What is Open Space?
Open Space is a way to enable self-organizing groups of all sizes to deal with highly complex issues in a very short period of time.
The focus must be on a real business issue that is of passionate concern to those who will be involved.
People gather around a theme for 1-2 days. After a short introduction about the people present and the topic, they decide together about an agenda through which many topics related to the main issue can be discussed, shared, explored in parallel sessions. Participants organize those sessions themselves and also take care about reporting results from the parallel sessions to the main group.
The facilitator(s) do most of the structuring before so that during the Open Space Conference they can limit themselves to the essentials.
For all participants there are 4 principles and there is one law:
1. Whoever comes, are the right people (those people who really care about the topic)
2. Whatever happens, is the right thing to happen
3. Whenever it begins, it begins
4. Whenever it’s over, it’s over
One law: Be where you need to be: Follow your two feet (if you find you have something better to do, go elsewhere).
Finally: Expect the unexpected and enjoy!
*) based upon Open Space Technology – a user’s guide from Harrison Owen
2009 we discussed the turbulent times and the impact on our work.
2010 the theme was sustainability in organization and society development.
2011 we focused on unplugged leadership.
2012 we gathered around Feet in the mud, eyes on the horizon.
2013 the theme was Playful co-creation.