Open Space Technology is a process for allowing leadership and vision to emerge from all caring people in an organization or community. It is based on theories of self-organization, and emergent leadership. Participants create and control their own agenda, hold discussions related to their topic, generate a report of their discussions, set priorities, and create immediate action plans, all on site during the event.

Cameron has become recognized as a leader in the delivery of Open Space Technology events, and is currently on the leadership team for the Open Space Institute of Canada (openspacecanada.org).


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Vision and Purpose

Theme Question

The purpose of posing the theme question is to provide the essential direction the event and discussions should follow, while maintaining the ownership participants must have over their agenda and self managed discussions.

Open Space Process

Open Space Technology is a process for allowing leadership and vision to emerge from all caring people in an organization. It is based on theories of self-organization, and emergent leadership. Participants create and control their own agenda, hold discussions related to their topic, generate a report of their discussions, set priorities, and create immediate action plans, all on site during the event.

Open Space – Guiding the Space

In order to manage the Open Space Process, the facilitator will introduce and support the four Principles and one Law of Open Space Technology.  The purpose of this structure is to create a safe and productive environment for sharing, emerging leadership, self-management, creativity and communication.

The four principles of Open Space Technology are:

  • Whoever comes is the right person
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it is over it is over

The Open Space law states:

  • If at any time you are neither learning, nor contributing, you must move on.

Reporting to Participants

One of the most essential elements of an open space event is the commitment to take the actions and recommendations put forth by participants into action. Following the Open Space event, report files will be compiled into one master document. It is important that the thoughts and words of the participants remain untouched.

The complied report should be distributed to every participant.

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