Fearless Experimentation: doing Open Space event online

Facilitating people’s conversations on video can easily turn into a difficult task, so some fearless experimentation is required to learn rapidly as a facilitator or participant. Due to a current high demand for anything done remotely, here’s a shareable resource (a.k.a. knowledge asset) on facilitating Open Space events using Zoom Meetings

Nenad Maljković
Mar 24, 2020 · 5 min read

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Fearless experimentation in action: a Virtual Open Space Experiment was co-hosted by Birgit Nieschalk and Ruben Klerkx on 23 March 2020 for Liberating Structures virtual community of practice. Zoom Pro account to full capacity — 100! :) Screenshot by Nikola Burić.

Start with excellent 8-minute OST video tutorial by Marai Kiele to get an overview and understanding of the process for in-person or online set-up.

Open Space operates under four or five principles and one law. The four principles are:

Some facilitators also list the fifth principle:

5. Wherever it happens is the right place.

The Law is known as the Law of Two Feet or Law of Mobility: “If you find yourself in a situation where you are not contributing or learning, move somewhere where you can.”

Edit 21 September 2020 — the latest Zoom update (version 5.3.0) includes “Let participants choose room” option in Breakout Rooms panel. Thank you Zoom for making hosting online Open Space events easier :)

Here’s how you make it happen:

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Virtual Teams for Systemic Change

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Nenad Maljković

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Cultural creative, network weaver, agile coach and permaculture designer with interest in social and economic aspects of permaculture. Based in Zagreb, Croatia.

Virtual Teams for Systemic Change

People make systemic change happen on street, neighbourhood, village level… and that's most important. Also, there's great need to act and coordinate activities at areas of various scale: from local area to bioregional / national / regional to transnational to global.

Nenad Maljković

Written by

Cultural creative, network weaver, agile coach and permaculture designer with interest in social and economic aspects of permaculture. Based in Zagreb, Croatia.

Virtual Teams for Systemic Change

People make systemic change happen on street, neighbourhood, village level… and that's most important. Also, there's great need to act and coordinate activities at areas of various scale: from local area to bioregional / national / regional to transnational to global.

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