Open Space Meetings

A method of running meetings - the agenda is decided on the day by participants and there are five main rules during the mini-breakout sessions:
  1. Whoever comes is the right people: this alerts the participants that attendees of a session class as "right" simply because they care to attend
  2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have: this tells the attendees to pay attention to events of the moment, instead of worrying about what could possibly happen
  3. Whenever it starts is the right time: clarifies the lack of any given schedule or structure and emphasises creativity and innovation.
  4. When it's over, it's over: encourages the participants not to waste time, but to move on to something else when the fruitful discussion ends.
  5. Law of Two Feet" (or "The Law of Mobility"). If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet. Go to some other place where you may learn and contribute.

Links to further reading
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Space_Technology
Anatomy of an Open Space event