2 Replies to “Open Space documentation”

  1. I have found a few interesting (but, I think, wrong) assumptions in this model, at least under some of those links:

    1) People who attend because they received an invitation, have come to work and get results

    2) People come with a willingness to cooperate because they are motivated to do so

    3) Something amazingly useful and right on the spot will emerge sooner or later

    Perhaps there are cultural assumptions here as well. Has this methodology been tested in different cultural and national environments? Do Northerners respond similarly to Southerners, or do Easterners respond like Westerners? What about other backgrounds, such as religion, language, time schedule, meal times, work schedules, etc. etc.?

  2. I’m willing to give those with experience in this model the benefit of the doubt because

    a. they have experience I do not,
    b. personal cognate experiences suggest this works better than other learning or organizing models,
    c. others have found it useful enough a model to modify for their own use.

    I’ve not heard it described as a cure-all, and I think any meeting where people come underprepared is doomed to poor results.

    All of which is why I’m writing about it.

    If you have first-hand experience of Open Space Technology, good or bad, please comment.

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