Clean Language and Open Space Technology. Two proven approaches to improve communication “softly” – not by adding more machinery, but by structuring conversations so that they work well.
We’ll be combining the two at Metaphorum 2018 on 3 February. Surely that’ll double the value?
Here’s an introduction to Open Space:
And here’s my latest Clean Language intro:
The two approaches both assume that, given the right circumstances, people do know what works for them, and can take action to achieve what they want.
With both approaches, participants need to set aside their “learned helplessness” and take autonomous action to get the best out of the experience. That does require a bit of courage. But both Clean Language and Open Space facilitators pay attention to setting things up so that they feel safe: this isn’t the Wild West.
When you blend the two approaches, big stuff can happen. You get to talk to the people who have the answers – or the questions – you’re seeking. Strong relationships develop quickly. Ideas flow.
And, let’s mention a little elephant in the corner of this conversation. David Grove, creator of Clean Language, also created another, rather different process called Clean Space. It’s typically used as a coaching or therapy process with a single “client” and a single facilitator. It’s really nothing like Open Space, and doesn’t look or sound much like Clean Language. Clean Language plus Open Space does not equal Clean Space!
- What do you think about the relationship between Clean Language and Open Space? Please comment below. And do join us for Metaphorum 2018!