Today is my Father Harrison Owen‘s 80th Birthday!
Many people all around the globe are celebrating Dad’s Birthday in an all day video “conference” . . . and are also celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the emergence of Open Space Technology as a much needed alternative to “Organizational Development” . . . Oft coined as “Organizational Transformation.”
Open Space Technology is about inviting anyone and everyone who chooses to show up the opportunity to engage in that for which they have passion . . . Enough Passion such that they are willing to take responsibility by inviting others to join them.
The “trick” is that this is the way things (everything) of significance have ALWAYS gotten done.
Someone has an idea . . . issues an invitation to others to join in the development and implementation of said idea . . . and stuff happens.
Nothing here is new.
Everyone has passion, but how many of us take responsibility for that passion?
What is it that stops folks from taking action?
What do we fear?
Is it a fear of failure?
Is there fear that no-one will show up?
Is there fear that the idea/passion isn’t “good” or appropriate . . . or just one that no-one but you cares about now?
I write this post to let us all “off the hook” of all that needless fear.
The real truth is that Passion simply wants to be unleashed.
Our sole responsibility is to recognize our Passion and take action by inviting and doing and understanding the 5 Principles and 1 Law
- Whoever comes is the right people
- Whenever it starts is the right time
- Whatever Happens in the only thing that could have
- Wherever it happens is the right place
- When it’s over, It’s over!
The law of 2 feet – If at any time you find yourself in a place where you are neither giving nor receiving anything of value, it is YOUR responsibility to use your 2 feet to take yourself to a place where you can contribute and/or receive – Be Useful!
Please understand that “The main barrier of doing anything is yourself”
You “authorize yourself” . . . That’s no other person’s right or responsibility.
So . . . First . . . Happy Birthday Dad!
I hereby challenge you to consider your passion(s) and do something about them first by showing up yourself and then by inviting others along for the ride.
I think this is a fantastic model for any business . . . ESPECIALLY one that involves leading families through complex processes . . . Like Buying and/or selling a house.