OpenSpace is a simple way of self-organising a conference. It relies on participation by people who have a passion for the topics to be discussed. There is no preplanned list of topics, only time slots and a specific meeting areas where interested participants propose topics and pick time slots.
OpenSpace has been used for conferences and as a facilitation technique for meetings, community organizations, and other groups that wish to explore the ideas and agendas of the delegates, in this case us, the people WITH diabetes. We are our own experts on OUR diabetes.
Prepare to be surprised by the depth and breadth of topics that come up!
It will be a unique experience. Is it for you? If you say yes to either of these questions then it IS for you:
Can I contribute anything of value?
Do I have any questions about living with diabetes?
It doesn’t matter if you contribute a little or a lot. And you’ll probably be surprised that you may know something that others may not. Everyone has something to give, whether they know it or not — even if it’s the “beginner’s mind” that asks the right questions.
One of the greatest things about our “Un-Conference” is that it’s spontaneous. It’s not about traditional “eyes-forward” presentations. This isn’t a conference where you’ll be lectured at. Experts will be at the conference and will share and contribute, just not in the usual way.
Perhaps you are familiar with some technology that others might like to learn about, we might end up asking you to show us. But not in a formal way. So all you really need to bring is your brain.
(This and more information about OpenSpace conference format is available at http://www.mindviewinc.com/Conferences/OpenSpaces)