Beyond Open Space


November 22nd, 2009

At the end of each and every Applied Improv Conference is an Open Space Day (we’re still working on the whole conference being in Open Space, but that’s another story). I’ve had great fun the last two years opening space, and this year enjoyed Chris Corrigan taking on the opening – providing a new voice for AINers to hear, and selfishly, providing an opportunity for me to see how someone else opens space.

I just loved the way Chris quickly applied the language of improvisation to Open Space and named it a long-form frame game known as The Harrison.

And I can’t describe how much I love this – from the incomparable Rich Cox (so much talent in one person, it shouldn’t be allowed!) Post Open Space were two more sessions (after the conference had finished) – Open Pub and Open Tub. Here are the Laws and Principles…

oPubSpace

law of two drinks – If you find yourself in a situation where you are drinking alone, meet at least one more person before beginning your discussion.

the four principles – Whatever someone orders is the right drink. Whoever comes is the right pubgoer. Whenever it starts is the right time. When it’s last call, it’s over.

oTubSpace

law of two towels – If you find yourself in a situation where you are soaking alone, meet at least one more person before beginning your discussion.

the four principles – Whoever comes is the right hottubber. Whatever someone wears is the right swimwear. Whenever it starts is the right time. When someone pees in the pool, it’s over.

1 Comment so far

  1. Chris Corrigan » From the feed on November 28, 2009 1:04 am

    […] Viv McWaters has a nice post on the Open Space we did at the Applied Improv Conference, and how it flowed into other activities. November 27, 2009 | In Uncategorized | […]

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