Flourishing Futures — a 3-Day, Global Event for Facilitators & Changemakers
The event will take place across three days:
Day 1: Three Opening Circles spread 8 hours apart, session meetings
Day 2: Announcements, session meetings, reflection circles
Day 3: Action-planning, three Closing Circles spread 8 hours apart
When is it?
The event will be Friday, November 6 through Monday, November 9. Exact dates will depend on your time zone. Multiple starting times will accommodate participants in 22 time zones across the globe.
If you bring people together to effect positive change in organizations and communities, then join us this November 6 - 9th!
About this Event
The world calls us. We are a mighty power for good. It’s time to create a flourishing future together.
We face many complex challenges, and the world is calling us. She is asking us to help transform the castles, nurture the gardens, and craft the Vision. To do so, we must bring to bear our many powerful gifts: learning ceremonies, expansive space, loving circles, customer-focused design, novel experiments, inspiring questions, and liberating play. We are a mighty power for good, and She is relying on us.
This is not the time to go our separate ways. We must combine our genius, passion, and spirit to serve an interconnected, volatile world. So, we invite you to consider: what are the issues and opportunities for creating a flourishing future together?
What kind of future do we dream of, and how will we collaborate to get there?
What awakenings will we spark? How will we build and share? How will we sustain and amplify our impact?
We invite you to a caring space to envision a flourishing future and to unite around projects and actions that will take us there!
Who is invited?
If you have an open mind/heart and if you bring people together to effect positive change in organizations and communities, then join us! You might be a member of one or more of these communities:
Art of Hosting
Future of Work
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
And many others! This list is just a starting point.
Also, given the CoVID-19-related cancellation of the World Open Space on Open Space (WOSonOS) 2020 conference in Berlin, we warmly invite WOSonOS 2020 to this online event!
How will we do this?
We will host a virtual Open Space event. Open Space is a highly participatory process that has been used 100,000+ times in organizations and communities in 142 countries since the 1980s. Here are the steps in the event's Open Space process:
We start with a blank agenda
During the Opening Circle, we invite participants to identify issues and opportunities for creating a flourishing future together
Participants call meetings on issues and opportunities they care about
Everyone goes to the meetings that interest them the most
Notes are taken at all meetings
After the meetings, participants identify projects and actions they would like to move forward
Participants create action plans with others who want to collaborate
During the Closing Circle, participants reflect on their event experience and what actions they intend to take
As Murli Nagasundaram put it,
“Open Space puts any number of people together to share their passions and create something new. If you are open and willing to risk a little, you will gain much.”
Here is a detailed schedule where you can see how the event will play out in your time zone. You can join and leave at any time.
Okay, so, what next?
Secure your place!
The event ticket price is by donation. Pay whatever you can. Of course, if you cannot pay anything, that's fine. We want to make sure that anyone who wants to join is able to.
This is a non-profit event. We will donate 25% of net proceeds to a charitable cause that participants determine during the event. Remaining proceeds will benefit the Open Space Institute-US, a registered non-profit organization formed in 1996 to “hold space for Open Space.”
After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an email with personalized login information from QiqoChat, which is the online platform we will use to host the event. If you do not receive the email or misplace it, log into QiqoChat as a guest using the email you purchased your ticket with.
What about event sponsors?
We welcome event sponsors! There is no cost to sponsor. Learn more about sponsoring, and how you can help get the word out!
Who is hosting the event?
Experienced Open Space facilitators from around the world will host the event.