- Paperback: 173 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576750248
- ISBN-13: 978-1576750247
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having participated in open space workshops, I had a good grasp of the idea and could easily picture what he described. For others who have not yet had that experience, reading another of his books, Tales from Open Space, might also be useful as it goes into more historical detail of the evolution of Owen's work and gives additional anecdotes.
I highly recommend this book if you want to facilite Open Space---it provides many good ideas for before, during and after the session, covers when and when not to use Open Space, and gives the would-be facilitor the mind- and heart-set to facilitate Open Space well. I would not recommend faciltiating Open Space without first experiencing it.
I've used Open Space with churches, as a partnership-building experience, in organizational change, and in forming national government programs---in the right hands and at the right time, Open Space is a powerful process---this book gives you tools to facilitate it. Use it wisely and well!
This book gives you the details on HOW to organize and facilitate an open space meeting - (what kind of location you need, how to organize the room, how to use break up rooms, how to facilitate, ...). You'll also get imporatnt rules and lessons for making this technology work. In short, it's pretty good at doing this "HOW TO" part.
WARNING: If you want to know WHY it works and if you want some examples, there are 2 other books to take a look at:
- tales from Open space (Harrison Owen, Editor, 1995)
- Expanding our now (Harrison Owen, 1997)
Patrick E.C. Merlevede, MSc -- author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"
Open Space is a facilitation strategy that enables groups of 5 to 2000 to create their own agenda and self-organize to dialogue about the important issues of large complex theme. The event participants are invited to identify issues or challenges related to the larger theme that they have real passion for and for which they are willing to take responsibility. With this self-organized agenda, participants move into groups to work on literally dozens of issues in a safe, open environment. This collaboration turns into greater understanding, innovation, and action.
Open Space has been used in business, government, and the social sector in 134 different countries over the past 20 years. The beauty of Open Space is the simplicity of how it functions and results in engaging all participants with a voice in what they are passionate about and willing to work on. The philosophical roots of empowerment and self-organization in Open Space will be refreshing to those tired of a command and control style meeting.
This book is a complete guide to what Open Space is, how to determine if this approach is appropriate for your event, and details on how to successfully facilitate an Open Space event. The book is very engaging and readable. I'm new to Open Space so I wanted details, but I also wanted it quickly so I could understand the flow of the process.
After reading this book I'm ready to dive in and try Open Space myself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
arrived quickly and in good condition. the book itself is definitely worth the price and is a great help in guiding the process of creative problem-identification and ways to move... Read morePublished 6 months ago by one.pulled.thread
It's a bit dated, but otherwise a great "how to" on Open Space Technology. Mr. Owen inspires confidence that anyone comfortable working with groups of people can make OST... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Patricia Schaeffer
I picked up this book because I was going to run Open Spaces at That Conference, a summertime polyglot technology conference in the midwest. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kevin P. Davis
Those wanting to become an Open Space Facilitator should purchase this guide. It contains everything you'll need to develop your facilitation skills.Published on May 19, 2014 by K.T. O'Brien
Open Space is quite an amazing experience and this book describes the way to effectively plan and facilitate an open Space meeting. Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Dlefebvre1701
I widely enjoyed listening and reading this book about a way of organizing totally different meetings and conferences. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Marcela
I heard Owens at a conf. many years ago. IGoogled a few of his remarks came up with his name, the book and read it in a short while. I remembered again Owens' genius.Published on September 20, 2013 by Iowa Soup
Having been participant in Open Space many times, this provided a great review and made facilitation easy. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Judith Shand