Picture a meeting with no keynote speakers, no pre-announced workshop schedules, and no panel discussions. Instead, participants organize themselves in a circle and talk about … what they want to talk about.

The Open Space Meeting, developed in the mid-1980s by Harrison Own, an organizational consultant, is still popular for corporate retreats. It allows managers to initiate their own discussions about topics of interest (which they do by writing their ideas on big sheets of paper pos

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