Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology

Developed by Harrison Owen, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of importance to them. It is firmly based on principles of self-organisation and self-responsibility. With groups of any size Open Space fosters powerful connections between participants that strengthen learning, creativity and participation.

Open Space works best when the work to be done is complex, the people and ideas involved are diverse, the passion for resolution (and the potential for conflict) is high, and the time to get it done was yesterday. It has been described as the most powerful leadership and meeting approach for the 21st century.

 At the World in Waiting and for the Better Bristol For All Open Space Project (September 2010 to February 2011) the Open Space process was facilitated by Vivian Broughton and Liz Martins and the following team of volunteers:

Marian Liebmann, Kate Linton, Julia Stafford, Rob Porteous, John Dawson, Em Sawday, Anna Rose, Marilyn Easton, Maria Grime, Arieh Kronenberg, Simon Stafford-Townsend.

A Better Bristol For All Open Space Project, September 2010 – February 2011.

During the past seven months the Open Space process has been used throughout Bristol in local neighborhood areas as community collaboration events with great  success. Many local issues were addressed, Neighbourhood Partnership leaders were very satisfied with the results and the participants’ feedback showed that they really enjoyed the self-organising creativity of the OS process. The reports from these local events are all feeding into the reports generated on February 10th World in Waiting day.

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