OPEN SPACE TECHNOLOGY
Open Space Technology (OST) is a simple yet powerful framework used to run any kind of meeting or gathering. Participants create their own programme of self-managed discussion groups, ideas workshops and planning sessions, around a central theme, such as “what are the issues and opportunities facing the XYZ corporation or ‘community’ (neighbourhood, town or interest group)?”.
Developed by Harrison Owen, OST enables organisations and communities to operate effectively - especially in circumstances of escalating change and complexity - by generating intense engagement, high learning and genuine commitment to taking ownership of action.
It is a great way to make involvement and participation real, it is also an approach that works well when participants care deeply about the subject, when the task seems overwhelming or to encourage self organisation.
To find out more:
watch this 3 minute introductory video