What is Open Space?

Open Space meetings are a great means to enable all kinds of people, in any kind of organization, to create inspired meetings and events.

Some younger folks might know Open Space from Barcamps, which have become very popular among web 2.0 activists. Barcamps borrow many ideas from Open Space: no set agenda, collective creation of the conference schedule on day 1, "whoever comes is the right people", and more.

How Open Space Works

  • Whoever comes are the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it's over, it's over

An Open Space conference's agenda is decided upon by the conference participants during the opening of the event.

You can identify an issue relating to the theme of the conference for which you have a genuine passion and for which you will take real responsibility.

Think of powerful ideas that really grab you to the point that you will take personal responsibility to make sure that something gets done at the conference.

You may lead sessions, you may participate as an attendee, you may take responsibility for capturing proceedings, or you may just hang out in the halls and talk with interesting people.

Be prepared to be surprised.



To find out more about Open Space, this is a good address to start with: Open Space World and here is an interesting blog by Jack Martin Leith on Open Space.