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Open Futures

Since 1997, Open Futures has facilitated 63 large group events involving 4,176 participants or an average of 66 people per event. Open Futures specializes in six large-group, whole system processes: Open Space, Future Search, Giant Mind Maps, Vision Search, Strategy Search and the Perth Process. In 2003, they published The Large Group Facilitator's Manual and, using the manual as a professional platform, Open Futures offers open training workshops or customized workshops in understanding, planning and running large group events involving from 20 to 500 people.

Open Futures is committed to real participation and involvement of people in organisations and communities. We believe in participatory democracy by equals, that participants are experts by experience. Everyone has a stake in the future, but they often lack the opportunity to express themselves and share important decisions. This work has assumed greater importance in Scotland, because citizen involvement is high on the agenda.

Open Futures facilitates large group processes for 20 to 500 people who want to work on future issues, actions and priorities. As the leading large group facilitator in Scotland, we are able to customise an event around your organisation's requirements. We use proven processes that produce tangible outcomes, generating commitment and ownership from participants through real time, transparent and total participation.

Large group processes can be designed to bring diverse stakeholders together to learn from one another and share good practice, especially developing ways to work together in partnership. Open Futures plans, facilitates and reports events. We help the planning team create an invitation, identify the right participants and visit proposed venues. We facilitate the event and write-up outputs for dissemination within 48 hours and, if requested, assist sponsors with post event implementation of outcomes.

Geographic Focus: Scotland

Resource Link: www.openfutures.com

Kerry Napuk

k@napuk.demon.co.uk

0131-668-4377

10 West Savile Road

Edinburgh

EH16 5NG

United Kingdom

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