Open space

Open Space is a meetingform for mutual and common reflection about a theme that a group wants to gather around.
With an overall theme as a starting point, the delegates themselves formulate a number of relevant issues or approaches, which generate the agenda of the meeting. This means that the agenda always emerges from the experiences or issues that the participants of the meeting judge as the most interesting to discuss, at the given time or occasion. At the conference we use this method with two purposes; it is a pedagogical method that can be used in other training situations and therefore interesting to try, and it is a way to let the participants of the conference set the agenda.

Open Space can be implemented with all from ten to several hundred participants and on any topic. It can also be combined with work concerning common action, but this is not a requirement. An Open Space meeting becomes most dynamic when the overall theme contains complex questions or issues with many different aspects. Open Space is known for its absence of structure and its openness for surprises. Actually, the shape builds on a very pronounced structure, which by itself, supports or creates self organization and openness. Within the limits set by this structure, the Open Space meeting form offers a very large freedom, and it is never predictable what the results of it will be. On the other hand the form guarantees that the issues that are taken up by the participants will be discussed. Read more about Open Space at www.openspaceworld.org.

Ms Margareta Forsberg

The Open Space sequence of the Conference will be led by Ms Margareta Forsberg. With a background as a social worker, Margareta Forsberg in 2005 defended a thesis in the field of Social work. Today she works partly with different forms of group techniques in many different contexts; workplaces, cooperation projects, NGOs and other organizations; partly with research around youth, sexuality and the prerequisites of the multicultural society.