Open Space Technology

Our clients

  • Association of Information and Image Management (USA)
  • Bank Indonesia
  • Bank Negara Malaysia
  • British Council (global)
  • CapitaLand
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
  • Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore
  • Defence Science & Technology Agency
  • Department of Transport (Abu Dhabi)
  • DesignSingapore Council
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (Italy)
  • Health Promotion Board
  • Housing & Development Board
  • Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
  • Institute of Technical Education
  • IE Singapore
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (Italy)
  • Islamic Development Bank (Saudi Arabia)
  • Jardine Group (Hong Kong)
  • Keppel Land
  • Maxis (Malaysia)
  • Ministry of Law
  • Ministry of Manpower
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • National Library Board
  • National Science Foundation (USA)
  • Public Service Division
  • Singapore Army
  • Singapore Customs
  • Singapore Exchange Regulation
  • Singapore Sports Council
  • The Revenue Commissioners, Ireland
  • SUT Sakra Pte Ltd
  • Workforce Development Agency
  • Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte Ltd

Open Space Technology (OST) is an approach developed by Harrison Owen in the United States, and is a way of holding meetings on complex or intractable issues, or where the future is uncertain. It is designed with minimal structure, and has had notable success in gaining high levels of commitment, communication and clarity of direction from participants.

Straits Knowledge was one of a pioneering group who brought Open Space Technology to Singapore in August 2002 through a facilitator training workshop held by Chicago based Open Space pracitioner Michael Hermann. Open Space has been used in strategic re-visioning, peace mediation in the Middle East, addressing community development challenges, opening up corporate communication and innovation channels, and more.

Possible uses for OST: