold Shinsato, Doug Germann, Phelim McDermott

Absent: Peggy Holman, Ed LaBoy, Suzanne Daigle, Lisa Heft

Notestaker: Harold Shinsato

Moment of Silence marked the beginning of our meeting

1) Online Web Presence and Identity

Harold has secured but there may be confusion with Lisa Heft’s site ( It is possible to get free web hosting from for U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations. There was concern that the OSI US organization needs to respect the Open Space Institutes in other countries and not try to dominate the web presence. Harold will propose to the rest of the board members not present and we can leave it in the bin.

While we were covering online web presence, we also discussed the Basecamp site Phelim has set up for us. There was general agreement that despite initial sign up problems it has been helpful for organizing our thoughts.

2) Face to Face Meeting

Phelim doesn’t know his schedule and has asked not to be included in the planning for the face to face meeting. Looking at the calendars of those present, we proposed meeting December 11-13, 2010 in New York City.

3) Potential for Strategic Collaboration in Open Space Community

Christine raised this issue of strategic collaboration and how Open Space might assist in this higher level of collaboration. Given that the discussion might work better in face to face meetings, Christine said she was willing to table this until we do a face to face meeting. Harold raised the subject of the Scrum Beyond Software gathering in Open Space in Phoenix in September which would likely be a great place to discuss this topic, as Scrum is a project management tool that has come out of the Software community which bears a lot of resemblance to Open Space in its emphasis on Self-Organizing. Suzanne Daigle will also be facilitating it.


Items in the ‘BIN’:

1) Online Web Presence and Identity
2) Face to Face Meeting
3) Potential for Strategic Collaboration in Open Space Community
4) Annual Meeting
5) Ask letter follow-up (Peggy)
6) Loan support (Peggy)
7) Online Bookstore

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