Open Space is a method for large groups where 20 to 1000 people collaborate to work on a topic or find a solution for a problem.
- At the beginning all participants are sitting in a circle. The facilitator “opens the space” and introduces the procedure.
- Content and organisation emerge from the interests and topics of the participants. Everybody can make a contribution. It should be a topic or task with some urgency. Someone should be willing to take the responsibility.
- Issues are assigned to the available work rooms and time slots on a large paper-covered wall.
- During the market phase, starting times and rooms are negotiated and participants sign up to rooms according to their interest in the topics.
- Group work: Participants self-organise their work, guided by the law of two feet (see below). The group organisers are asked to document the results of the group work in order to make it available to other participants.
- Morning and evening news
- Evaluation and implementation planning
- Final round (often with a ritual where the speaker holds up a rod)
- „Closing the room“
Space for documentation
- Do we have one headline at the beginning or what is the reason to come together?
- Are the processes limited in time or participants?
- Is the duration limited: possible over serveral days, weeks, month?
- Should one use templates for the results and their documentation?