I facilitated a conference for Lambeth College last week. The format was very conversational starting with discussions structured (in terms of hosts and topics) in advance and gradually moving towards an Open Space in the afternoon. I really enjoyed this approach and I find Open Space can work really well at the end of an event, allowing people to develop and dwell on their own responses to earlier discussions.
I worked with my friends at Policy Unplugged on this event, and we’re also working on creating online spaces to support and follow up on conference themes. David Wilcox is part of the team and the picture here is from his collection.