Please Join Us! for the
annual Open Space practitioners gathering. For seven years now,
friends from around the world have been gathering to explore
the edges of Open Space -- and to push them out just a little
bit further. This is the place to laugh and learn -- with old
friends and kindred spirits -- some of the most experienced Open
Space practitioners on the planet and some of the most passionate
new practitioners and explorers of Open Space.
You needn't consider yourself an Open Space expert. It's enough
to bring your passion, your experience and the story from just
one place where you've opened the space -- or even a real situation
where you are actively working now to open the space. But don't
expect a training event, because that won't happen.
This is the place where great friendships, books and articles,
crazy hats and open space institutes have been born out of Open
Space experiences. It's high play and high learning. It's Open
Space on Open Space. It's downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.
Please join us!
...and please do help spread the word to those people you
know who will learn from and contribute to this worldwide open
When: September 25-28, 1999
Evening Gathering, Saturday, 7:00p until it's over -- Friends,
food, and other cures for jet lag
Conference, Sunday and Monday, 9a-5p -- Open Space on Open Space
Post-Conference, Tuesday, 9a-5p -- Care and Feeding of the Worldwide
Open Space Association
Where: The Hampton Inn and Suites, Downtown
Chicago, Illinois USA
The address is 33 West Illinois Street, between Dearborn
and State Streets, in downtown Chicago. This puts us within walking
distance of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, oodles of restaurants,
all major trains (to/from the suburbs and/or both major airports),
and the marketplace on North Michigan Avenue (for butterflies
Registration: Cost is $50-$200 USD,
mailed to Sheila Isakson, Registrar
Send a check for an amount appropriate to your circumstances
to co-host and registrar, Sheila Isakson. If you have questions
about payment, call Sheila at 414-482-1996, fax to 414-482-1896,
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There may be a credit card option (talk to Sheila), but that
costs money, too -- so whenever possible please pay by check,
made payable to Isakson Associates LLP. Send registration to
Sheila Isakson at Isakson Associates LLP, PO Box 370256, Milwaukee
WI 53237-0494, USA... AND
please include the following information
with your registration: Name, Organization, Complete Address,
Need an invoice to get a company
check cut? You can (no longer) click here and
print the page that comes up, then use the BACK button on your
browser to return to this page. This invoice is for $200, which
you can edit as appropriate. If all you need is a receipt, we
will have those available for you here in Chicago!
Lodging: Make your own reservations
for sleeping space -- ASAP -- we're meeting during a busy time
in a big-convention town. We've lined up the following arrangements,
but keep in mind that unclaimed rooms turn into pumpkins on August
The Hampton Inn and Suites --
Singles at $139, doubles at $149, plus 15% tax -- We've reserved
30 of these rooms. This rate includes breakfast in their hospitality
room. From within the USA, Call 1-800-HAMPTON to claim a space
in this block of rooms. Internationally, you make a reservation
by faxing directly to the hotel. The fax number is 312-832-0333
and your request should include your name, address, phone/fax
numbers, credit card number, arrival and departure dates, and
type of room (one king or two double beds). Our Group Name is
The Cass Hotel -- Doubles
at $84, plus 15% tax -- We've reserved 10 rooms here, about three
blocks from the Hampton (640 North Wabash Ave). These rates also
include breakfast. Call 1-800-CASS-850 for reservations or fax
to 312-787-8544. Our Group Code is "Open Space." Also,
you can check this place out online at http://www.casshotel.com.
Motel 6 -- singles $89, doubles
$99, plus 15% tax -- NO BLOCK RESERVED at what must be one of
the nicest Motel 6 in the country, just off Michigan Avenue ('magnificent
mile'). This place is closer to the lake and 2-3 blocks farther
away from the Hampton than the Cass Hotel. Their number is 312-787-3580.
More Creative Options (including
roomates) -- Contact Michael Herman at 312-280-7838
or email to email@example.com,
if you run into trouble or want to get more creative about sleeping
space, including wanting to find a roomate. If you want a roomy,
add your name to Michael's list. If you have friends in town,
chances are you'll be able to walk to/from a commuter train to
Getting There: If you get lost in
Chicago, just ask somebody. Chicago is known as a place where
folks will tell you where to go (in a very friendly way, that
Airport Shuttles -- "Airport
Express" shuttles (red, white and blue vans) come downtown
from both airports. O'Hare vans leave every 10 minutes
(6:00a to 11:30p) from Baggage Claim area at Terminals 1, 2 and
3, for $16 one-way. Midway vans leave every 15 minutes
(6:00a to 10:30p) from in front of the Southwest ticket counter,
for $11 one-way.
Airport Trains -- Follow
the signs at both airports to get to CTA trains that go downtown.
Both airports are at the end of a train line, so you can't go
the wrong way. From O'Hare,
you'll ride a blue line train that turns into a downtown subway.
Get off at the Washington/Dearborn stop and walk north across
the river on Dearborn to Illinois Street, about six blocks. Hang
a right and you're in front of the Hampton. From Midway,
you'll ride the orange line which turns into the elevated train
in the 'Loop.' Exit at the State Street station. Walk north across
the river to Illinois Street, about four blocks. Hang a left
on Illinois and go a half-block to the Hampton.
Driving to Chicago -- whether
you come from the north or the south, it's simplest to come in
on I-90/94. In both cases, get off at the Ohio Street exit (a
major exit on both sides). Eventually you'll come to a stoplight,
where you should turn right (south). Go two blocks to Illinois
Street and turn left. Go five blocks and the Hampton will be
on your right. Parking -- A number of new parking garages
are under construction in the area. Ask the hotel folks about
the best parking deals.
Questions About OSonOS?
Contact Michael Herman at 312-280-7838, 312-280-7837 fax,
OR Sheila Isakson at 414-482-1996, 414-482-1896 fax, and firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions About Open Space?
Visit the Open Space Institute sites:
Worldwide Open Space (incubating) at http://www.openspaceworld.org
Global Open Space Institute at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9215/
OSI Australia at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9215/osiaus.htm
OSI Austria at http://www.webfactory.apa.at/openspace
OSI Canada at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Oracle/9215/osican.htm
OSI Germany at http://www...???
OSI The Netherlands at http://www...???
OSI USA at http://www.tmn.com/openspace/
And individual contributions by:
Birgitt Bolton at http://www.openspacetechnology.com
Michael Herman at http://www.globalchicago.net/mha
Harrison Owen at http://www.tmn.com/~owen
Michael Pannwitz at http://www.michaelMpannwitz.de
Larry Peterson at http://Home.InfoRamp.Net/~lpasoc/
ProcessWorks, Suzanne Maxwell and friends, http://www.processworks.com/
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