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How does Open Space Technology work? The power of the circle.

At the heart of Open Space Technology, there are 3 vital elements: a higher common purpose, a willingness to work together, and a level of personal commitment.

If during a typical offline event you would enter the Open Space and find your seat in a circle, this time we will attempt to create this dynamic virtually. The circle is a natural shape that allows communities to come together. If other shapes and meeting formats encourage other power dynamics, the circle seems to be the most simple and natural setting for creative human interaction. 


Four principles of Open Space Technology

  • Whoever comes are the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened
  • It’s a dialogue, not a monologue
  • JOMO vs FOMO: discover the joy of missing out

Open Space has one law and that is The Law of Two Feet: If you are not learning or contributing, respectfully get up and go somewhere else that you will.

This means that you are in charge of your own experience. No “authority figure” is going to tell you what you can and cannot do. There is no one to blame if things are not going as you wished them to. The choice and the power to change things is all yours. In this way, the passion and spirit of the group are able to circulate and generate the needed outcomes.


We embrace different levels of engagement

In an Open Space, you are invited to see how you want to take part in the experience. Here are the most common three roles that activate the energy of the group.

  • Host – the proponent of a theme within the macro subject of the session. If you would like to host a conversation, you are invited to offer something you feel passionate about. You can invite participants to learn or practice something specific, share from your own experience, or simply invite others to explore together with you a question or challenge.
  • Participant – the person who gets interested in a particular theme proposed by someone else, and joins them to work on it; when you will find yourself in the role of the participant, you are invited to join the session you are most interested in, be present and bring your own perspectives to the discussion. Unless you feel like following the “Law of two feet”, you are driven to take part in the conversation until it ends.
  • Bumblebee – at times you might find yourself curious to visit more than one group, instead of being focused on a single theme. In this role, you are invited to “fly” like a bumblebee from one conversation to another and help in cross-pollinating ideas.

The place where creative chaos meets structure: The Marketplace

The market place is where it all happens: we will have a dedicated virtual space to move around, explore needs and available offerings and co-create the agenda of the Summit accordingly. The marketplace is more than just a place for buying, selling, or trading. For thousands of years of human history, people have met here to exchange stories and discuss issues so that the marketplace has functioned as a setting where much of the culture of the village has been generated.

During the SIA Summit we will have three Open Space rounds, each on a different theme: Connecting to the world, Connecting to the SIA Community, Connecting to Self.

Once you register, you will receive more detailed information on each of them and the link for entering your session in a marketplace. If you’ve registered, but have not received such an email, write to us at summit@socialimpactaward.net.

Come with an openness to be surprised. 🙂

 

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