Open Space TechnologyI first discovered Harrison Owen using Open Space Technology to conduct a meeting at a hotel in a Denver Suburb where I happened to be waiting for a friend.
"Open Space Technology (OST) is an approach to purpose-driven leadership, including a way for hosting meetings, conferences, corporate-style retreats, symposiums, and community summit events, focused on a specific and important purpose or task — but beginning without any formal agenda, beyond the overall purpose or theme.
"Open Space is the only process that focuses on expanding time and space for the force of self-organisation to do its thing. Although one can't predict specific outcomes, it's always highly productive for whatever issue people want to attend to. Some of the inspiring side effects that are regularly noted are laughter, hard work which feels like play, surprising results and fascinating new questions." [Wikipedia, see below]
Four Key Principles
The Law of Two Feet: "If you find yourself in a situation where you aren't learning or contributing, go somewhere else."
- Whoever comes is the right people.
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
- Whenever it starts is the right time.
- When it is over it is over.