Note: We would like to thank Hans Mundahl for allowing us to re-post “What I Learned From Facilitating an Open Space Session.” Head over to his site to read the original post.
Here’s something I’ve noticed about my students: If I decide where the class will go, my students will follow. If I offer choice to my students, then they will lead.
Facilitating an Open Space (un-conference) session is one of the most deeply frightening and satisfying things I’ve done. It requires two things that every teacher / facilitator / conference organizer should be willing to do, but often isn’t:
- Show total faith in participants / students
- Be willing to get out of the way and let the magic happen
After a frightening moment (probably only 4 seconds long, but much longer in my mind) when I thought the sessions would only half fill the WhippleHill Open Space session was a complete success thanks to the passionate, creative, and dynamic participants.
If you are interested in finding out more about open space sessions check out these resources and also watch this great video from Mark Christensen. Or if you have a question about open space please let me know in the comments below!