Open Space facilitators

Bert Elliott bert.elliott at
Thu Feb 25 08:43:38 PST 1999

I don't think one can hold the space and fill the space at the same time. In my mind, the choice is to facilitate or join the group providing ideas. One cannot fufil both roles at the same time and the facilitator role is too important to the entire process to abandon. If one's passion for the content is stronger than his/her passion for the integrity of the process, the person should register as a participant and allow someone else to facilitate.

Andrea Barrett wrote:

> Hello
> Andrea Barrett here with an item for discussion. In my experience there comes along in OS Conference every once in  awhile, a facilitation dilemma: Iwould be interested in your input:
> AS the conference facilitator I have been intrigued by some of the conferences that I have been asked to facilitate. If I had not been asked to facilitate them, then I would have certainly have been attracted to attend as a participant. This generally happens if the Conference theme relates directly to my area of expertise (facilitation/organisational consultancy). If  I am in the role of OS Conference facilitator and am passionate about the theme and want to convene a session as well as facilitating the event I am faced with a dilemma.
> Is conveneing a session whilst facilitating the event abandoning (albeit temporarily) the role of space holder. Is it confusing for the participants?  I have seen Harrison doing it although that was at an OS on OS for facilitators.....ANy responses?
> Andrea.
> Andrea Barrett
> Process and Organisational Consultant
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