Open Space Technology
Open Space Technology allows groups, large or small, to self-organize to effectively deal with complex issues in a very short time. Participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of strategic importance. An Open Space meeting can last from two hours to several days. When people gather they co-create the agenda of the meeting together, allowing it to be shaped by the passion and interest of the people.
The greater the diversity, the higher the potential for real breakthrough and innovative outcomes. It works particularly well in moving from planning to action, where real action is facilitated by people stepping in and taking responsibility where they care. Open Space is all about handing the responsibility back to people themselves. Two core questions characterizing Open Space are: "What do you really want to do," and "why don't you take care of it?"