Open Space Technology
What is an Open Space Technology meeting?
Open Space Technology has been defined as:
What is Open Space Technology best used for?
Open Space Technology is useful in almost any context including strategic direction setting, envisioning the future, conflict resolution, morale building, consultation with stakeholders, community planning, collaboration and deep learning about issues and perspectives.
When is Open Space Technology the best meeting format to use?
Any situation in which there is:
What outcomes can I expect from an Open Space Technology Meeting?
Open Space Technology meetings can produce the following deliverables:
How does an Open Space Technology meeting work?
Open Space operates under four principles and one law. The four principles are:
"If you find yourself in a situation where you are not contributing or learning, move somewhere where you can."
The four principles and the law work to create a powerful event motivated by the passion and bounded by the responsibility of the participants.
What does Open Space look like?
A meeting room prepared for Open Space has a circle of chairs in the middle, letters or numbers around the room to indicate meeting locations, a blank wall that will become the agenda and a news wall for recording and posting the results of the dialogue sessions.
Essentially an Open Space meeting proceeds along the following process:
Open Space Technology overview
A brief guide for Open Space
The Open Space World Community shares resources and stories at their ning site.
Open Space Technology: A User's Guide is Harrison Owen's definitive guide to hosting Open Space meetings.