Open-Space Meetings Tear Down Barriers

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

The Open Space Meeting, which was developed in the mid-1980s by Harrison Own, an organizational consultant, is still popular. It allows organization leaders to initiate discussions about topics of interest (which they do by writing their ideas on big sheets of paper posted on th

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