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…

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…

What is Open Space ?

Open Space usually refers to a method of meeting and getting things done called Open Space Technology. Open Space can also refer to any approach that “opens space” for something possible to happen, for some potential to be realised. It suggests that a situation may be restricted by too much control and structure, limiting the…

Exploring the Principles: When it’s over, it’s over

This is my personal favorite principle of open space technology. Why should a session run to the end of its allotted time on a timetable if the conversation has reached a natural end? Why should a vital conversation be brought to a premature end if it needs to flow on? When we self-organise a conversation,…

Exploring the Principles: Whoever comes are the right people

Like many of the open space principles, they are true at an archetypal level. The people who are in the room to get to work together on something are the people we have. Where attendance in that room is voluntary, we have a community formed out of freedom, and that commitment means the right people…

Exploring the Principles: Whenever it starts is the right time

We can become trapped by all kinds of dogma in our lives. One of them is start times. Businesses clock people in and out and there are sanctions for poor timekeeping. We grow up with school timetables and many of us probably remember being told off or even punished for being late to class. In…

Open Space – Pure and Simple

An invitation goes out to a group or community of people who are in a position to voluntarily attend an open space event. This open space event is based on this invitation: an invitation to a conversation on a topic that will make that community restless enough to attend the event and to “get to…