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Discover the Power of: Voluntary Participation
Broad Information Sharing
And be prepared ...
... to be surprised!
"An organization's results are
determined through webs
of human commitments,
born in webs of human
"We sought workers,
but human beings
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Wisdom at Work
What people have said about Open Space . . .
New York Times
"An intense learning experience."
"A smashing success, according to even the most
Tom Peters, In Pursuit of WOW
"Open Space is a very powerful methodology
to engage people in. People take ownership.
They come up with solutions. It brings out
the dormant possibilities in people."
Helen Vazquez, World Bank
"One thing you discover with Open Space is
your people know what changes they need to
make. All you have to do after they've made
their recommendations is say, 'Go.'"
Gary Gonsalves, Corporate Express
"I've used it dozens of times with monstrous
effectiveness. Even the most cynical people
have said, 'Can we do it again?'"
S. Mirkellian, TMS Training International
"It was very valuable, creating community space
in a special way."
John Colvin, Sustainable Futures
What is Open Space?
A flexible, informal meeting management strategy
that creates the fundamental conditions for open
communication, collaboration and creativity.
An innovative conference methodology that
stimulates widespread information sharing,
self-directed learning and systems thinking.
A dynamic and self-organizing approach to
human interaction that encourages the structure
of a gathering to emerge naturally and easily
from within the deeply held passions and
interests of the participants.
A powerful approach to organizational
transformation that releases the passion,
wisdom, and commitment inherent within the
A spaciousness of spirit that invites the
discovery, exploration and fulfillment of
our highest human potential.
How does Open Space work?
No agenda is required, and only minimal
preparation is needed. Stakeholders are
simply invited to convene together based
upon a shared interest in the theme of the
Open Space event. The self-organizing
structure of the gathering is based on
the following guidelines.
The Principles of Open Space:
When it starts, it starts.
Whoever comes is the right people.
Whatever happens is the only thing that
When it's over, it's over.
The Law of 2 Feet:
If at any time, in any meeting, you are
neither learning nor contributing, you have
a responsibility to yourself and to others
to use your two feet to go somewhere
where you can (learn and contribute).
The Wild Card: Be prepared to be surprised!
What actually happens in an Open Space event?
The Open Space event begins with everyone
gathered in an open circle. The facilitators
briefly introduce the theme and guidelines of
the Open Space process, and then invite the
participants to identify their passions, needs
and interests - all the issues and concerns
they want to explore within the Open Space.
Participants then choose those issues which,
individually, are of most interest and
importance, and these topics become the
focal point for all the subsequent break-out
sessions, dialogue and action planning.
When should we go into Open Space?
Whenever as individuals, as an organization or
as a community we are faced with:
An uncertain future.
A complex problem that does not have an
A deadline of yesterday, i.e., an urgent
need for rapid decision-making and
High levels of diversity with potential or
An opportunity that requires the skill,
ability and commitment of everyone within
The challenge of finding meaning and purpose
in our experience.
A need for creative thinking, innovation
A desire for improved communication,
shared learning and high play.
Consider the possibility....
"Leadership is no longer (and possibly never was)
a matter of command and control exercised by
The One or the Few over the many. Leadership
is liberation, the capacity to inspire the human
Spirit on its quest for fulfillment. It is not about
answers, but rather questions. It is not the
dictatorial domain of the single powerful leader,
but rather the birthright of each and every
human soul -- only waiting to be realized."
"Suppose the Open Space experience is not the
exception, but rather the rule. Not some fantasm,
but the way things are. Under these circumstances,
Open Space is not an aberration but rather a
break-through of reality. The aberration lies
with our concept of what organizational life
should be like." Harrison Owen