I have appreciated the value of using open space methods – not just for a specific workshop but as a way to work with colleagues and create an open and creative work environment.

Why not use this for your regular weekly/monthly meetings with your staff. Let them choose the topics to discuss and let there an open discussion on these.

Why not use this to create the strategy for your area or the organization’s external communication strategy etc. This will be excellent for the brainstorming component of developing a strategy. Let staff select topics e.g. how to use the web better in our communications, how the organization can capitalize more on using tagging, etc. Let staff attend and get involved in which areas they are most interested in.

If there are too many people for everyone to contribute or if there are many different points of view, I think the Samoan Circle could be a variation to apply to a particular topic.

Why not have these methods as part of normal ways the team works together!