Michael Herman
Opening Space for Business Agility


closing and convergence ...and continuing

See OpenSpaceTechnology/TrainingPracticeWorkshopNotes#ClosingContinuing for a long list of ways to finish meetings and events in Open Space.

See also...

    * NonConvergence
    * VotingWithDots
    * EvaluatingOpenSpace
    * TalkingStick 

there are many ways to close, converge, and continue the work of an open space meeting or event:

some notes on CONVERGENCE in open space

...following the ninth annual open space on open space event in vancouver BC --MichaelHerman

see also VotingWithDots

...for story/timetable for running convergence with dot-voting

giving convergence a boost

Gerard Muller posted to OpenSpaceTechnology/OSLIST from Denmark:

It seems to me there are some factors that affect convergence much more than the method used.

Seems to me that apart from that it takes some groups a lot more effort to become practical... Doctors, nurses and policemen for example seem quite good at it - for which I am happy when I am in a situation I need their help for. Groups of professors rather more slow.

Where I sensed convergence could be difficult, I would invite to imagine that the next morning would be another meeting, in a year’s time (or whatever horizon would seem to fit), that the group had achieved enormous progress since the Open Space, and that before the start of that meeting (a year from now) a few would make a speech of a few minutes, looking back. I ask them to imagine making those speeches now, telling stories about:

I have just come back from an event where we had just 3 hours on the second day, and this group actually told me that sometime long after I had gone to bed they began designing stories to be told and spent a couple of hours preparing - and convergence was no problem. But then, the problem maybe existed only in my mind ?

from nuran yigit, on 'natural convergence' at the end of open space meetings...

as initially posted in the proceedings from the ninth annual open space on open space conference, vancouver BC

The convergence i did, was together with Florian Fischer with a group of 40-50 people after a one day open space. we had the idea to try an selforganised convergence by the group without any structure givings. So we were sitting in a circle and invited people to agree on the next steps (who is doing what and when). First it was a big confusion, because they thought that we will propose a way how to do this convergence. but opposite happened: we did nothing, we were sitting in the circle and tried to led go the process, which was not very easy. the process itself was really not easy for the group, but they could manage it, to agree on future-projects and with its responsible persons.

So, what I have learnt for myself is, that it is important to find the main aim of an action, e.g. convergence and try to find the most open way to do this.

In discussion with John, I learnt that it is maybe even not nessesary to say, that there is a convergence session. It is even enough to sit in the circle and to open the space for 'things that are needed to be said in the circle now at the end of the x days of open space'. If there is a need of the group for convergence they will show up and will start their own way and own structure of convergence!!!

i wish good luck for everybody who is going to use the 'natural convergence' after an os.