What I Learned From Facilitating an Open Space Session

July 21, 2014 Hans Mundahl

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!

Previous Article
Better Together: The Whole School Connected!
Better Together: The Whole School Connected!

Did you miss last week’s Better Together: The Whole School Connected webinar? Don’t worry – we’ve got you c...

View More
UC14 Open Space Session. Watch the highlights!
UC14 Open Space Session. Watch the highlights!

One of the best things about being at the WhippleHill User Conference is the Open Space Session. A great op...

Check out our on-demand PRODUCT DEMOS!

WATCH NOW