for me, this event exemplified some of the best things about Open Space events.
It was a “typical” weekend event – we opened and created the agenda on Friday evening, sessions all day Saturday, and sessions and closing on Sunday.
The great majority of the 100 participants had never attended an Open Space before, mostly had no clue what it was about, and many came in skeptical. I love it when they start out skeptical.
I was a bit worried (as always) that there wouldn’t be enough topics. Was I ever wrong to worry! We had more overflow than any other event I’ve facilitated. The newbies got the idea quickly and the topics kept on flowing.
The energy was outstanding. Once things got rolling, the bumblebees were pollinating, the butterflies were flitting, and the conversations moved up and down the halls.
Topics spanned everything from how to expand the community to programming in F# to discussing BDD (and TDD and DDDD).
For me, the best part was, as usual, the closing circle.
The words I heard included “open” and “respect” and “sharing” and “wow”. The skeptical had become the converted.
On top of all of that, this group was one of the most eager and effective in not only getting proceedings up on their wiki, but also in sharing videos and far more information than just came out of the event. Plus the amount of tweeting that went on and the people who were connecting and watching streaming video and tweets around the world, was impressive.
It was a joy and a delight to be allowed to facilitate this event, and to share in the energy and excitement.