How many times have you participated in different conferences? Why have you took part in them? Who were other participants of those conferences? What do you remember from them? Maybe you remember a time you have spent with someone you've seen for the first time in your life and drinking coffe with him/her? Why do you remember that moment? The answer is easy... what about a conference which is a permament coffee break where you can freely discusson various topics. The same statement was made by Harrison Owen in 1983 - creator of Open Space Technology.
Open Space Technology (OST) is an approach to purpose-driven leadership, including a way for hosting meetings, conferences, corporate-style retreats, symposiums, and community summit events, focused on a specific and important purpose or task — but beginning without any formal agenda, beyond the overall purpose or theme.
Open Space will help in:
- fostering communication in orgnisation
- integrating different actors in project
- overcoming conflicts in critical situations
- developing creativity and motivation