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Open Space Discussion on Mental Health & Neurodiversity

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In this session, open to all, we’ll be discussing mental health, the mind, neurodiversity, and any other related themes addressed by A Mindful Mess 2018, via the ‘Open Space’ format. Come along and join a conversation… or sign up to start a conversation yourself!

What to expect

Conversations already proposed include mental health and food, NHS mental health services (proposed by a Doctor), post natal depression, mental health and young people, and the relationship between comedy / laughter and mental health. There will also be stalls and conversations hosted by local organisations My Time Active and Bromley By Bow Centre’s ‘Health Champion’ volunteers.

“Open Space” is a technique created by facilitation guru Harrison Owen, for running meetings where the participants create and manage the agenda themselves. Sessions can be for between five to 2000 plus people!

There are 5 ‘principles’ and ‘one law’ that describe – rather than control – the process of the meeting:

1. Whoever comes is the right people.

2. Whenever it starts is the right time.

3. Wherever it happens is the right place.

4. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.

5. When it’s over, it’s over

Owen’s one law – called the ‘Law of Two Feet’ (or ‘The Law of Mobility’ as a more ability inclusive term) – states that if at any time during the time together you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, go someplace else! In this way, all participants are given both the right and the responsibility to maximise their own learning and contribution, which the law assumes only they can ultimately judge and control. When participants lose interest and get bored in a breakout session, or accomplish and share all that they can, the charge is to move on. In practical terms this means: Don’t waste time!

Adapted from Mind Engagement Toolkit 2011 – Researched and written by Naomi Gay.


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