At the McGill Summer Institute in July 1993, we undertook to gather and ‘publish’ some of the thinking and memories emerging from the Institute. The concept of ‘open space’ emerged and it included the absurd notion of publishing a document by the end of the event. It seemed like a good idea, so we did.
Explorations in Inclusion – The Learning Community.McGill SI 1993
This book emerged from 80 lifetimes of experience – and three day’s work at the McGill Summer Institute on Integrated Education and Community. Eighty people -from many provinces and states, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and New Zealand- gathered in “The Learning Community” for two weeks in July, 1993. In its second week, the community decided to explore their most immediate priorities and maximize the talents of the whole group. We called it the Learning Marketplace. Our Learning Marketplace emerged from the enormous talent and diversity of our community. The energy surge was unleashed by a simple structure built .on the work of Harrison Owen.* The concept is simple and operates quickly and efficiently to create an agenda for a diverse group. People identified issues for which they felt passion and responsibility, and negotiated for time and space to pursue them.
Each group was invited to type a brief report of their discussions to share with the whole community. This book is the result.. The book offers notes from eighty explorers of the issues in building more just, more inclusive communities.
Marsha Forest, John O’Brien, Jack Pearpoint, Judith Snow