Open Space meetings can enable the merging of organizations, units and cultures. Whether the merger is forced or chosen, differences in culture and approach can impede effective and spirited performance. When it is clear that the merger is going forward, Open Space meetings foster letting-go of the past and together choosing the new future.
Like all other interventions, Open Space meetings work best when the context and expectations are clear and the timing is right. They also work best when the participants are given real freedom to take initiative or develop proposals with regard to the task at hand. Developing clarity as to what can be influenced or decided is a critical part of preparing for any Open Space. In a merger, it is particularly important to state what is given and what is open for consideration. Executives or managers can then choose to Open the Space as part of a change management process, for example:
Because Open Space fosters
self-organization and initiative, it engages participants in choosing to
work together like no other approach. Events of up to 750 people, and more
linked with computers, can have a critical mass impact on the
organization. It can also be co
For example, when multiple units
of the Anglican Church of Canada were co
Open Space Meetings can speed up the process of letting-go and embracing the new. Open Space also fosters the learning required to both lead and flow with the new norm of continuous change.