Open Space Technology
What is Open Space?
Open Space is a dynamic group activity that gives us the opportunity to support positive transformation through improved communication and enhanced collaboration focused around a central topic, question or concern.
At Empower 2021, we will focus on this convening question:
*From Feb. 12, 2021 ABOR Strategic Enterprise Plan
What is your role?
You are the creator of the agenda. You have the power to see it through. Your momentum, desire and creativity will transform the space through meaningful conversation and deliberation.
If you are not learning or contributing, use your two feet (or click of the mouse) to take you wherever you will be more in tune with the conversation. You are in control.
Key principles apply to how you navigate in open space:
Whoever comes are the right people
|Whoever is attracted to the same conversation are the people who can contribute most to that conversation—because they care. So they are exactly the ones—for the whole group-- who are capable of initiating action.|
Wherever it happens is the right place
|Whether you find yourself self-organizing in the hallway with colleagues, meeting community members in the town square or hopping on a zoom, wherever your conversation happens is the right place.|
When it starts is the right time
The creative spirit has its own time, and our task is to make our best contribution and enter the flow of creativity when it starts.
Whatever happens, is the only thing that could've
|We are all limited by our own pasts and expectations. This principle acknowledges we'll all do our best to focus on NOW-- the present time and place-- and not get bogged down in what could've or should've happened.|
When it's over, it's over
|Creativity has its own rhythm. So do groups. Just a reminder to pay attention to the flow of creativity -- not the clock. When you think it is over, ask: Is it over? And if it is, go on to the next thing you have passion for. If it’s not, make plans for continuing the conversation.|