The Heart of "Open Space"


The Symposium is a conference filled with many learning opportunities, events and programs that are fun, educational, thought-provoking, inspirational. . . and a little bit exhausting, too! On both Friday and Saturday night, psychologist and coach Lynda Klau is facilitating an event called Open Space, a method in which she is also trained, which will provide participants with whatever they want or need.

Klau said that typically, at conferences, the richest and most powerful times are actually at coffee breaks, or any unstructured times when people get together and share their various perspectives and understandings. So Open Space is a time when anyone who wants to gather can come and participate in activities—or not.

“There’s very little structure,” Klau says. “One of the principles is ‘whoever comes is supposed to be there,’ whether it’s 8 people or 80 people.” She explains that the program will start when it starts, and ends when it ends—whatever happens during this time is what’s supposed to happen.

During an Open Space event, she may ask a question like, “Who has something they need or want?” and will wait to see what comes up.

“It’s very simple,” she notes. “It trusts the self-organization parts of people.

Did you attend Open Space on Friday night? If so, what did you think? If you didn’t make it Friday night but are interested in going Saturday, it’s scheduled to take place 7:30-9:30 in the Diplomat Ballroom. But, as Klau explained, it’ll end whenever it’s over—whatever happens is what’s supposed to happen.”

03.26.2011   Posted In: Symposium Highlights   By Jordan Magaziner
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