Open Space Technology

24/10/2013 17:00 h – 18:30 h

By Martina

The first afternoon session on Thursday was held by Rebecca with the title „Open Space Technology“. It aimed at finally leading us from theoretical inputs to actual actions to be taken within the next days.
Therefore, we were presented the Open Space Technology, a model that purposes the spreading of ideas for initiatives among attendees of any conference.  To get the most out of it for everyone, following principles have to be kept in mind:

  1.        Whoever comes are the right people.
  2.        Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  3.        When it starts is the right time.
  4.        When it’s over it is over.

This allows focusing on here and now, therefore pushing the project to greater success. In order to enable flexibility and fluctuation among the participants “The rule of 2 feet” was introduced, meaning everyone could switch between initiatives anytime one feels like doing so.

To proceed, ideas were gathered on a board, then shortly presented by the convenors, followed by short questions.
Suggestions ranging from establishing an online platform to track down human rights violations in Libya to inform people on Malta about ḥalāl food, research the connections between the Euro crisis and the Arab Spring, explore Symbols on Malta, write a musical piece promoting world peace, interview immigrants and Maltese about migration issues, establish a youth empowerment program, get creative in expressive arts, work within the concept of the “Theatre of the Oppressed” as well as layout a concept for sustainable conferences were brought up.

To get started, everyone gathered in groups according to the project they would like to join most and brainstorming began. We are now preparing for tomorrow to get a smooth start into the world of activism here on Malta.

By Martina

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