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
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.
1998-2000 Michael Herman Associates