News: Open space: the ‘unconference’ paradigm celebrates its 20th year By Olivia Solon
“Open Space” created the original principles on which CareerCamp, and other unconferences, are based. Here you can read a bit more about Open Space ideas and how they work as the concept celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
From Wired Magazine UK…
Imagine going to an event where you don’t know who the speakers are, what the sessions are going to be about, when they’ll be and how long it will last. One might consider an event like that to be a complete failure on the organiser’s part, but it’s not if you subscribe to the “open space” methodology, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Open space is an open, democratic means by which meetings and conferences can be arranged to encourage productive discussions and serendipitous idea generation. It was invented by Harrison Owen, who first detailed the methodology in his book “Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide”, after planning a conference on Organisation Transformation with a traditional format for two years in a row and dreading the prospect of doing it for a third year. Instead of carefully planning an agenda for the third year, he decided to send out a simple, on-paragraph invitation to his contacts. More than 100 people turned up on the day and, with a little shepherding, they organised themselves into groups with similar interests to discuss issues that they were concerned about.