Open Space (Technology) as related by Stella Duffy

One of those moments when something crosses your path and it is both blinding and obvious.

So I was lucky to see the beautiful Stella Duffy talk about her writing at Gladstone Library a few weeks back.  But also she related a few snippets about the above idea.

It’s a way of thinking about meetings and has been taught by various people at different levels.  But as a distillation:-

If you are having a meeting then all present assemble the points for discussion, everyone gets their say.


  • Whoever comes are the right people
  • Whatever happens that is the only thing that could have
  • Wherever it happens then that is the right place
  • Whenever it starts is the right time (not a reason for being late, just saying that when proper discussion starts, this is when the meeting starts)
  • When it’s over, it’s over
  • Leave if not engaged – the law of two feet (they have a purpose)
  • Be prepared to be surprised

In any meetings there will be bees – the cross pollinators, and butterflies – those who draw people’s attention.

B x

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