Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Open Space Workshop & Free-Flowing Formats

Unfortunately, I missed being a fly on the wall at yesterday's Open Space Workshop at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond (sadly, I had succumbed a stomach bug, thanks to my loving children). One attendee responded that this was the most helpful workshop he had ever attended. NICE! Rather than following a set agenda and positioning experts at the front of the classroom with attendees playing a more passive role, this format was much more free-flowing and interactive. More work on the part of the attendees, for sure, but also more engaging and, well, social (for lack of a better term). These days, networking meetups and "open" concept professional development help to blur the line between networking and professional development. Indeed, do we need to make a sharp distinction? Both professional networking and skill development are critical to a healthy and vibrant career, after all.
Have you been involved in a recent networking group, meetup, or professional development experience that you have found energizing to both your career network and your career knowledge? If so, we'd love to hear about it here! As for VAM, I don't think we've seen the last of "Open Space" workshops! 
*Note: our generous facilitators, Melissa and Jim York, FoxHedge LTD, donated their time for our recent workshop. Thank you Melissa and Jim!

 - Heather

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