One of our jobs recently was to provide some mentoring support to groups organising an Open Space in the wake of 6 Billion Ways. I spent an hour with people from FoE, WDM and the Jubilee Debt Campaign talking through how they might use an Open Space format with anything from 20 to 200 people.
The conversation ranged over issues like framing or not framing, anxieties about being the ‘facilitator’, how to flow with potential chaos, materials needed, how the output could and would be used; and who was going to be responsible for some post event co-ordination. I also shared some prepared materials and suggested they get in touch if they felt they needed a de-brief.
A link to Open Space resources here at the bottom of the section.