Here's something I've noticed about my students: If I decide where the class will go my students will follow. If I offer choice to my students then they will lead.
Facilitating an Open Space (un-conference) session is one of the most deeply frightening and satisfying things I've done. It requires two things that every teacher / facilitator / conference organizer should be willing to do, but often isn't:
- Total faith in participants / students
- Willingness to get out of the way and let the magic happen
After a frightening moment (probably only 4 seconds long, but much longer in my mind) when I thought the sessions would only half fill the WhippleHill Open Space session was a complete success thanks to the passionate, creative, and dynamic participants.