Mon 25 Jun 2018 11:52AM

OPEN SPACE sessions at OPEN 2018

OS Oli SB Public Seen by 99

This thread is about how to propose, and vote on, open space sessions for OPEN 2018.

We're hoping to arrange the open space sessions before the conference this year, to save time at the event.

To put forward a proposal for an Open Space session, or vote on other proposals, go to the Poll https://www.loomio.org/p/Z8RtgJrm/open-2018-what-do-you-want-to-discuss

To add your proposal:
Use the "ADD ANOTHER OPTION" button (below the list of existing proposals) to add your proposal. Please include your full name at the start of your proposal so we can contact you about running your session and provide full details about what your planned session will cover. NB: if you want to add a proposal, you MUST do so before you vote - you will not get the chance after you have voted.

To vote:
Drag the existing ideas into order, with your favourites at the top, and hit VOTE.

Any questions, please ask below:


Lucie Evers Fri 6 Jul 2018 3:41PM

I just put up a topic in the poll for open spaces, but was too quick to send it off. I wish I could edit or start again. How do I do that


Oli SB Fri 6 Jul 2018 3:47PM

Hi Lucie - I saw, it looked a bit short and did not have your name... email team@open.coop with your ideal text (not too long) and I will edit your entry for you


Mary Fee Sun 8 Jul 2018 8:45AM

Hi Ollie, the last conference I went to, I proposed a session about Local Exchange Trading Schemes and it was just me and another bloke, while everyone else was gathered round something more popular, so I'm not (yet) proposing it in case I missed out on other interesting stuff. With the loom, it probably wouldn't be chosen, unless I managed to find a way to make it relevant. So do you think we could pose the question of whether a LETS is a co-op? What's worrying me about the Co-op movement is the gulf between older people who say they support Co-ops and the younger set who are talking about Co-op platforms. So could we ask how Co-op Platforms work technically and does this have anything to offer existing organisations?


Adam S. Margetts Esq. Sun 8 Jul 2018 10:25PM

May have something of interest! Proposal will be uploaded ASAP.


Oli SB Sun 8 Jul 2018 10:24AM

HI Mary, not quite sure I understand the question "whether a LETS is a co-op?" but there should be some good explanation of what co-op platforms are, at the start of the conference on day 1 - so any potential confusion about that should be cleared up.

The idea with the open space is that everyone proposes what they would like to discuss and then we see what is most popular, so it is worth putting forward any ideas and then hopefully the most important subjects for discussion will bubble to the top :)


Mary Fee Sun 8 Jul 2018 12:08PM

Hi Oli, thanks for replying. This refers to a lot of history within the LETS movement, the LETSystems seemed to followed a business model, LETSlink tried to be more cooperative but followed a voluntary sector model with members appointing a committee at an AGM. Timebanks seem to work more like professionals and clients. So that's what it's about whether a more formal co-op model would help. It's about transparency of who is in control, who makes decisions, etc. I don't know if that would make for a useful discussion and whether it applies to other platform coops.


Oli SB Sun 8 Jul 2018 3:51PM

HI Mary, I'm not sure ... the only way to find out if others are interested would be to propose it as an open space session and see if anyone votes for it! Best, Oli


philh Mon 9 Jul 2018 7:29AM

Gosh... I didn't get this voting system :/
I added an option but couldn't see it in the list, so I hit Vote, expecting I would then access a refreshed list for voting... and it just took the default order as my choice. Now it's too late. @olisb Any chance it might be reset so that I can vote properly? Thanks!


Graham Mon 9 Jul 2018 7:59AM

I'm pretty sure that if you go back in you'll see an option to change your vote. I voted some days ago, and since then several new options have been created, and I plan to change my vote in light of that.


philh Mon 9 Jul 2018 8:20AM

Thanks @graham2! I looked around again but I can't find how to do that. It seems that voting can be done only once. Oli specifically wrote that one cannot add a new option after voting, maybe it's also impossible to re-vote :/ ... or maybe I just can't see the obvious this morning!


Graham Mon 9 Jul 2018 8:24AM

Go to https://www.loomio.org/p/Z8RtgJrm/open-2018-what-do-you-want-to-discuss and scroll down the page a little. It shows you the current options in the voted for order. Immediately below that it shows you what you voted, and immediately below that it says "CHANGE YOUR VOTE" in pale blue capitals. Click that and you are away.


philh Mon 9 Jul 2018 8:34AM

Thanks... I don't know how I could miss it... :confused:


Lucas Huber Mon 23 Jul 2018 11:56AM

I had similar problems, my vote has been accepted or pushed before I did finish reangerement.


David Bent Mon 9 Jul 2018 8:32AM

Hi everyone. I've been asked to facilitate the Open Space and wanted to offer a few thoughts on what makes this technique so brilliant (see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Space_Technology).

I think it is great to think in advance about what you'd like to have as a session. But the power of Open Space Technology comes from taking responsibility in the moment.

Harrison Owen originally designed it as a way to have mimic the best of conferences - the coffee breaks - and avoid the worst - lots of prepared presentations.

Hence the Law of Two Feet: "If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else."

In short, Open Space Technology works when people take responsibility for what they need in the moment of the conference. I'll be running it on that basis.

By all means, suggest sessions on Loomio. On the day there will be a 'marketplace' (when people who are there suggest the sessions they eant to start). If, at that moment, the session you've suggested on Loomio is still relevant - you feel a tug in the stomach to suggest it at that moment, rather than feeling you have to because you had mentioned it here - then definitely offer it to everyone.

And then, to quote the principles, "Whoever comes are the right people" and "Whatever happens is the only thing that could have".



Adam S. Margetts Esq. Mon 9 Jul 2018 6:02PM

There you go @maryfee1 - check out the NEW #FairCoop proposal. Think it could be described as LETS 2.0 🤓 https://fair.coop


Lucie Evers Mon 16 Jul 2018 10:45AM

I don’t understand how the voting works, but my open space is not about the ideal world we want, but about how in today’s Europe a coop platform can be the answer to Uber etc. And where the economic dilemma’s are dealt with.


John Waters Sat 21 Jul 2018 10:47AM

I have decided to remove my proposed open space session from the list - i.e. "Incentives for co-operation: How can different categories of business and other organizations, not least co-operatives, be encouraged towards greater co-operation, especially when working towards goals for social and planetary benefit?"

In attempting to prepare some simple introductory slides, it quickly became apparent that the problems with which I'm concerned here will take far too long to sketch and would allow insufficient time for useful interaction.

The most fundamental questions with which I had intended to start begin with categorization of "operators" in increasing dimensions; structural coupling and co-evolution; scale, topology and richness of connectivity. I had hoped to get to the point where we could start to ask meaningful questions leading to the design of appropriate "currencies", measures, signals and feedback loops to match resources to needs sustainably within planetary boundaries. Any attempt to paint a complete picture within 45 minutes would (I now believe) be futile. Instead I've started structuring this into something I can share by other means in due course.

However, I expect many of the questions will emerge in the context of other presentations - and maybe some of the answers too - so I look forward to many interesting conversations over the 2 days.


Johnny Firmin Robert Sun 22 Jul 2018 11:01AM

Hi John Waters. I understand how difficult it can be to introduce needs for conceptualisation to extend open co-operation at level of a market.Topology, connectivity, 'currency' design, metrics for measure, event & right management, etc... must be considered, as you pointed out, in order to leverage and ease freedom of association for chosen social objects... I will be glad to exchange with you next week. I am challenging these requirements in order to introduce associative liquidity in our current merchant market. Johnf.robert@opentokenomics.io


John Waters Mon 23 Jul 2018 11:47AM

Hi John Firmin Robert - "markets" are only a small part of the picture, and I'd like to see that aspect become increasingly smaller over time (as we progress to a less extractive and more needs-driven economy). I've started to regret withdrawing my suggested breakout session, but the realist in me knows that 45 minutes would barely allow us to start scratching the surface of the problems we're facing.


Oli SB Wed 25 Jul 2018 11:36AM

Hi All, thanks for voting! The top 10 sessions have now been allocated according to the votes and added to the programme - https://2018.open.coop/programme/ see you there! :)