World Open Space
on Open Space 2008
The Invitation
To Register
The Site
Getting There
Who's Coming?
Our Sponsors
Schedule and Times for Events
recommendations and links (delegates are responsible for their own accommodation)
Airports and Ground Transportation
Opportunities to help share resources with others so they, too, can join us at the WOSonOS
Information and suggestions about financial aid, home stays, and other resources
Visa information
Global Village Marketplace and Silent Auction
Maps and driving directions for the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio, Fort Mason, and San Francisco
Other Places and Things to Do in and around San Francisco (including whale watching, a WOSonOS tradition in regions shared with whales)
Currency Conversion
Weather (summer in San Francisco shifts from warm to foggy and cold)
About Open Space Technology
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WOSonOS 2008 Host Team

The Open Space Institute of the US,
Sister Open Space Institutes around the world, and international colleagues
invite you to

the 16th World Open Space on Open Space (WOSonOS)

A conference in Open Space, for facilitators, organizations and colleagues who use Open Space
San Francisco, California, USA

July 21 through July 28, 2008*

What Can We Learn / Teach / Explore / Share / Discover with Each Other
about our work in Open Space around the world?

*We invite you to a week of Open Space events:

Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22, 2008

Open Space Learning Workshop

(separate fee, separate registration—open to the public—for more information contact

As the WOSonOS is not a training but rather an invitation to explore OST on deeper levels, we invite all of you who have not yet experienced facilitating and using this method to take the Open Space Learning Workshop, another Open Space workshop or have some actual facilitation experience before attending this conference.

Tuesday, July 22, evening

Author Evening with Harrison Owen

(a free event, open to the public, donations welcome, please pre-register)

Join Harrison Owen, the originator of Open Space Technology, as we celebrate the launch of the Third Edition of the fundamental book on Open Space, Open Space Technology: A User's Guide—Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco 2008.

Wednesday, July 23, evening

Welcome Reception
to meet old and new friends and colleagues

(included in the WOSonOS registration fee, registered delegates only)

Thursday, July 24 through Saturday, July 26, 2008

World Open Space on Open Space
for facilitators, organizations and colleagues who use Open Space

(included in the WOSonOS registration fee, registered delegates only—conference, Wednesday reception, Thursday through Saturday lunches, and Thursday evening celebration dinner)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Fabulous Facilitators
lunch and conversation

(a free event, open to all facilitators, donations welcome—for more information contact

A monthly meeting of facilitators from across the San Francisco Bay Area—come visit colleagues in our local network and join our conversation about group facilitation and group process

This week of Open Space learning, exploration, interchange and celebration will be followed by an
OpenSpace-Online® event in September 2008 (WOSOonOS 2008).
The date and time for our online event will be announced later in 2008.

To share this invitation with your networks and colleagues of Open Space facilitators and users:
PDF version of the invitation