30th November 2021 by Steve Holyer

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On Pace and Open Space Training In December

We know! This is a busy time at the end of the year. We feel it too. Why are we launching a new Open Space Leadership cohort now?

We've re-structured our full-cohort training sessions to take things at a very natural pace. We think you'll really like it. We've moved from a packed-full 3-week workshop to a this new more organic 6-week format.

Since it's December, we'll build in a break for the holidays this time as well. I suspect a break half-way through workshop will benefit your learning experience as well.

The refreshed workshop works, even for busy December.

But what about the material?

We are including all same material and learning as before. The learning is just as full, and we get to take it at a calmer, more emergent and mindful pace.

Plus, we've refreshed and updated everything. The corona virus catalysed or accelerated many changes in the world. One change is our relationship to online and remote work. That's significant for a workshop we designed to be remote-first in pre-covid times.

As we've refreshed it, this course is now fits today's experience naturally.

Deb said:

"Oh! Exciting. As I designed it, this course has always been dense and fast moving. A 6-week cohort sounds awesome. It allows some slowness and room for breathe and emergent learning!

Even at the end of a long year, we're holding space in this workshop. It's space for deep learning, and it's  a refreshing change of pace.

This 6-week workshop will prepare you to continue working on the edge to transform our messy world organically—in small ways and big one. The investment will prepare you for your work in 2022.

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