What is Conversifying?

Conversifying breathes conversation into a meeting, conference, gathering or event. When we conversify an event, we increase the level and quality of interaction, adding energy to the dialogue. We ensure that any communication serves the purpose of all who are taking part. We look to simplify the over-complicated and be create with clunky, over-fixed meeting…

What Open Space Really Is

Open Space is the name given to a discovery. That discovery took a particular form. It was also not a particularly new discovery. What was new about it was the potential to apply it in organisational and social settings. Open Space was discovered by Harrison Owen and – legend has it – it was a…

Five Examples of Conversifying in Action

Conversifying a Conference At the 2014 Management of Innovative Technologies Conference in Piran, Slovenia, we loosened a traditionally fixed agenda and created spaces for emergent conversation and unplanned workshops and sessions. Potential research projects and partnerships emerged that would never have come about had the opportunity for conversation not been created. We also used one…

The Conversify Gallery

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A Deeper Dive into the Beauty of Open Space

Skye Hirst, a seasoned opener of space from the United States, posed the powerful question – what does beauty mean and how is it experienced,especially in relation to Open Space? Why did I call Open Space Technology Beautiful? Open Space is a benevolent process. I sense the benevolence is in… – the of gesture of…

The Radical Shake Up

Are You Ready for The Radical Shake Up? This three-day process will turn your business or organisation on its head. This is one of the most revolutionary processes in becoming a conscious business. A radical shake up is rarely easy, can be hugely painful,  but also releasing and invigorating. A radical shake up can save the…

Conversify – Meet the Conversifiers

Paul Levy Paul has been conversifying meetings, events and conferences for over 20 years. He facilitates and helps to design conversations all over the world, in the private, public and  voluntary sectors. He’s worked with organisations as small as one and as large as hundreds of thousands. Paul is an experienced facilitator of Open Space…

Open Space Audio

Audiocasts Audiocast 1 – Why Whatever Happened Might Have Happened Differently – A controversial look at the Open Space principle: Whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened, and why it isn’t true. Listen to Why Whatever Happened Might Have Happened Differently Audiocast 2 – One Less thing to do. Harrison Owen suggests…

Stories of Open Space 8 – Open Space in a Circus Tent

This was a wonderful opportunity to make use of the over-hundred year old Bosco Tent which often travels to festivals around the world with the even more famous Spiegeltent. This was a gathering of the World Fringe Netwrk who invited Fringe Festivals from around the United Kingdom to explore how they might connect and collaborate…

What is conversation really about?

So much of our conversation is about what we advocate to each other. We speak, they speak. Our turn to say something, their turn to say something. It is usually transactional. Like a game of tennis, we take turns. Often someone wins the point. Sometimes the rallies are long and we tire ourselves out! Our…

The Real Art of Flip Charting

One of the physical meeting tools most misunderstood and misused by facilitators is the flip chart. Wikipedia gives us a useful reminder of what a flip chart is and where it came from: “A flip chart is a stationery item consisting of a pad of large paper sheets. It is typically fixed to the upper…