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Chapter VI Creating Time and Space

The preparations have been made and the people are assembled; everybody is sitting in a circle. The middle is open space except for a small pile of markers, masking tape, and quarter-sheets of flip-chart paper. It is time to get started.

The initiatory activities of an Open Space event are designed to move people as quickly as possible into active, synergistic co-creation. This is not the time for speeches, lengthy explanations, or acknowledgments. What transpires is the absolute minimum necessary to get the show on the road. Over the years, operating under the principle that less is more, I have found it possible to reduce the opening ceremonies to something close to one and one-half hours. By the end ...

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