Guidelines for the open space session

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During We Make Tomorrow 2022, we will be hosting an ‘open space’ session in person, and as an option for our online guests too, using the Hypersay ‘Front Row’ conversation and networking option.

An open space is where you can gather immediate feedback and response to a chosen topic, with “free-flowing conversations about the things that really matter to the people in the room” as described by Devoted & Disgruntled.

We encourage you to bring your own discussion ideas to the table and add to the agenda. This will be a self-curated space for any key topics to be explored in small, flexible breakout groups. Do you have a burning issue you want to address with other like-minded attendees? Or is there something that’s come up for you through today’s content that you’d like to discuss further? Propose an idea to the group and see what happens!

Our team in Birmingham will be on hand to offer paper and pens for any note-taking and capturing your discussions to share back with the wider group if you’d like to. If this is a topic something you’d like to continue investigating, please leave your contact details so we can connect you up with others in this space.

Principles that help participants to navigate Open Space:

  • Whoever comes are the right people.
  • Wherever it happens is the right place.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
  • When it is over, it is over. (Bear in mind we only have 30mins for this discussion!)
  • Feel free to move on if you’re not learning / contributing, and it’s fine to flit from group to group if you wish.

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