I think that there is a much easier way to have the sponsor find out whether ost [Open Space Technology] fits his situation… Simply go through the preconditions for an open space event that has at its nucleus the attempt to widen the space for the forces of self[-]organisation to unfold:
- is attendance voluntary?
- is it an open question?
- is it a complex issue (not simply a complicated matter)?
- is there sufficient diversity as far as participants is concerned?
- is it a situation of conflict?
- is it urgent?
In case the sponsor finds all preconditions sufficently in place I as faciliator give him all the promises we usually list. I have found this approach to entail the least amount of work for me and keeps all the responsibility where it should be, with the sponsor.