We provide full design, technical support and facilitation of online participatory conferences and rich interactivity high diversity stakeholder dialogues
Who we are:
We are a group of experienced facilitators and coaches who have operated in the fields of VUCA and complexity for many years. Many of us have been working virtually for the last 5 or so years, and have extensive experience of running online interactive meetings. We are familiar with the online tools that work for this, with processes and etiquette which encourage complete engagement and good communication. From our experience not many people can facilitate genuine conversations that matter, putting participants at the centre, interactively, and do so online.
While there are many tools out there for “communicating” virtually, most are one-way (e.g. webinars). Even if they allow responses, those responses rarely influence the minds of the presenters, in a way that genuine conversation can. What we specialise in are not simply running effective communications (we can do that too) but in enabling rich peer to peer interactivity in the exchanges, and we do that online “face to face” with a combination of video technology and other online collaborative tools.
Open 2 Flow was founded by François Knuchel in 2001 with a view of opening the flow of communication and of interactions in organisations while elimiting waste and toxicity. François has 40+ years as a facilitator and trainer with specialities in lean business design, intercultural management and new leadership paradigms. He enjoys working in a hands-on, pragmatic and intuitive way with people on the ground doing the work. He is one of Europe’s leading experts on sociocracy, a participatory governance approach that is being increasingly adopted in advanced organisations. His favourite complexity participatory social technology, however, is Open Space. François learned his trade working in Japan for the auto industry, gaining experience of self-managing teams and quality circles.
The Online Tools we use
Technically, depending on the requirement, we use a combination of collaboration tools like:
- Zoom Conferencing
- Google Docs suite
- Google Drive
- and many more
Our expertise lies in how we combine those tools, using self-organising principles, to enable genuine participant-led conversations. Our experience is with running liberating meetings and conferences that do not suck, but are highly engaging, and we now do that now online.
The methodologies we draw from are predominantly from:
- Open Space Technology
- Agile Principles
- Beyond Budgeting / Vanguard
- Lean-flow Systems thinking
- Imago Connectivity
- Reinvention skills
- U-Theory / Bohm Dialogue
While we are based in the UK, the service being online we can run it internationally. We are connected to many networks and facilitators around the world who can facilitate and teach online interactive meetings and conversations, so where appropriate we also refer clients to one of our associates, possibly closer to where you are. Please therefore give a description of what specifically your needs are in the form so we can make a judgement whether to pursue this ourselves or refer onwards.