OpenSpace Training from April 28-30, 2009 in Cape Town

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Many of us experience our work, the organisations we are part of, our communities, even our countries and in fact the whole world around us as transforming at ever increasing speed. To deal with the resulting challenges we need an approach that involves all affected and interested parties with their experiences, insights, questions and wisdom.

OS_CircleOpen Space Technology is such an approach. It supports organisations and systems of all kinds and sizes to utilize their inherent potential for self-organisation leading to high performance characterized by collaboration, cooperation, participation and broad leadership. It provides a framework of time and space in which everyone works on those issues they feel passionate about and for which they are prepared to take responsibility. Leaders, managers, consultants, students, group workers, community organisers, planners and everyone interested in the future of their organisations and communities will benefit from this workshop.

IngeniousPeoplesKnowledge is proud to host an Open Space Technology Workshop in South Africa in collaboration with the berlin open space cooperative (boscop) .

boscop members have facilitated several hundred Open Space events with groups ranging from 5 to 2108 participants in 30 countries worldwide. Their unique training design uses Open Space itself as the basic training process, which has been developed over the last decade through application in many Open Space Technology Trainings with participants from around the world.

Participants will thoroughly acquaint themselves with Open Space Technology (OST) in the workshop by:

  • learning about the prerequisits of Open Space meetings;
  • experiencing an Open Space planning session;
  • experiencing an Open Space meeting under the title agreed on in the planning session;
  • reflecting on the recent experience as a participant in another Open Space session under the title “Open Space on Open Space”;
  • transferring their Open Space experience into first application steps in an Open Space action planning process;
  • parallel “learning spaces” for self-organised learning providing books and articles as well as audio and visual resources on Open Space, and a “question & answer wall” to reflect on the current experience

The training design follows the Open Space process’ inner logic by placing experiential and self-organised learning at its core. The underlying principle being that “Open Space cannot be taught or studied, but must be experienced first-hand in order to be understood and remembered”.

OS_Topic_WallIngeniousPeoplesKnowledge (I-P-K) is a Cape Town based consultancy firm that specializes in Knowledge and Change Management. I-P-K’s facilitation and coaching methodologies are based on understanding the complexity of living systems and social processes and are aimed at enabling synchronous learning amongst participants. We design transformative organizational processes that are inclusive and able to generate individual commitment towards a collective action plan: Open Space Technology is one of the approaches we use.

Read a short Background Document on Open Space Technology.

You will find all relevant booking details here below (click on “More…”). A more detailed training programme will be available closer to the time.

Details of the Open Space Technology Training 2009:

Host & Event Co-ordination: Catherine Widrig Jenkins and Marc Steinlin, IngeniousPeoplesKnowledge, Cape Town (
Training: Mia Konstantinidou and Michael Pannwitz, boscop eG, Berlin, Germany (
Location: Monkey Valley Resort, Noordhoek, Cape Peninsula (
Dates (NEW DATES!): Tuesday (lunch time) 28 to Thursday (lunch time) 30 April 2009

Participation Fee Including Catering until 31 January 2009 only: R 6’750
Please note that this fee includes catering during the formal training sessions only. “After-hours” catering, i.e. dinner, accommodation and breakfast costs are excluded. You will receive your registration confirmation upon receipt of payment of a 50% non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance of the participation fee must be paid by 31 March 2009. Cancellations are not eligible for refunds, but a subsitute may be sent.
Participation Fee Including Catering From 1 February 2009: R 7’500
Multi-Booking Discount: 10% for every additional participant from the same company

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To book accommodation at Monkey Valley Resort please contact: Sue-Lesley Norgate on 021 789 8008 or and copy in It is important to quote the reference “Open Space Technology Training 2009” when making your booking in order to qualify for the special conference accommodation rates. Accommodation is available in twin rooms (sharing room and bathroom) at R 445 per person per night; in semi-share rooms (own room, sharing a bathroom) at R 558 per person per night and; in executive en-suite rooms (own room and own bathroom) at R 675 per person per night. All rates include breakfast. Please note that these rates are subject to availability at the time of booking. There is only limited numbers of each type of room (i.e. twin, semi-share, executive en-suite) – it is therefore recommended to book early if you have a certain preference.

For further information on this training event please contact: Catherine Widrig Jenkins
Skype: catherinewidrig
Cell: 073 387 7369

For further information on Open Space Technology visit:
We highly recommend to read “Open Space Technology: A Users Guide” (Harrison Owen 2008/ ISBN 978-1-57675-476-4) before the training and to stay over at the venue to be able to participate in the informal “after-hours” exchange with the other participants.

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