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Open Space Technology
Open Space Technology (OST) is one way to enable all kinds of people, in any kind of organization, to create inspired meetings and events. Over the last 20+ years, it has also become clear that opening space, as an intentional leadership practice, can create inspired organizations, where ordinary people work together to create extraordinary results with regularity.
Description of the problem
Explore, plan and project together, particularly in large group can prove extremely difficult. Logistic, organization, inclusiveness, effectiveness are big challenges and final quality of decision and process are constantly at risk. Other effects are: the impossibility to clearly see where the energy and the resources are, the risk of exclusion, the lack of creativity and more.
AnalysisMaking different actors of the community meet, share, design and plan together is difficult. And if you are truly trying to produce empowerment and foster diversity and inclusiveness even more. And if you are really searching for energy, creativity and quality… ok, you’ve got it. Open Space Technology (OST) is a very powerful (widely experienced) tool to use when you are really trying to fulfill the goals above, here is the link to the documentation, and you can find online resources, books, trained facilitators and all you need to make an OST meeting quite easily. And it always works!
Risks and precautionsThere are places and social environments where this methodology is well known and diffused, but in general the main problems in using OST are two:
- It scares all
- You need to identify the right question