The Creating Space Experience:
Ever since the first Creating Space, the Leadership Learning Community has implemented a vision of a collaborative learning environment that honors participants’ knowledge and experience as well as capturing the wisdom and emergent learning in the room. Rather than creating a conference, we created an un-conference challenging the idea that speakers or experts hold all the knowledge, and participants simply passively receive information. Creating Space is a unique gathering that focuses on unleashing innovative thinking through multiple voices and a range of ideas by harvesting the participants’ broad collective expertise and creating a welcoming space to share lessons, tackle tough problems, and think together about new frontiers of learning.
A signature strategy or tool for supporting this more active mode of learning has been the use of Open Space technology. Using Open Space, participants become “designers” helping to shape and influence the meeting content by suggesting issues of immediate importance to their work or offering compelling new models making a difference in their practice. Participants then self-organize around these topics for small group conversations. This year, in addition to Open Space, we requested ideas from the community in advance, and organized sessions and topic hosts for the event.
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