To gather insights on the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic of the community, we organised a participant-driven Open Space session whereby the agenda is set by those attending – giving much leeway to self-organise and express ownership over a topic. The Humanity Hub’s team supported participants in allocating time and topic, based on the following ground rules:
(1) whoever comes is the right people,
(2) whenever it starts is the right time,
(3) whatever happens is the only thing that could have, and
(4) when it’s over, it’s over.
Ultimately, an Open Space has one law: the ‘Law of Two Feet’ that states ‘If, during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they can go to some more productive place’. In this way, all participants are given both the right and the responsibility to maximise their own learning and contribution – of which you can read the outcomes above.