Working in Open Space: A Guided Tour

Welcome to Open Space… look around, please, and see who’s here. Imagine that you’re sitting in a circle of friends, colleagues and perhaps some strangers, too. It might be just a dozen of you for a one-day working conversation, but perhaps it’s 120 or even as many as 1200 gathered for a 2 1/2-day strategic conference. If it’s just a few, we might be in your office conference room or a small hotel meeting place. If it’s a very large group, we’re likely in a hotel ballroom, a high school gymnasium, or even a warehouse facility that your company has cleared out especially for the work of this conference.

In these times of swirling change, conversation qualifies as real work — and is essential for powerful, profitable action. As specialization and customization increase, complex webs of relationships and information emerge, pressure for frontline decision-making and on-time delivery rises, and individual control seems to be slipping away, it’s never been more important to be deeply connected with our partners at work. Open Space Technology is a simple, powerful way to catalyze effecitve working conversations and truly inviting organizations — to thrive in times of swirling change.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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