Copyleft ~ by Harrison
Harrison organised a 5-day workshop, and when reading the participants feedback, he saw many people said their highlight was the coffee breaks. He realised in coffee breaks people talk to who they wish, and about things that interest them. So he developed open source.
In one incident he went to an indigenous group of people for a meeting and asked the chief what time the meeting will start. And the answered “it will start when it starts”
Those wishing to hold a conversation on a particular subject take a paper, and write their topic’s heading and their own name.
Take your paper to the big empty schedule. Choose a table number and time slot, and paste your paper in that time slot.
There may be some chaos during this time as people try juggle their offerings around.
Now everyone goes to the schedule and signs their names on the conversations that most interest them.. preferably one signature per time slot (even if you would like to attend two or three.. choose the one you wish to start with)
Then the sessions start.
Sessions last 45min to an hour
The Four principles
1. Whoever comes are the right people
2. Whatever time it starts is the right time
3. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
4. When it’s over, it’s over ~ ie, don’t stick around undoing what was done. Rather finish the conversation when the subject has been discussed.
At any time, you are welcome to leave your current conversation and join a new one.
Be prepared to be surprised at the time, learning and fun we have together
Somebody needs to take notes in the group. The notes are written up and pasted on the wall for all to see, or typed up and everyone gets a copy (pdf) at the end.
There are no experts in the process. Ego-mania doesn’t work. Nobody is in charge. We can cross-pollinate info from table to table.
If nobody comes to your table, take some time to brainstorm by yourself, or leave a note saying where you are. “i’ve gone to table B” or “i’ve gone to sit under the big tree”
For the last session, Choose eight or so topics from the day with the most signatures, and place them in the last empty time slot. Give everyone in the group 2 stickers to stick on their favourite topics. Pick out the 4 most popular topics. These will then be explored deeper at the four tables in the corner of the room. Take notes on a flipchart paper of ideas expressed. Stay in your chosen group for 20 min, then at the bell, change to another topic for another 20 min. (one person stays to inform the newcomers what’s been expressed)