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2016 ICF Australasia Conference

2016 ICF Australasia ConferenceUnlocking Potential26 - 28 October 2016    |    Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Queensland

Open Space

Open Space Unlocking Potential ­ Conference Conversations



What if you had a conversation at this conference that really Unlocked Potential - in yourself, in your clients, for coaching, for ICF, for the world…                                

What would that conversation be?

At this conference we want you to have that conversation.

Surrounded by all our amazing delegates you will have the opportunity to have that conversation in the keynote, plenary and concurrent sessions, in the breaks, with our speakers and sponsors, in the hallways, at the social events and especially within our dedicated Conference Open Space.

 The conference open space is the space to invite others to gather with you to have the important, meaningful, and significant conversations you, and they, would like to have.

How it works:

You put forward the conversation topic you want to be a part of by writing it down as clearly and succinctly as possible.  You then post/advertise the conversation in the ‘Open Space Marketplace’ by placing it in an available time slot and space, inviting others to join the conversation.  At the allotted time you, along with others who are interested in the topic, turn up and converse openly, richly and curiously about the topic.  The insights you discover, uncover, intuit, and decide are then shared via an Open Space record for further sharing with all delegates via the Conference App.

Having an Open Space conversation means that all who are interested in that conversation have a chance to join and contribute to it.

Note: Putting forward a conversation does not mean you facilitate or lead the conversation.  It only means you will be there to start/convene the conversation. The people who turn up for the conversation all co­lead how the conversation unfolds.

Where it is:

The Conference Open Space is located at:

The Garden Terrace
Conference Level, Marriott Resort and Spa

The conversations can also happen in other spaces if all the ‘official’ spots and times are filled.  Simply put your conversation topic on the Open Space board (Marketplace) listing where and when it will take place.

What you can do – pre­conference:

Think about the types and topics of conversations you want to have at the conference that will really make it an outstanding event for you.  Then come along ready and open to have those conversations.

 What you can do – at the conference:

There are two things for you to do at the conference

1. Put forward conversation topics

2. Check out the conversations that are posted for the ones that interest you and join in.

As the conference progresses keep alert to your own curiosity and questions and the topics that emerge for you that you would like to continue with others.  Then post/advertise the conversation that you want to be having in the Open Space Marketplace.

As time permits keep an eye on the conversations that are happening in the Open Space Marketplace as new conversations will be put forward on an ongoing basis.


As one of our Keynote Speakers, Judith E Glaser asserts:

"To get to the next level of greatness depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of relationships, which depends on the quality of conversations. Everything happens through conversations."

Come along and have a conference, and conversations, at the next level of greatness.


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