Michael Herman
Inviting Agility


Open Space Technology in Pictures

Often called 'unstructured,' OpenSpaceTechnology is more accurately described as 'perfectly appropriate structure' which is created by participants themselves, within the boundaries established by the meeting sponsors. In the first hour of an Open Space meeting, participants identify their most important issues and opportunities (related to the pre-determined and announced purpose for the meeting) and take direct responsibility for convening working sessions to address them.

When all the issues are posted, participants go to the wall to sign-up for the sessions in which they think they will learn and contribute most effectively.

When the sign-ups are finished, the real work of addressing major issues really begins... and that can take place almost anywhere. But don't let a casual-looking setting fool you. Open Space is all about getting critical and complex work done faster, despite limited resources, differences of opinion, and real time pressure.