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Global Chicago is a place to explore the issues and opportunities that matter most to you -- and for which you are willing to take a little responsibility by intiating a invitations and conversations here. A number of community and working groups are already experimenting with this.

Most of the forums here start with just one or a few people who posted an important question or issue and then invited others to join them. In most cases, GlobalChicago offers some electronic glue within groups that are already meeting face-to-face for working, learning, practicing or planning -- but don't meet face-to-face as often as they'd like to.

In many ways, this is an experiment in ongoing, real-world, open space. So if you've got an interest in Open Space Technology, this is a good place to play with it! Suggest a forum, moderate a discussion, invite others to join us, add spirit! This is, admittedly, a very big open space, but it still ebbs and flows, evolves and revolves, on your passion bounded by your responsibility.

And the four principles and one law of Open Space still apply:

Whoever comes is the right people. Margaret Mead said,"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world, indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." This is an open invitation to people who care about workplace and community well-being.

Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. There are bound to be surprises here, all kinds of ups and downs, but in general, this place can help us expand our view, our work, our time, our now.

Whenever it starts is the right time AND when it's over,it's over. This message is a simple invitation. It may be coming straight from me or perhaps somebody else thinks you might learn and contribute to the Forums. Either way, this sort of inviting is the simplest, most powerful -- and often the only thing -- we can do, as people, issues and passion always show up in their own good time. And when they run out, we'll mark the thread 'closed' and move on to other topics.

In cyberspace, the Law of Two Feet becomes the law of Two Clicks. As in, you're just two clicks from the farthest corners of the world or your most important colleagues across town. The challenge of this space is to use your two clicks to learn and contribute the most, for yourself, for your organization(s) and for the communities we all live in.


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