“Which is greater: study or action?” The question was posed by Arlene Goldbard, the honored guest speaker at the Open Master’s first Convocation Feast, held in San Francisco on September 14th, 2014.
In 2013, after the Open Master's group in the DC had been launched for a little bit less than six month, a second group decided to form in the Netherlands, catalyzed by Marien Baerveldt, Saar Francken, Sydney Brouwer, Tijmen Rümke, and Tim Woensdregt. They organized a work-trade with a coworking space in Utrecht, The Netherlands to have a free room one day a week to use as their primary study space as a group in exchange for offering some learning events to the coworking community.
The first interaction most members of the first Open Master's group had in DC was a 4-hour "studio" for helping each other workshop our learning goals together. Each person got to be the center of the group's attention, one-at-a-time, for 30 minutes, while we worked refining our learning plans and focus.