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|From: Cohousing-L listmgr (fholsonmtn.org)|
|Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 16:24:30 -0500|
Rob Sandelin floriferous [at] classic.msn.com is the author of the message below but due to msn's new address format it was posted by the Fred the list manager: owner-cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org ------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS ------------------- This year the conference is using open space technology to design the program. Zev can give lots of details about this system. If you have specific information you are looking for, or want to present, bring the topic with you and organize a panel at the event itself. For example, on Friday morning if you want to know about how to apply for affordablilty grants, propose that as a group topic. People who are interested will sign up and attend that topic and share what they know. The Open Space technology lets us tap the people who are there for their interests, lets them create the groups, and then people with information can filter into it. Having run 9 NICA conferences and having the FIC use this process has shown me this method is very effective in getting participants to share the information that is the highest priority for them. What we want to do is use a method that allows participants to share their own experiencial learnings directly with each other. We have some great resources in the people who are attending and our goal is to maximize their value to the group. Using Open Space, most of the presentation sessions become panel discussions as two or three people will tend to know the most and speak, and others will add their wisdom. The difference in using Open Space is that the participants choose what panels they want, and the panelists and participants self select themselves. This system works really well to maximize the relevance of the material, as well as utiltilizing the resources available for the things the participants most want to hear about. Rob
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