Generating ideas: Open Forum

Created by : Les 7 Sens
Last update : August 21, 2018


Allows the realization of creative meetings, with all people, in all contexts.

Participants create and manage their own agendas (schedules) comprising various working groups, in concurrent sessions, with sub-topics contributing to a common topic of strategic importance or a single topic, without sub-topics.


1. Train people to express themselves individually and collectively.

2. Encourage dialogue within a team and between teams.

3. Facilitate the learning of self-regulation, self-management.

A few tips:

- Choose collectively before the forum takes place the strategic topic and its possible sub-topics.

- Write the topic and sub-topics clearly, formulating them positively and starting with an action verb.

- Use the method only for ¾ of the time of the meeting. ¼ of the time is devoted to the reports of the workshops and the exchanges and reactions of the organizers and participants. 

- To train, we suggest you to focus your first forum on a single topic, without sub-topics and lasting no more than 1 hour. 



Promote a positive mindset for the forum

- Whoever wants to participate can do so (no maximum number of participants).

- What's happening is the best thing that could have happened.

- The best place to start is the "top start."

- When it's over, it's the definitive "top end."

- Everything that is to be said can coexist with its opposite.


Structuring the rules: space, time and flexibility

- Specify the characteristics of each space. For example: "subgroup spaces", "sharing space", "lighthearted experimental spaces"...

- Specify the rules of mobility from one workshop to another. For example: "who participates in which groups" "who moves and who doesn't" and "when does each group participate".

- Specify the times for discussion: give time frames for the overall duration (3 to 6 hours), as well as the duration of each workshop (15 to 45 minutes) and each discussion between workshops (10 to 20 minutes).

- Inform participants that they are free to construct their own rules.

- Give participants the opportunity to think for themselves and share their ideas with the group later.

Les 7 Sens

Réseau de professionnels pour favoriser les compétences en créativité et l'éthique de l'humain.
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