Some Non-Profit Organizations have a particular affinity for Open Space. The meeting approach often mirrors many of the values articulated by the organization. I have learned that it is especially important to be clear about the theme and the expected outcomes in these organizations. Volunteers have their sense of meaning at stake when things are opened up, so it is important to develop a clear theme. Some successful uses of Open Space are the following:
This workshop was initiated by the ALS
Engaged Strategic Planning:
The board of the United Church of Canada's Observer magazine held a stakeholder's gathering in Open Space to explore options for its future. The event led to new actions on computer technology, clearer funding efforts and active board involvement is setting and monitoring strategic directions.
Mainstream Access, serving the differently-abled with housing and support used Open Space Technology for client involvement. With a little extra help, clients eagerly created the agenda and discovered ways to improve the services. They now do this regularly to give direction to services and staffing. One of the residents had not spoken in 5 years until he put up his topic in Open Space.
When multiple units of the Anglican Church
of Canada were co
Community Economic Development:
Our Local Economy sponsored a three-day Open
Space to discover community economic opportunities in
Networks and Alliances:
Children’s Services from Metropolitan
Toronto developed co
Spirited Team Work:
The Canadian Cooperative Association of Ontario staff team met for two days in Open Space and discovered a clearer focus and momentum for their work. The then enabled a new mission statement and directions for the Association. The Canadian Cancer Society and National Cancer Research Institute of Canada staff included Open Space in their staff retreat to discover better ways of working together.
Organizational Priorities and Culture:
Canadian Institute for Health Information: Executive Planning Retreat, Managers Forum in Open Space, Canadian Population Health Institute Obesity Think Tank in Open Space, CIHI-CPHI Executive Strategy
Canadian Institute of Health Research: Colorectal Cancer Research Initiative -: Open Space & Strategic Planning