“Open space” is a pretty simple idea -> have people form and host peer-led discussions around topics that are of most interest to them at the moment. In my experience, it works best when you have a large group (for example a learning circle with 15 people or more would work well. Also when you train a large group of 40-50 people it works perfectly.
I like the four principles and one law of Open Space:
The four principles are:
- Whoever comes are the right people
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.
- When it starts is the right time
- When it’s over it’s over
The Law is known as the Law of Two Feet:
“If you find yourself in a situation where you are not contributing or learning, move somewhere where you can.”
(Taken from Chris Corrigan’s explanation of Open Space)