What is an Open Space Camp?
Our conference will have a component of user-generated sessions, where those who come prepared to teach, share and facilitate will offer sessions, as well as some planned, tracked meetings.
You may never have been to a conference where part of the agenda is open. That’s ok. It doesn’t mean chaos, and it certainly doesn’t imply that you’re not going to benefit. Quite the opposite.
If you’ve ever experienced a great discussion in the hallway after a session, or in the bar at the end of the day – Open Space can bring that feeling to you throughout the day.
What you should know is if you’ve never been to one, your obligations are:
- You must come ready to learn – as you are responsible for your own learning;
- You should contribute to the learning of others if you can;
- You should participate in an open way.
The Rules of Open Space are easy:
- Whoever comes is the right people: this alerts the participants that attendees of a session class as “right” simply because they care to attend;
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have: this tells the attendees to pay attention to events of the moment, instead of worrying about what could possibly happen;
- Whenever it starts is the right time: clarifies the lack of any given schedule or structure and emphasizes creativity and innovation;
- When it’s over, it’s over: encourages the participants not to waste time, but to move on to something else when the fruitful discussion ends.
Wikipedia defines an open space conference as: “…describing a wide variety of different styles of meeting in which participants define the agenda with a relatively rigorous process, and may adjust it as the meeting proceeds. A large meeting of this sort is called an open space conference or unconference.” (Emphasis added.)
“Camp” is reference to the many events that grew from the BarCamp movement: “open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.”
We hope you’ll attend this unique, inexpensive, community-driven event.