Role leaders
 Role facilitator



"The process is wonderful, but it isn't the process itself that creates the magic. We can certainly use Open Space Technology with almost any question, but the questions have to be real, deep, timely and complicated if we want to get real, deep, timely and sophisticated engagement" - Chris Corrigan -

An intervention should be designed in accordance with the objective and principles of LSI. The table below explains what this means:

Point of attention

Consequence for design

Making use of a broad spectrum of qualities

Space for both cognitive, creative and intuitive angles of incidence; change of approaches and working methods; room for physical action


Attention to the use of language; what meaning does a certain word or expression have in this particular society, organisation or community?

Working with a design team in order to learn cultural customs and usages, language

Promoting “personal responsibility”

Promoting the responsibility of the participants means creating a setting that inhibits dependencies: working in a circle; no long speeches or monologues; dialogue

sufficient time for each person to contribute: working with table groups or small groups

Involving the whole system

Defining the system by looking inwards from the outside: what are the boundaries of an organisation or community? What are the purposes of the organisation or community?

Large Group Intervention

The working conditions for large group meetings must be optimal; sufficiently large working room; break out spaces; logistics. For very large groups a specific logistics team may be needed.

pay special attention to the atmosphere in the room and the location

Linking with the present situation

Adjust the tempo to the tempo of the organisation

Do not promise more than is possible

Formulate powerful questions that go to the heart of the matter

Commitment of management and sponsors

Taking care of interaction with management and actual management practice

Sponsor (mostly) opens and closes a Large Group Intervention

Important questions are: “What is the system”, and “Who is to be involved”? Other questions that may help clarify these questions, together with client and/or preparation team, are:

  • What is really the issue?
  • Who has information?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • On whom does the success of the intervention depend?
  • Who depends on the organisation or community?
  • On whom does the organisation or community depend?
  • Together with whom do we want to take decisions?

The Vista Group in England gives some great overviews that can help you in designing and organising a Large Group Intervention:

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