Open Space Principles

Rachel Davies edited this page Sep 18, 2013 · 2 revisions

Open Space principles

Guiding principles and one law

  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • Wherever it happens is the right place
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • When it's over, it's over

The "Law of two feet" or "the law of mobility", as follows: If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, 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. When participants lose interest and get bored in a breakout session, or accomplish and share all that they can, the charge is to move on, the "polite" thing to do is going off to do something else. In practical terms, Owen explains, the Law of Two Feet says: "Don't waste time!"

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