Open Space Resources

PLEASE NOTE: A number of links here have rotted over the years, and I will be gradually replacing and updating them in the next few weeks.  

This collection of resources, notes, stories and references is intended to support facilitators and sponsors in convening and running Open Space Technology events. There are also resources here that may extend deeper learning in the four practice areas of opening, inviting, holding and grounding, and help you find ways to open and hold space in bigger ways.

An example of opening space

This is a longer form opening recorded at a provincial gathering of social service providers who were looking at addressing issues arising from the death of a young person in the care of the state.  It is an example of my basic script, which has a few pieces to it:

  1. Acknowledging who is present
  2. Articulating the invitation
  3. Explaining the process
  4. Describing the principles
  5. Restating the invitation
  6. Opening the space

Opening the conversation

Use these resources for opening the conversation with sponsors and preparing yourself for facilitating OpenSpace events.

Creating Invitations that rock.

Use these resources in working with sponsors to prepare invitations.

Holding space and supporting emergence

Use these resources to understand the role of the facilitator, and to help plan and layout the space in which you will be working.

Books and other resources

A collection of online books that support Open Space, including the first edition of Harrison Owen’s User’s Guide.

Finally here is  the world wide home of Open Space on the web.

  • Open Space World – International community web site with links to hundreds of resources around the world.
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