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…

A Team Charter

Groups can work more of less effectively together. When groups are formed to achieve something together over time, how well they work together will determine a more or less successful outcome. A work project An academic project Creating a product in a team Solving  a problem together It can be useful to develop and and sign…

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…

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…

The Conversify Gallery

From this… To this… And this… And this… And this… And this… And this… And this… And this… And this… And this… Oh, and this… Visit the main Conversity page

Open Space Technology Explained in Detail

… that’s it. Open Space is a method founded in a circle of people, who come together to self-organise a conversation about something they want to get to work together to explore and take action.  

Stories of Open Space 7 – Flash Mob Open Space

This is an account of a recent 3-hour gathering of Conscious Business UK in London, UK. I was the facilitator of the event though aspects of the design of the session were not entirely in my hands. A speaker over-ran by nearly thirty minutes and participants looked tired. It was very interesting content and a…

Stories of Open Space

                    These are the real stories that light up open space. The stories here are of how open space isn’t a fixed process. These stories demonstrate that even open space technology itself can and should be adapted to the emerging needs of the moment. Stories of…

Stories of Open Space 6

This is a story of very informal, almost “pop-up” Open Space. A community who are interested in the topic of “innovation” are invited to an Innovation Conversation (View the invites here and here and here). They aren’t told they are coming to an event that includes Open Space. It’s just a conversation in a cafe. The format…