- a contribution towards "reinventing democracy"
some "participant views"
with other "eyes" from events which combined the OPEN SPACE and
OPEN FORUM method
2001 Bertalanffy Conference Vienna, Nov 2001
See here the posters and "rules" as displayed in Vienna: http://open-forum.de/open-space-open-forum.html Moderation ChristinaWeidel, World of NGOs, Ceiberweiber, Vienna
A full documentation
is under preparation: Here some "snap-shots" to show that what we did and
mean - so you can see that people enjoyed it and that we were growing in
numbers - with nobody running away - and instead we were competing well
against the videos in the "other room" featuring Ervin Laszlo and Anatol
- A great session and a
wonderful way to manage interventions. It forces analysis and synthesis.
This was my first experience
in the round table open talk. It was wonderful exciting and interesting.
I caught all procedure and followed accordingly. The outcome whatever I
found was really very realistic. Thank you. Mohan
Don?t talk; Do! name not
Judging from my experience
as a participant in this conference segment, every conference should
have at least one session with this brilliant format. I intend to
advocate its use every chance I get. Mark Davidson
I found the round table
very good. But the rest of the conference too many words and words. It
makes no sense to me. Joe
- The nice events occurred when participants gave time to others, to be able to finish a thought! Gerard
The minute card system
was very useful. ... Some of the ideas developed in this session were very
This may be
an example that life can be more appealing more interesting than "canned
pictures" in any Video Format.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The OPEN FORUM takes place in for example only 60 MINUTES - so intensive exchange and no bordom - instead we heard raising laughter and people did not want to go for the coffee break - like in the typical well known conference formats - we had all the time "coffee-break" with all people taking part - not excluding the new-commers as it is so often the case in conferences we experience every day...
Keeping in mind that te participants were serious re-searchers and scientists, not common people, but people experienced to monologue and fill an audience for hours, maybe this was a hard test in comaprison to earlier events as below: (and an invitation to prepare the papers in advance like: dialogue
or congruence? - so they need not to be lectured any more - and only see where people disagree and can come to a higher or shared level of understanding).
OPEN SPACE with OPEN FORUM time credits in the working group:
more about DIALOGUE-
MEDIATION- PARTICIPATION-EMPOWERMENT? go