Innovative Open Space

GSRC - Open Innovation Space (OIS)

Friday, April 7, 2017


OIS is a space for dialogue regarding questions, research, and emerging themes within our conference topics.

Topics include:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Environment – Social
  • Environment – Land, Water, Climate
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Youth, Children, Childhood Studies
  • Culture & Identity
  • Language & Literacies

Choose a table and sit with colleagues to discuss the topic, your interest or research, and find some emergent themes together.

Select a facilitator to help manage the conversation and a recorder to take notes of the highlights from the conversation.  Be prepared to share:

  • ONE Key Insight
  • ONE Question that has emerged from your time together
  • ONE Possible symposium title (if you were to host a future event in your topic area)

We will ask you to wrap up your discussion and present your INSIGHT, QUESTION, and SYMPOSIUM TITLE at approx. 10:45am. You’ll have 1-2 minutes to present your findings as a group.


  • Whoever comes are the right people.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
  • When it’s over, it’s over.


If you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, you use your two feet and go to some more productive place.


For more information visit:

OPEN SPACE...a Group Process or a New Way of Thinking?, by Diane Gibeault

Open Space World