OPEN SPACE SESSIONS

At the #EODF18’s open space slots, everyone will be able to propose and lead sessions aligned with the conference topics and hot subjects that concern us – not just a few speakers invited to do so. Also, sessions in any language can be proposed: while English will be the primary conference language, sessions in any other European language are welcome.

The open space will be facilitated by Csaba Császár.

Csaba is an organisation development practitioner with over two decades of experience in facilitating organizational transformation and in team and leadership development. He has also been playing a key role in building and changing OD Partner, the firm he co-founded in 1995. In his projects he integrates: methods of experiential learning; reflective practices of supervision; the systemic and process-oriented approaches of Gestalt psychology; whole systems change approaches; and Theory U.
During his consulting career, Csaba’s clients have included leading companies from a broad range of businesses (pharma, automotive, retail, financial services, telco) and also from education and the NGO sector in Hungary. Many of his assignments have been related to transformation, strategy deployment, leadership development and effectiveness for leadership teams.

Open Space to me:
I first experienced Open Space in 2000 in Berlin, in an Open Space event where I felt immediately at home. The freedom, responsibility, and dialogue that characterize Open Space have been key values in my work. In my projects, I build on these and use OS to create a learning environment that brings together people who want to share, discuss and learn the about a topic. I hope together we can create such an environment during the EODF conference too!

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Open Space Technology was developed in the early 1980s and quickly became one of the most well-known and most widely practised large-group conference formats in the world, and an organisation design and transformation methodology in its own right.

Open Space is a highly scalable, easy-to-understand interaction format based on a simple set of principles for effective self-organization. It is ideally suited for a conference such as ours. In Open Space, every participant becomes his or her own “conference dean” and as a result, self-directed learning becomes highly likely!

Harrison Owen, the inventor of Open Space, explains the advantage of Open Space like this: “At the usual conference, the best moments are the coffee-breaks. That´s why we asked ourselves: Why not turn the whole conference into an uninterrupted coffee-break?”

Open Space

Open Space has Four Rules and One Law.

The Four Rules state:

  1. Whoever come are the right people.
  2. , Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  3. Whenever it starts is the right time.
  4. When it’s over, it’s over.

The “Law of mobility”: If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, go someplace else! In this way, all participants are given both the right and the responsibility to maximize their own learning and contribution, which the Law assumes only they, themselves, can ultimately judge and control.

To learn more about Open Space format, its principles and conceptual underpinnings prior to the conference, visit the Wikipedia entry on Open Space Technology or watch an introductory video by Harrison Owen.