Friday, May 15, 2015
1-2 PM Eastern Time
Self Organization and Open Space Technology
Guests: Harrison Owen, Henri Lipmanowicz, and Joelle Everett
Harrison Owen is the originator of Open Space Technology, the process that businesses and other organizations large a small have used successfully for transformation and positive change that overcomes exhaustion, stress and tattered spirits. He’s also a gifted storyteller whose insights may surprise you. Watch his TedX presentation Dancing with Shiva and join this provocative conversation.
Harrison Owen is President of H.H.Owen and Co. His academic background and training centered on the nature and function of myth, ritual and culture. In the middle '60s, he left academe to work with a variety of organizations including small West African villages, urban (American and African) community organizations, Peace Corps, Regional Medical Programs, National Institutes of Health, and Veterans Administration. Along the way he discovered that his study of myth, ritual and culture had direct application to these social systems. In 1977 he created H.H.Owen and Company in order to explore the culture of organizations in transformation as a theorist and practicing consultant. Harrison convened the First International Symposium on Organization Transformation, and is the originator of Open Space Technology. He is the author of Spirit: Transformation and Development in Organizations, Leadership Is, Riding the Tiger, Open Space Technology: A Users Guide (Second Edition. Berrett-Koehler), The Millennium Organization, Tales From Open Space (editor), Expanding Our Now: The Story of Open Space Technology (Berrett-Koehler), The Power of Spirit: How Organizations Transform (Berrett-Koehler, 2000) , The Practice of Peace (Human Systems Dynamics Institute, 2003), and Wave Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self Organizing World (Berrett-Koehler, 2008) His client have included Owens/Corning Fiberglas, Procter and Gamble, DuPont, Eastern Virginia Medical Authority, Shell/Netherlands, Shell Tankers (Dutch), Shell/Canada, The French Ministry of Telecommunications (PTT), The U.S. Forest Service, The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Jonathan Corporation, The U.S. Army, Ikea (Sweden), Statoil (Norway), SAS Airlines, Young Presidents Organization, City University Business School (London), Gronigen University Business School (Holland), Taj Hotel Group (India), Congresso De Desarrollo Organizacional (Mexico), PepsiCola (Venezuela), National Education Association, Toronto-Dominion Bank (Canada), American Management Systems, American Society of Training and Development, Scott Paper, TELCEL/Venezuela, The American Society of Association Executives, The Presbyterian Church (USA), The Accor Hotel Group (France), Ermetek Corp (South Africa), The Union of International Associations (Belgium), Rockport Shoes, Corporate Express, The World Bank, AT&T, IBM, USWEST, The Organization Development Network, Lucent Technologies, The Bank of Montreal, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Banner Health, The YWCA(USA), and The Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Henri Lipmanowicz retired from Merck in 1998 after a 30-year career during which he progressed from Managing Director in Finland to President of the Intercontinental Region and Japan (The world minus the US and Western Europe) and a member of Merck Management Committee. In 2000 Henri co-founded the Plexus Institute and served as Chairman of the Board until 2010. Born in Carcassonne, France, Henri holds a MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Columbia University and a MS degree in Chemical Engineering from France. His career gave him the opportunity to live in seven countries and made him a perpetual world traveler. He resides in the U.S. with his Finnish wife; their joy in their seven grandchildren is beyond their wildest expectations. His current passion is Liberating Structures, and he co-authored the book The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash a Culture of Innovation.
Joelle Everett is the owner of Sound Resources, an organization that supports organizational and personal change by consulting, coaching, teaching, and designing and facilitating workshops, meetings and conferences. She brings all voices into the conversation by using processes that encourage social engagement and behavior change, and offers workshops and coaching for individuals in personal transitions or making life-changing decisions. She has worked with diverse clients from business, public, nonprofit and healthcare sectors in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and Russia. She is author of "Strange and Wonderful Things," a book of original poems published in 2000, co-author of a chapter in "Inviting Everyone: Healing Healthcare through Positive Deviance," and author of a chapter in "Altar Making: An Active Meditation for Healing Your Heart and Deepening Spiritual Meaning in Your Life." She also edited a special journal issue for Pacific NW Organization Development Network and is editor of an occasional online newsletter for the Open Space Institute U.S.