OpenForumOpenSpace - a contribution towards "reinventing democracy"
some "participant views" - perspectives with other "eyes" from events which combined the OPEN SPACE and OPEN FORUM method more - we update outcomes most freqently here
the Joy of Giving Voice or better having Voices heard,
In an open forum - space which invites the magic.
Each person is given an equal number of beads, stones, or any tokens representing equal units of time. The total meeting time is divided into units matching the distributed tokens, thus valuing them. Each member then introduces her/himself, and if so desired, offers a topic for dialogue. Members then give tokens to others whose proposal or offer the group wants to enlarge from the selection offered in order to empower voices and joint interests, enlarge the flow in dialogue. This "voting or encouraging" continues as topics generate more or less "empathy" or concern; and as others join in the conversation can receive tokens as encouragement to continue with their line of thought. This open, transparent format can encourage inhibited people to participate and minimize domination by authoritarian types. In case of unexpected changes in meeting duration, the tokens can be re-/de-valued inflated/deflated to match the remaining available time. This method is one approach being highlighted in this paper: http://www.open-forum.de/time-sharing.html which might provide some general orientation.
we have photos of to record our exercises of "re-inventing
dialogue and democracy"
Please follow the links for more pictures, reactions and comments of the participants AND A NOTE OF CAUTION as we were recvently asked (July 1st) if there were any events in 2010, as the time-line started only in 2009. The answer: There are many events and exercises since more than 20 years, also on other sites, and we can document here only a examples each year. So please ask for details in a certain region or thematic area.
What can be done? MAKE A DIFFERENCE - BEND THE TREND - Was ist zu tun? Umdenken - Umschwenken Report
Open Forum experiment in the tradition of the SCHOOL OF IGNORANCE ? – an on-going experiment in dialogue meeting design.
Invited guest: Kurt Hanks ( The Visualizer, Mindset Mapping, see Domain) and other Honorary and Surprise Guests (see report with participants) to experiment with Dialog and Conferencing formats. Rules of the game. See also the Experiment-Documentation.
Please come back maybe early October 2010 to see the Video documentation of LABOR-TV of our experiment to include input impulses into the open-forum format. Before that maybe these experiments of multi-track conferencing are of interest: ICSU-CODATA roundtable at Symposium, STAMMTISCH - Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration @ GOVERNMENT 2.0.
A Magic Roundtable exercise as a FORMAT LABOR was also part of the SUMMIT. See some IMPRESSIONS below and follow the link to the documentary and do not forget to check the audio slides above.
see also BLOG
2009 we are in full swing for a line of events and side-event dialogues at the UNFCCC in December in Copenhagen and link to the CBD and CSD - DESD efforts..... Please come back - or if interested check with Heiner [at] Benking.de for details or possible dates, ways, and means ! see report
2009 Berlin HUB Sustainability Week:
See also details on the process and format: STAMMTISCH 2.0 and 3.0 (in German) more about and the more complete backgrounder of this 1001 dialogues 100001 diversities and 10 001 Seeds effort can be found further down at this page.
See as an example some Impressions of one event EcoTHEE-2008
The conference an my "COVENANT" presentation is covered in this book which was published in 2009. Missing Context and Orientations in Modern Times: [more] Please check out the various events and side-events - some where including video-conferencing - the locations and occasions - and come back for more details. Beside the Planet Diversity Dialogues we would like to highlight the EcoTHEE Agora outcomes and the 1001 Night in Weimar.
2006 Geresnet HUB Berlin
2005 Traumland Intensivstation, Opening Spaces in an Ecumenic Church in Munich around Sciences and Hospitals around Intensive Care and Trauma: goto Impressions and Article.
World Summit of the Information Society, WSIS, NGO Causus – Böll Stiftung, Berlin 2005
"Ideen für Neues: Ganztägig lernen / Ideas for
Change: Day School Learning" at Berlin Congress Centre
2004 Theatral global – entdecken … gestalten… handeln … - Theaterpädagogiches Fachforum SICHTEN VI , 2004 STIMME GEBEN - Reflexionen des Fachforums mit der Methode:
„Magic Round-Tables“: „verschenken Sie Redezeit, gewinnen Sie Zuhörzeit“ 4.-6. November 2004 im FEZ Berlin
InWEnt Open-Space, Work for One World, Hannover 2004
Rudolf Bahro Internationales Symposium and Open-Space - „The socio-ecological Alternative“, 2002
of Democracy Berlin
TISCHE - Schnittstelle zwischen Experten und Bevölkerung,
- Eine wichtige Gesprächskultur als Voraussetzung für
eine Ethik des Miteinander,
XXXX documenation of earlier events – not having used the term „Open-Forum“ or „Magic Roundtable“ pending....
see another colelction of events selected for the site of Farah
more about DIALOGUE- MEDIATION- PARTICIPATION-EMPOWERMENT? go here: or here!: http://coforum.de/index.php4?OpenForum