The APASO Open Space Convening

This year, the APASO Program Committee is trying something new!  In order to recognize the leadership of each APASO member and to explore the multitude of important ideas and new strategies that our members want to discuss, DAY 2 of our conference will take place in Open Space style.

Originated by Harrison Owen, Open Space Technology is a highly-scalable and adaptable meeting format which creates unique opportunities for intentional, action-oriented discussions among diverse groups of people to explore areas of collaboration, and to share resources and information. The community-building power of this process comes from participants creating the agenda together, and subsequently self-organizing to lead group discussions about creative solutions to a central question.  It unleashes the leadership of every participant who is passionate about the issue at hand and wants to take action.

The central question we are asking is “How do Arts Service Organizations continue to lead the sector while ensuring their own sustainability?”

A “newsroom” will be created where minutes from each Open Space breakout session are compiled and published in a Book of Proceedings.  This record documents the important takeaways from the conference, provides a roadmap for ongoing, post-convening conversations and is a critical tool to engage new stakeholders.

There are four promises of Open Space:

  1. every issue of concern to anybody will be raised;
  2. all issues will receive full discussion to the extent desired;
  3. a full report of all discussions will be produced; and
  4. there will be time for action planning.
Participants are asked to
“Bring your passion and creativity . . . and be ready to be surprised!”

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