Open Space Co-Learning Workshop – London UK


The Open Space Co-Learning Workshop in London is coming up fast, on Friday 28th of January 9.00am – 5.00pm, London (at The Hub in Islington, Candid Arts Studios, 5 Torrens Street) £20 – 200: Sliding scale according to your ability to pay

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This workshop invites those who are new to using Open Space Technology and those who already have some or even extensive experience of using it, to co-learn together, deepen our practice, and share our experiences of using it.

This workshop will be run as an Open Space so that participants can learn experientially, while learning how to design, prepare and facilitate an Open Space event, including tips and tricks, likely issues that may be encountered, follow up and incorporating an event within a wider context or strategy.

This will help anyone looking for a method for encouraging participation, engagement, equality and inclusion. Open Space Technology is a format for organising compostable conferences, unconferences, meetings, or stakeholder engagement, with maximum efficiency and minimum time and resources. It is a form of ‘crowd sourcing’ which can be used to bring together a company or any group or organisation to focus on a specific problem or question; Open Space allows for participants to co-create experience, learning and solutions in a way that unlocks creativity.

Open Space is used by large companies, local government, community activists, and forward thinking organisations everywhere, from gatherings of 5 to several thousand people, from a couple of hours to several days.

And if you love this kind of stuff: World Open Space on Open Space (WOSONOS) 2012 will be in London:

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Training for Conference Organizers

Jasper Lim reports from The Netherlands that Merlien Institute and SAF (Gerardo & Frank) will be organising an Open Space Training targeted for conference organisers, in late September, in Utrecht.

Open Space Co-Learning Workshop, Brighton, East Sussex, UK Sat 3 July 2010

Be Prepared To Be Surprised

03 July 2010 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Brighton, East Sussex, UK

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This workshop invites those who are new to using Open Space Technology and those who already have some (or even extensive) experience of using it to co-learn together, deepen our practice, and share our experiences.

It will be run as an Open Space so that participants can learn experientially, while learning how to design, prepare and facilitate an Open Space event, including tips and tricks, likely issues that may be encountered, follow up and incorporating an event within a wider context or strategy.
You might also be interested in (the World’s 1st!) FacilitationCamp, London, 9-10th July. Go to homepage to sign up for our newsletter, CoLaborative Times for more of this kind of thing 🙂

thanks to Martin Grimshaw for sending this along.

Self-Organization Master Class at OD World Summit

The OD World Summit 2010 — Co-creating a New World of Organizations and Communities — is coming up on 22-26 August, in Budapest, Hungary. Peggy Holman will lead a master class called Open Space Technology: Supporting Self-organization and a number of other OS friends are involved in various dimensions of conference planning and support.

OSonOS in San Francisco, Training in SF and NYC

What are the possibilities of Open Space in our lives, organizations and communities? What capacities and tools do we need, to move to the next level with this work? Let’s gather and learn from one another.

Jeff Aitken, Kaliya Hamlin, Lisa Heft and Heidi Nobantu Saul invite you to several days in and about Open Space — where the newly trained and the longtime practitioners will share our excitement, encouragement, trials and errors — and explore how we use this remarkable organizational and community-building process, on its own or with other tools and methods:

San Francisco, California, USA
January 15 through January 17, 2010

Casual gathering to meet old and new friends and colleagues
Friday, January 15, 2010 – 5:00-7:00 pm
(nibbles, beverages and conversation – dinner on your own)

Open Space on Open Space
Saturday, January 16, 2010
8:30 am arrival, 9:00 am prompt start; Evening News until 5:00, pot-luck dinner to follow

Sunday, January 17, 2010
8:30 am arrival, 9:00 am prompt start; Closing Circle ends at 4:00, Newsroom open until 5:00
(included in the registration fee, Saturday and Sunday breakfast nibbles and lunches – join us to create a ‘pot luck’ dinner on Saturday evening)

To Register

Contact for more information and a registration form. The sooner you register and send payment, the more we can help share resources with others who would like to come – so we encourage you to register now. We would appreciate your registration form no later than January 5.

The Site

The OSonOS will be held at beautiful Fort Mason, a historic military garrison that now houses arts organizations, the world-famous Greens restaurant, reception facilities and more. Walk outside to enjoy the fresh Bay air, wave to sea lions, crabs and shore birds and see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The rest of San Francisco is just a bus or a taxi ride away. If budget is an issue, there is even a hostel nearby with the best view in the world.

Getting Here

Fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is about 15.5 miles from Fort Mason. Take a rental car, taxi (about $52 dollars US one-way, including tip), BART train to the MUNI bus system ($8.10 US for BART, $2.00 for MUNI), or shuttle into the city ($19.00 one-way including tip). Local city transit is via BART, MUNI, taxi, your car or your own two feet or wheelchair. Oakland International Airport, in the East Bay, is about 23 miles from Fort Mason. We recommend you stay at an accommodation near Fort Mason / Marina District / Fisherman’s Wharf area. Parking at the Fort Mason site is $8 per day or evening if you park inside the gates; free if you park outside the gates but do watch signs for restricted parking areas.


Delegates are responsible for their own accommodation – please ask for a list of local places to stay if you need one. Our list includes a full range of accommodations from the $30/night dormitory-style hostel to large hotels.

Global Village Marketplace and Silent Auction

One of our traditions for an OSonOS is to have a Global Village Marketplace – where we sell folk art, poetry or other lovely items to each other to raise money for our own travel expense or for the Access Queen (scholarship) Project. We will also have a Silent Auction for the Access Queen Project – highest bidder gets to buy the lovely item for this same fund. So pack into your luggage some lovely artisan work, poetry, shawl or other item to sell to other OpenSpaceniks, and bring a little extra money if you like (US dollars please) to buy lovely things from your lovely colleagues.

Suitcase Cuisine

As Saturday is a ‘pot luck’ dinner, feel free to pack into your luggage, buy nearby or bring from home a special food or beverage item to contribute to our buffet.

Open Space Learning Workshop
December 9-11, 2009 in San Francisco

As the OSonOS is not a training but rather an invitation to explore OST on deeper levels, we encourage anyone who has not yet learned the method or facilitated Open Space to attend a workshop or read Harrison’s book and jump right in a few times before attending this conference.

The Open Space Learning Workshops bring together those who are new to the method and those who have experienced it — an opportunity to share your learning and understanding of the method and to prepare yourselves for facilitating your own Open Space. You will experience an Open Space meeting and learn how to design, prepare hosts or clients, coordinate and facilitate the meeting and help organizations or communities support the actions and momentum that come out of the event.

This experiential workshop will include all of the things you may wish to know for holding your own Open Space event – from planning, preparation and design to logistics, talking with sponsors/clients, developing invitations and themes, recording proceedings, event follow-up, ‘what-ifs’ and anything else you personally would like to share or ask about. Registration fees are flexible – money should never get in the way of learning. Participants are encouraged to read Harrison Owen’s book “Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide” prior to this workshop.

For more information about content, schedule and pricing for the December workshop, contact Lisa Heft at

For those of you nearer to the New York region
– our colleagues in New York are hosting a training the same January weekend as this OSonOS – if you have not yet learned about Open Space and are in that region, let Lisa know and she can send you more information.

Trainings in San Francisco and Buenos Aires

Lisa Heft (President, Open Space Institute USA, OSLIST Poet Laureate 2006, Fellow, Columbia University Center for International Conflict Resolution and host, WOSonOS 2008) reports that she will be facilitating Open Space Learning Workshops in San Francisco on the following dates: August 5-7 and December 17-19, 2009. She will also facilitate this workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2009.

Co-create a theme, experience a several-session Open Space, taste how action planning works in Open Space, learn about all the pre-work (invitation, planning, design, theme, logistics, documentation), variations, ‘what ifs’, ‘when not to’s’ and more. You will also receive a copy of the “Open Space Idea Book”.

For more information, contact Lisa Heft.

Open Space Workshop in Curaçao

This just in from the Dutch Antilles:

Stargue organizes in collaboration with the Curaçao Leadership Forum, a High Performance Leadership Workshop on Open Space Technology, Thursday August 27th through Saturday 29th, 2009, in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles at the Hilton Curaçao.

You are cordially invited to participate by using the Registration Form to register for the workshop. Additional information can be found at, such as the Open Space Technology book by Harrison Owen, which can be bought, delivered, and read by August; or by following these links to specific sections of the information document regarding the event.

Christine Whitney Sanchez and Peggy Holman will facilitate this program.

Open Space Training in English with Diane Gibeault, Ottawa Canada May 27-28-29 2009

Diane Gibeault, workshop facilitator, trained with OST author Harrison Owen in 1996 and has since facilitated many OST trainings and meetings in Canada and internationally. She is among the active leaders of the Open Space Institute of Canada and the World OS Network.

For summary information on the workshop, see the description of her April 2009 French training posted on this site or at see ‘’Open Space, Training’’.

For the full English brochure: Click here

Forum ouvert (Open Space) : une animation qui développe le leadership – Formation expérientielle à Ottawa (Canada)

Diane Gibeault, l’animatrice de l’atelier, s’est formée en 1996 à la méthode Forum ouvert (Open Space Technology) auprès de son auteur, l’Américain Harrison Owen. Elle a depuis animé de nombreuses formations et rencontres en Forum ouvert au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde. Elle compte parmi les leaders actifs de l’Open Space Institute of Canada et du réseau international de l’Open Space.

À cet atelier vous participerez à un Forum ouvert qui sera suivi d’échanges en groupe et avec Diane qui fera part de son expérience et expliquera les guides détaillés et les outils qu’elle offre dans un cahier facile d’usage et en Cédérom. Vous apprendrez : une nouvelle façon d’animer, les principes fondamentaux du Forum ouvert, quand utiliser cette approche, comment planifier un Forum ouvert réussi, comment préparer les parrains et comment créer les conditions pour l’émergence du leadership. Faites l’expérience de nouvelles méthodes pour déterminer les priorités et pour planifier l’action. Enfin, si vous le désirez, profitez de l’occasion pour vous exercer à « faire l’ouverture d’un Forum ouvert ».

Qui s’intéresse à cette formation sur le Forum ouvert? Leaders, animatrices et animateurs de tous les niveaux d’expérience et toutes personnes visant un travail collectif plus performant et inspirant. En effet, Le Forum ouvert permet un travail d’équipe plus fructueux et stimulant.

Cet atelier est offert en FRANÇAIS. Pour un atelier en anglais, voyez le site web qui suit pour les possibilités.

Pour des renseignements sur la méthode et sur la formatrice :

Brochure-inscription : Cliquez ici ou, au menu du site web mentionné ci-haut, cliquez : Forum ouvert, Formation

Trainings in Australia

Perth will host 3 Facilitator co-learnings in 2009. Brendan McKeague has the details at

Sydney will host another Facilitator Co-learning program at The Aspire Hotel in Ultimo, April 27-28, 2009. Led by Brendan McKeague and Brian Bainbridge. Brendan McKeague is handling the admin side of this event. Registration pack also available from Brian Bainbridge at

Melbourne will host an Open Space Training at The Metropole Hotel in Fitzroy, May 5-6-7., led by Viv McWaters and Brian Bainbridge.

AND… Harrison Owen will visit all three cities for a number of events and conversations, from March 29th through April 8th or so. Details from Brian or see

Open Space Learning Workshops in San Francisco USA

Lisa Heft (Vice President, Open Space Institute USA, past OSLIST Poet Laureate and Fellow, Columbia University Center for International Conflict Resolution and host, WOSonOS 2008) will be facilitating Open Space Learning Workshops in San Francisco on the following dates: May 28-30, July 21-22 and December 17-19, 2008. She will also facilitate this workshop in Atlanta, Georgia USA on April 9-10, 2008.

Co-create a theme, experience a several-session Open Space, taste how action planning works in Open Space, learn about all the pre-work (invitation, planning, design, theme, logistics, documentation), variations, ‘what ifs’, ‘when not to’s’ and more. You will also receive a copy of the “Open Space Idea Book”.

For more information, contact Lisa Heft.

Be The Change

The author of the Change Management Toolbook, Holger Nauheimer is going to present his training course, Be The Change, in Boston, April 4-5, 2008 (with a half day free presentation on recent trends in Change Management on April 3, 2008). See the conference flyer and registration page.

notes from OST learning workshop

OST learning workshop- Irkutsk, Russia

OST learning workshop- Irkutsk, Russia March 2007

Veteran Novosibirsk (Russia) Open Space Technology facilitator Elena Marchuk writes on the OpenSpaceRu discussion group that
“a few more have joined the club.”

Elena just finished conducting a Working with Open Space Technology learning workshop as part of the Genuine Contactâ„¢ Program in organizational health and balance.

More than 20 participants completed the workshop commissioned by the Community Relations Department of the City of Irkutsk.

Elena notes that “as usual all the learning in the workshop was great.” The workshop participants experienced a mini-OST meeting with action planning on the topic of “Increasing our Effectiveness in Working with the Community.”

The City of Irkutsk asked Elena to conduct the workshop because “the city wanted to learn a method together with neighborhood groups and local NGO’s so that they could speak the same language and make headway in future collaboration.”

Good work, Elena!

Formation Forum Ouvert en Suisse

Diane Gibeault écrit:

La Haute Ecole fribourgeoise de travail social de la Suisse vous invite à une formation Forum ouvert les 29-30 mars prochains en Suisse.

Forum ouvert : La démarche est peu à peu prise en charge par les participants et participantes. Le cadre discret de ce processus et la confiance manifestée aux participants suscitent une responsabilisation de chacun, l’émergence des intérêts réels et un engagement profond.

Vous apprendrez comment le rôle de facilitation diffère des autres modèles, quand utiliser le FO, des processus pour déterminer priorités et plans d’action, comment préparer l’organisation et vous ferez l’expérience d’un FO.

Diane Gibeault, facilitatrice professionnelle accréditée (IAF) a été formée (FO – Open Space Technology) auprès de l’auteur Harrison Owen. Ancrée sur une longue expérience en facilitation, elle se spécialise dans les méthodes participatives pour grands groupes et démarches de transformation organisationnelle.

Inscription : nelly.plaschy-gay(at)

Renseignements : diane.gibeault(at)

April OSonOS in Toronto

Larry Peterson announces an OSonOS: Open Space on Open Space Gathering is scheduled for Friday, April 27 (evening) and Saturday April 28th, 2007, in the Toronto Area (Location to be announced).

What are we learning about the use of Open Space Technology? What ideas or theories help us understand it? Join us for Great People, Great Conversations. Costs will cover venue, food and materials (To be determined).

Mark Your Calendars. More information will arrive in about two weeks. This event follows directly the workshop that Diane Gibeault and Larry will be leading from April 25-27th, also in Toronto.

Email Larry for more on the OSonOS or the training.

Local OSonOS Toronto Planning Team: Meg Salter, Judy Gast & Larry Peterson

More About OSonOS…
More OSonOS Events…

Open Space Training in Germany

Jo Toepfer sent this about an International Open Space Technology Training that is going to take place in Blossin / Germany (close to Berlin) from November 2 through 9, 2006…

Many of us experience our work, the organizations we are part of, our communities, even our countries and in fact the whole world around us as transforming at ever increasing speed. To effectively deal with the resulting challenges often perceived as chaos, conflict and confusion we need an approach that involves all interested parties with their insights, experiences, questions and wisdom. An approach in which we collectively focus on making organizations and communities places in which the human spirit can unfold and thrive.

Open Space Technology is such an approach. It supports systems of all kinds and sizes in unfolding the forces of collaboration, cooperation, participation, creativity and spirit required to come to action on the burning issues facing them. It provides a framework of time and space in which people self organize their learning and planning. In this framework everyone works with everyone else on those issues they feel passionate about and for which they are taking responsibility.

More about the training…

Circles of Change: Haiti Innovation

John Engle and colleagues have created a program, called Circles of Change, in Haiti which incorporates Open Space and another method they refer to as Reflection Circles. Nice to see their success featured recently at Haiti Innovation, a new Washington DC-based nonprofit which was started by former Haiti Peace Corps volunteers:

In the midst of a national situation that is violent and chaotic, it is indeed refreshing and stimulating to see how Beyond Borders’ small but vibrant alternative to the authoritarian schooling and leadership is taking shape in Haiti.

—Claudette Werleigh, former Prime Minister of Haiti and Director of the Life & Peace Institute

Circles of Change is one of several Open Space Initiatives that invite and encourage your inquiry and support.

New York based OST opportunity

If you are looking for an opportunity to support an Open Space event, and you live in or near New York city, Holger Nauheimer wants to hear from you:

“For a client in New York, we are going to organize a series of consultation workshops between end January and April 2006. Two of them will be probably in an Appreciative Inquiry format, while one will be an Open Space workshop.

We are looking for a workshop assistant, who will help us in all logistical matters before, during and after the workshops.

Experience, particularly in assisting Open Space Technology workshops would be an asset. The person should be based in NY city because we need to avoid additional travel costs.

We are however not looking for facilitators.”

Contact Holger at