Create Your UnConference with Open Space
Starts: Fri, 09-08-13 10:00 (CEST) Ends: Fri, 09-08-13 17:00 (CEST)
Lübeck (40 minutes by public transit from Hamburg Hbf), Lübeck, DE
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Summary: You are ready to try it! You've attended a self-organizing UnConference or BarCamp, and it's time to your own business or community. Can it really be as simple as it looks? Yes! and No!


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Create Your UnConference with Open Space

  • Registration deadline: Mon, 05 Aug 2013, 11:00 PM (CEST)
You are ready to try it!   \o/

You've attended an UnConference, BarCamp or other Open Space self-organising event, and would love to bring it to your own business or community.  Can it really be as simple as it looks?

The answer is both Yes and No!

Yes: Open Space events simply happen by creating a container for self-organisation and then letting go. Then the people who have gathered will create the event they need. I.e. "Whoever comes is the right people" and "whatever happens is the only thing that could!".

And No: Open Space does not begin where most people think it does: in a circle of chairs. It begins long before, with the discipline of Opening Space with the event sponsors, creating a strong and welcoming invitation, getting the word out, and preparing a supportive space. This is the secret of getting " the right people" into the opening circle. And then, the magic always follows!


THIS COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE IN A MIX OF GERMAN AND ENGLISH.  Teaching and resources will be mainly in English but Deb is multi-lingual, so conversation and group exercises can take place in German. Preparatory exercises will be sent to you in both English and German.

Open Space training usually takes place in multiple-day workshops. On the other hand, the basics of creating such an event are available in books and online. This one-day course combines these two learning approaches.

We assume you are highly motivated, and that you enjoy interactive learning. We therefore ask you to do some assigned reading and writing before arriving for our one-day workshop (preview here), so we can skim over the basics and get to what's really interesting: applying Open Space specifically where you need it. These exercises will be sent to your email address in advance, in both English and German.

When you arrive, we will design a day that meets the needs of the group. Topics will be covered in more or less depth depending on your level of preparation and your interests. Deborah incorporates "back of the room" teaching elements that keep you actively engaged to increase learning and retention.


* What have you learned so far?
* Open Space concept map
* Holding Space: the role of the facilitator.
* Roleplay: how do you resist the request to intervene?
* Preparing the "container"
* The importance of the invitation
* Prepare your own script (Law, Principles, Process...)

Depending on participant interest, other likely topics include:

* When to use Open Space, and when not?
* Roleplay: is your organisation ready for Open Space?
* To document or not to document the sessions?
* Design a theme that attracts "the right people"
* Practice your opening (particularly for those with real projects coming up).
* Convergence: the Moving to Action step that usually gets left out

(The content of this course will, in fact, be shaped by the people who join us there, because it is interactive! See who's coming. )

You will leave with a first draft of your own facilitation task cards, a personal "next step" and a resource list in hand

The course includes, for each participant, one hour of free coaching with Deborah when you plan your next event.


Deborah Hartmann Preuss is a facilitator, trainer and coach living in south-western Germany. She was privileged to learn the practice of Holding Space from Larry Peterson in Canada. Deborah has hosted and facilitated Open Space events in three languages
since 2005, in Canada, the US, Germany,  France and Switzerland. Deborah is the co-creator of the AgileCoachCamp viral conference format, which has run 25+ times worldwide since 2008. Deb rarely attends "traditional" conferences any more :-)

Deborah Is collaborating on this workshop with two German-speaking colleagues, who will also attend the workshop:
Silke Luinstra and Dina Sierralta Espinoza.


Detailed instructions for getting into the building are here:

We've set the start time to 10am to allow more people to have same-day travel. But if you can, why not come early and have a relaxed breakfast at the nearby Wiener Cafehaus?(map) (tip: it opens at 9am)


We believe that diversity is important when people work together. For this reason we also welcome people with no income or limited income. If you are passionate about this topic, please contact us to discuss a price reduction that makes this event accessible to you.


We expect to cancel the event if we have fewer than 5 participants on August 6th. In that case you will be notified and automatically receive a refund.

When you register, you will receive a link to use in case you need to cancel. We know that things happen, and plans do change, but PLEASE cancel as early as possible, definitely before August 6th) to help us plan.

When you cancel you will be charged a cancellation fee of about 6% or about 40€ . Or, you can help us out by transferring your ticket to another person, instead.


We know that southern Germans are probably still on vacation in August...  this event has been timed to align with northern Germany's back-to-school dates.

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This class is available for groups speaking English, French and German. Please contact the organiser to inquire about bringing it to your business or community this autumn!

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    Cloudsters Lübeck, Braunstrasse 1-3
    23552 Lübeck
    Language: German
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