Chapter IX Endings and New Beginnings

All good things, including Open Space, must come to an end. This ending may be just an end, which usually leaves a strong sense of incompleteness and certainly doesn’t take advantage of all the findings, feelings, and growth that typically happen during an Open Space event. An ending with dignity and intention can supply the necessary closure, while at the same time provide a jump-off point for the next round of activity that the organization or group may wish to undertake.

As you construct the closure for an Open Space event, it will quickly become apparent that the more-or-less standard ways of bringing a program to conclusion simply will not do. Whatever is done must be done in the same spirit as ...

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