What is Open Space?

Open Space is a self-organising session where participants work together to create their own schedule. The facilitator sets the scene & introduces the theme for the open space. Anyone with a topic they want to talk about comes up to the front, announces their topic, and places a piece of paper with their topic on the marketplace wall.

After topics have started to emerge, people gather around the wall and decide which sessions they would like to participate in. If 2 sessions seem similar they can be combined. In an amazingly short period of time, an agenda is decided.

There are 4 rules of Open Space:

  • Whoever comes is the right person;
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened;
  • Whenever it starts, that is the right time; and
  • When it’s over, it’s over

If you’ve never attended an Open Space before, prepare to be surprised!

We have also included a short video on Open Space Technology.