Method of collective intelligence that allows discussion and research to be constructed around a topic across several workshops With this method several aspects of a theme can be covered by a very large group, leaving the participant free to select their own discussion topics The events programme is defined jointly with all the participants at the start of the workshop, thus determining how the event is to proceed.
- Idea generation
Level of involvementinformant,
Number30 to 500
ProfileUsers who understand the issue and have personal experience of the subject
Operational teamOne general moderator, as many secretaries/workshop managers as there are discussion subjects (secretary/moderator is a participant, responsible for their own group), logisticians to ensure smooth practical organisation.
LocationA large circle of chairs for plenary sessions attended by all participants; small circles of chairs for workshop sessions, marketplace, Grand Journal, newsroom
Materials requiredFlipchart, pens, felt-tips, Post-it notes, computers
AdvantagesOne topic addressed by very large number of people Encouragement of free expression and promotion of the selection of priority subjects Establish a networking ambiance
Important pointsRisk that some subjects will not be covered in depth Requires considerable monitoring during and after the event
- Selection of topic to be covered
- Printing and posting of Open Space rules in the plenary room
- Printing of report sheets for each workshop
- Printing of 'program' worksheet for each participant
- Printing and posting of blank timetables for the day
- Preparation of computers
- Arrange catering: provide drinks and food in accordance with the number of participants
- Recruitment and briefing of supervisory team.
- Invitation of participants according to typical user profile
Welcome to participants, inviting them to register their details and take their places in the plenary session.
During the plenary session, the moderator explains the concept, proceedings and objectives of the day. He also explains the Open Space rules to all participants (see 'Open Space rules' worksheet).
Idea generation phase30 min
In a plenary session the participants voluntarily suggest a discussion subject to the rest of the group and display on the wall, in the 'Marketplace', the question they would like to cover in the workshop.
- The moderator explains to the participant the principle behind 'subject proposals', and states that each topic 'owner' will be responsible for their workshop's moderation and report.
- The moderator leads the discussion of the number of subjects desired.
Choice of subjects15 min
The participants are invited to stand in front of the 'marketplace' area and choose the workshops in which they wish to participate.
- The participants record the workshops on their 'programme' worksheet
- The moderator announces the timings and launches the Workshop phase
The participants are invited to distribute themselves in the workshops in small groups of a maximum of 15 people each.
- The workshop leader launches the discussion and makes notes on his transcription sheet ('Report' worksheet).
- The participants chat and are free to come and go as they see fit
Three workshop sessions are organised during the event
Newsroom and reading of reports in plenary session
After each workshop, workshop managers are invited to type up the reports on their discussion on newsroom computers. The principal moderator prints the reports as they are produced, and displays them so that each participant can see them.chaque participant puisse en prendre connaissance.
The participants are invited to rejoin the main circle in the plenary session. Each participant states, in one sentence, his feelings about the event and about the discussions in which he took part.
Transmission of results
- Reports sent to each participant
- Optionnal : produce an article about the workshop