Spring Roundup!
An “Open Space” Workshop
For Rotary
Spring Roundup is a new way to improve our Rotary Clubs while having fun at the same time!  We engaged a new (to us!) way of training based on “Open Space Technology”, described below.
What is an “Open Space” Conference or Workshop??
Open Space conferences started with a paper published by Harrison Own in 1982 titled “Organizational Transformation”.  Over the next 3 years he refined his ideas, conducting the first annual “Open Space Symposium” in 1983.   Open Space Technology (OST) has numerous applications, but always they are focused on a specific and important purpose or task, and always they begin without any formal agenda.  General information can be found at the links below, but the main features are:
Key Benefits:
  • They are self-organized.  This means minimal preparation for the facilitators and enhanced buy-in from the participants.
  • They are scalable.  Open space events have been successfully conducted with as few as 5 up to more than 2000 participants!
  • Whoever comes are the right people.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
  • Whenever it is over it is over.
The Law of 2 Feet:
  • If you are neither learning or contributing it is your responsibility to respectfully use your own 2 feet to find some place you are learning or contributing.
Links for info about Open Space Technology are: