Open Space

Facilitation and facilitator training

(1 or 2 day Open Space. For 10-100 participants

One on one,or group facilitation training)

If your team or organisation needs extra steps to get started with planning and developing new goals and strategies - with equal authority among all.

Open Space is for you.

 

Used by leading companies as NASA and Google all over the world. Open Space is a Selforganising System way of working with group from 5 to 3000 (scalable into complete organisational structure for employee driven organisations).

Open Space Technology (OST) is a method for organizing and running a meeting or multi-day conference, where participants have been invited in order to focus on a specific, important task or purpose.

In contrast with pre-planned conferences where who will speak at which time is scheduled often months in advance, and therefore subject to many changes, OST sources participants once they are physically present at the live event venue. In this sense OST is participant-driven and less organizer-convener-driven. Pre-planning remains essential; you simply need much less pre-planning.

The actual agenda-schedule of presentations is partly or mostly unknown until people begin arriving. The scheduling of which talk, on which topic in which room is created by people attending, once they arrive. At the end of each OST meeting, a debriefing doc is created summarizing what worked and what did not work so the process can go more smoothly next year.

OST began with efforts in the 1980s, by Harrison Owen. It was one of the top ten organization development tools cited between 2004 and 2013

Self-organization

"Open space" meetings are to a lesser or greater degree "self-organizing." Participants and speakers have all been invited or paid to attend. However after confirming the overall theme and focus, the meeting organizer-sponsor is much less active. The details of the daily speaking schedule are to a lesser or greater degree created and organized by attending participants and speakers "on the day of."

Given the potential chaotic nature of "open space" meetings, when the event begins, the organizer-sponsor gives their best shot at focussing the theme, groundrules, values and energies of the conference. This often includes short introductions of each speaker present.

The organizer-sponsor explains the "self-organizing" process along with any rules for changing times, talks and schedules once they are made public. The ideal event facilitator is "fully present and totally invisible", "holding a space" for participants to self-organize, rather than micro-managing activity and conversations.