In 2020, an extended period of social distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic thrust the WPI community into an unfamiliar scenario. Unable to meet face-to-face, virtual meetings became a norm. But that efficient and much-needed technology couldn’t replicate what so many started to really miss—spontaneously running into friends and colleagues on campus.
In Open Space meetings, there’s no set agenda, no listed talking points, and participants contributing as they choose, coming and going as they wish. This intentional, yet unplanned, structure creates a psychologically safe space to share ideas and gives each participant equal status.
WPI's Open Space folks use Qiqo for the Open Space events for engagement/chat/etc.