A quick thought after we have started to invite the group to contribute ideas (being collated here) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1olLYDIGkunaYkcn1A3lLVM4qbAUPpvIVQKxaQWMLVnM/edit
As we discover how the process is working, if we were to describe this process it might be something like Open Space to Closed Collective.
We are allowing people to come together around their passions and interests. We are inviting in difference by keeping the door as wide open as possible. So whilst it’s not guaranteed it is much more likely to see new collaborations, new relationships and new ideas.
Also by running a process like this means we are keeping the outlook as open as possible – and gives us a golden opportunity to influence the work before it begins, introducing data, research and learning in a way that helps whatever happens see the wider context in which they are working. So learning becomes baked in from the start.
We are coming up towards the end of the Open Space stage. In the next, Closed Collective stage, we will support the group to think about subjects such as where their focus will be, how they will communicate, how they will make decisions. At the end of this the £40,000 funding will be ready for the group to get going.