Open space is simple: Start discussions that spread helpful tools and challenge the status quo.
The format is also simple:
- People suggest topics and topics are organize by location and time slots (market place)
- Concurrent discussions take place across time slots (this is the open space)
- Open space ends with a collective sharing of things people learned
The session topics will vary, as will the format. Some sessions may be more focused than others. Each person suggesting a session with describe the goal or topic for the session, and then take ownership of starting/leading that discussion. While the session formats vary, the goal of each session is the same: sharing ideas, success stories, persistent challenges and possible solutions.