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Sun 2 Aug

Running Open Space Technology in the open (park) or online

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Alex Papworth Public Seen by 140

I ran a people's assembly for my neighbourhood (Beyond covid19) a few weeks ago, reflecting on what we valued and want to keep from lockdown.
I want to build on that momentum and think Open Space Technology which might be online and/or in a park (we ran our initial event in the local park)

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Alex Papworth Sun 2 Aug

The request is for advice/experience on using this facilitation approach online or in an open space. I would have to cover documenting outputs and also structuring a space (amongst other things)

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Nick Turner Mon 3 Aug

Hi alex, this is worthwhile looking at, it's a framework for framing the questions looking at what to keep, continue, give up or start. https://www.thersa.org/bridges-future/change-framework

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Alex Papworth Mon 3 Aug

Thanks Nick. This is really helpful

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Perry Walker Mon 3 Aug

Hi Alex, I'm part of a coop of facilitators called Rhizome. We've taken out a licence for something called Videofacilitator. Unlike Zoom, people can wander in and out of breakout rooms. That makes it much more suitable for Open Space. You could combine it with something like Miro for documenting the sessionss. We're looking for opportunities to try VF out. Let me know if that is worth a chat.

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Alex Papworth Mon 3 Aug

Thanks Penny. I had heard of this but also heard that it works best on Chrome. Sounds like you would be in a position to clarify this. I believe we will need to use a platform that allows this so I would appreciate your support. Inclusivity is important and is tricky in these times :-)
I am waiting to find out whether those who attended our initial session would prefer online or face to face. It would be good to talk further when I'm back from holiday (from 19th)

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Perry Walker Mon 3 Aug

Hi Alex,

There is indeed a Penny Walker in this field, but I'm her almost namesake, Perry. Not that it matters very much.

VF does work best on Chrome, but they are working on other browsers. The bloke who runs it is approachable, so ask him nearer the time how far they've got.

Yes, do make contact again when you are back from holiday.

all my best

Perry

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Alex Papworth Mon 3 Aug

Apologies Penny. I really do need to wear those reading glasses!

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