Open Space Discussion, Connection and Action!

Common feedback from conferences like this is “there were not enough opportunities for discussion” or “we needed more time to explore this topic.” This year at Board Basics 2016, we are opening up the floor to collaborate on topics YOU (and hopefully some of your colleagues) want to talk about, connect with, and take action on.

Using the Open Space Technology approach, the goal of this time is to create time and space for people to engage creatively around issues of concern to them. The agenda is set by you – people with the desire to see it through, and typically, Open Space meetings result in transformative experiences for the individuals and groups involved.

Open Space Technology meetings can produce the following deliverables:

  • Every single issue that anybody cares about enough to raise will be “on the table”
  • All issues will receive as much discussion as people care to give them
  • All issues will be prioritized
  • Related issues will be converged
  • Responsibility will be taken for next step actions

How does Open Space Technology work?

  • Open Space operates under four principles and one law. The four principles are:
    1. Whoever comes are the right people
    2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened
    3. When it starts is the right time
    4. When it’s over it’s over
  • The Law is known as the Law of Two Feet: “If you find yourself in a situation where you are not contributing or learning, move somewhere where you can.”

This Open Space gathering will be supported by Kim Rowe from the Community Development Unit (CDU).