03.03.2016, Päivi Valtonen
Open Space Activity
What is Open Space method?
It is a self-organizing practice of inner discipline and collective activity which releases the inherent creativity and leadership in people. By inviting people to take responsibility for what they care about, Open Space establishes a marketplace of inquiry, reflection and learning, bringing out the best in both individuals and the whole.
HOW IT WORKS:
There is one crucial law: The Law of Two Feet. It means you take responsibility for what you care about — standing up for that and using your own two feet to move to whatever place you can best contribute and/or learn.
Four principles apply to how you navigate in open space:
1. Whoever comes, is the right people
Whoever is attracted to the same conversation are the people who can contribute most to that conversation—because they care. So they are exactly the ones—for the whole group– who are capable of initiating action.
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could’ve
We are all limited by our own pasts and expectations. This principle acknowledges we’ll all do our best to focus on NOW– the present time and place– and not get bogged down in what could’ve or should’ve happened.
3. When it starts is the right time
The creative spirit has its own time, and our task is to make our best contribution and enter the flow of creativity when it starts.
4. When it’s over, it’s over
Creativity has its own rhythm. So do groups. Just a reminder to pay attention to the flow of creativity – not the clock. When you think it is over, ask: Is it over? And if it is, go on to the next thing you have passion for. If it’s not, make plans for continuing the conversation.