GUTE TIPS FÜR OPEN SPACE VON BIRGITT WILLIAMS
I have been inviting people to use creative forms of communication in
Open Space Technology meeting. I do this by noting in my opening that
reports will be verbal but others might be mindmaps and others might
drawings and so on. This requires me to do two things. The first is
materials available in the main room for people to come and choose what
want to use. My colleauge Bill Cleveland in the USA who is involved
field of arts does many of his Open Space Technology meetings at a location
in which one breakout space is a stage, another is a pottery room, another
is a painting studio and so on--the appropriate materials are in each
The second challenge is to figure out how to record the reports for
"book of proceedings". I tried bringing a scanner and scanning
them in but I
ran into alot of difficulties. Now we are trying our digital camera
much more success. Thanks to Romy Shovelton in the UK and to Esther
Canada for this suggestion.
This one is thanks to Romy Shovelton in the UK. When she did up the "book
proceedings" for our recent workshop there, she made sure there was
of every participant and she put the picture alongside of the person's
contact information at the front of the book. It is wonderful as I sit
today to see the pictures to remind me of who each person is. Again, a
digital camera was used and Romy made it a pleasant exercise, having people
pair up to take each other's pictures.
And another tip
When doing convergence, I often now add a component to what I do and I
have been more than pleased with the results and with the increased commitment
to follow up. What I do is to provide two handouts along with the "book
of proceedings". Each of the two handouts asks people to fill in
the page as they are reading the book of proceedings. On one page they
are to fill out any personal commitments that they take from the meeting.
The other page they are to fill out what commitments they take back to
any and all
organizations that they belong to that might assist that organization
on what happened in the OST meeting. I ask that these be handed in so
we can enter them into the computers. We then tape them all onto a wall.
This wall of commitments is very impressive. People are asked to take
pages with them as they go and it is impressive to watch this also.