Open Space Technology, Anyone?
What would happen if you had a meeting and participants created part or all of the content — on site? Welcome to the world of Open Space Technology (OST), a meeting format where the attendees are in the driver seat when it comes to topics and discussions. Much has been written about OST, which has been around for decades. Many high-profile organizations have created open space forums, but it’s not something one hears much about in the context of faith-based meetings.
That’s why when we heard that Youth Specialties was planning to use OST during part of its National Youth Workers Convention this fall, we decided to jump in and find out more about how and why the group is using it, some of the challenges planners anticipate, and what other planners can learn from the experience.
If you have any thoughts about Open Space Technology, or any experience using this format, give a shout out here. And look for the article on this subject in our August issue!