By 9:30 a.m. on Friday, JTM-PNW participants are reading to "call" breakout sessions for the rest of the day and on Saturday. they do this by filling out 8.5x11 sheets and postng them on a convening wall; then participants can decide which sessions they want to attend -- or convene. More than 230 participants are participating over three days and there are about 80 people already "in the circle" at 9 a.m. PACIFIC this morning. First, JTM convenor Peggy Holman explains the principles of the gathering.
Holman: Four principles of open-space sessions
JTM collaborator Peggy Holman explains four principles of open-space sessions:
- Whoever comes, is the right group -- If no one shows up, you may be so far ahead, nobody knows how important it is. YOu can use the time for yourself, or talk to one other person, and you bring that idea with you into another sessions.
- Whatever happens is the only thing that could have -- go with an idea and see what it has to offer.
- When it starts is the right time. An invitation to have a different relationship with time>
- When it's over, it is over.
The guiding principle: The law of two feet
- The law of two feet: The essense of the Open Space process. There is a foot of passion and a foot of responsibility and when you put those two feet together, they carry you when and were you need to be -- to take responsible for "what you love." It's an invitation to pay attention to what you care about and where you want to be and go for it. Ask yourself: "Do I find myself contributing, am I learning, am I having a good time?" If not, take the rest of you with you and go some place else.
- If the link for your session isn't working, email gstahre /at/ gmail or feel free to fix it yourself.