So what exactly is an Open Space?
Wikipedia says it’s “a method for organizing and running a meeting or multi-day conference, where participants have been invited in order to focus on a specific, important task or purpose. OST [Open Space Technology] is a participant-driven process whose agenda is created by people attending.”
It is often called an un-conference due to the lack of a pre-determined schedule: what this means is that there is no fixed agenda for the two days, with the exception of lunch and dinner breaks. Participants get together in the morning and decide what topics to talk about, when, and in which room. This ensures the content of the un-conference is highly relevant to the people attending as the content itself is…chosen by them!
Open Spaces are highly energetic, inspiring, and surprisingly efficient ways of sharing knowledge, challenging ideas, coming up with creative solutions to problems, and starting new projects. It’s an experience in and of itself which never fails to leave participants with a sense of wonder.