Open Space Leadership


Workshop Course Overview

Welcome to the Open Space Leadership Workshop. We made this workshop for you. You are the organisers and facilitators who create and hold Open Space.

And you. You are couragious, open leaders who bring open space principles into business and community.


Holding space matters. We invite you to hold space that makes a difference.

We'll focus on "holding space" as a key leadership practice for organising, planning and holding events (and not just events powered by Open Space Technology).


This workshop is multi-modal. It includes:

  • 4 group workshop sessions (6+ workshop hours as a group)
  • an e-workbook to guide your learning created by Deborah Hartmann Pruess
  • personal reflection and reading (sometimes called "homework")
  • work in pairs on private calls with your workshop partner
  • a 1-on-1 mentoring or AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) session—you can "pull" your 1-on-1 when you're preparing to hold space next time after this workshop

The 4 workshop sessions are live events using QiQoChat and Zoom conferencing. Calls are fully interactive and varied to keep engagement high. (There is no talking head "webinar" in this workshop.)


This workshop schedule is different (compared to most workshops I've seen). We ask your to help us schedule the first session. It seems to always work out. We always find a time and day that works for everyone in the cohort.

During the first session, we'll confirm the remaining workshop dates and times together (so bring your calendars).

Your First Session

The first session (Session 0) is a full working part of the course. (It's not a pre-course webinar to build a mailing list or sell the course.)

The first session starts with a launch, kickoff or liftoff session. We'll ask you what you know about Open Space, what you want to learn about Open Space, and how we want to learn as a group. We'll design our learning alliance together.

You'll also create a better undetsanding of what the course offers you and what you offer the course. You'll decide the level of your cohort's commit to coursework.

You have mobility and can choose to optin for the rest of the course at the end of the first session.  (Your course payment is due at the end of the session when you optin for the remaining sessions.)

Still Need Information?

If you need more information before fully committing to the course, you’re warmly invited to the first session then you can decide to optin (or out) with a better understanding of the course and your part in it.

Continue reading: Open Space Leadership: Detailed Course Plan (the course "syllabus")

updated 20 October 2020 by Steve Holyer