[OSList] 70 min open space variation.

Kári Gunnarsson kari.gunnarsson at simnet.is
Wed Jan 30 15:34:43 PST 2013

Dear open spacers at the Oslist

I am now trying my luck with open space facilitation. I am daring to
devote 100% of my time to Open Space consultation. I have found a
handful of people also offering Open Space facilitation and consulting
around the area and I have found them to be supportive treasures in my

Now I have a client that is asking for 70 min open space for 130
participants as a part of a larger schedule, at the end.  i will try
to get more time, but for now I will look into miniature Open Space,
that I will call by a different name so that there will not be any
confusion on methought. This may sound perhaps a little like Birds of
a feather methought, but I don't know that meeting methought. if
someone can elaborate on how I can do that, then it would also be

For the room setup I plan to have paper signs at the breakout spaces
where breakout host will write there discussion topic and name after
my introduction and host them right away. I will then hand out
different color signs while the discussion takes place. and ask people
that if there is a second- or a brake off discussion to use the new
color. Ill ask people to feel the passion within and write what they
have passion for and follow there indication to talk about the
discussion that needs to take place for there own sake.

I think I will also use introduce tree of the five principles,
whenever it starts, whatever happens and when it is over, and also
mention the law of mobility. But not to have any signs hanging around,
for I do not have much prep time for the room.

Now, I am fascinated by documentation after a workshop with Lisa Heft.
Therefore I have come up a plan (by courtesy of half a bottle of white
wine and some chocolate) to have some note paper around the room for
an easy note report where participants can give there reports,
personal notes, draw pictures or do some topic analyzes using complex
systems such as mind maps or SWOT analysis. Asking participants to
write the topic name with the breakout sponsors name along with there
own name on top of each page. I will then request that permission by
the participants to have there notes scanned and distributed and say
something like, "If you accept that, I ask you to leave your notes
lying around in the breakout areas to be collected after the meeting
for this purpose". Then I introduce my bells, saying "I plan to sound
the Tibetan bell in middle of the event (30 or 45 min before the end)
to remind us to think about our contribution."

I hope you people here on the list can share with me your thoughts and
experiences on short open spaces with medium sized groups (130
people), and what you have done, like if you have done some open space
variant like the Birds of a feather methought or something else that
is open and in the spirit of self organization.

Kári Gunnarsson
kari.gunnarsson at simnet.is
gsm: +354 8645189

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