Open Space Forum
Imagine a New Zealand where all Muslims are included and able to flourish. What do we need to do to get there?
This will be New Zealand’s first ever Muslim community Open Space Forum. Open Space is a unique community gathering focused on future thinking. It is a facilitation technique where a community comes together to share, discuss and clarify its priorities around a key big question/s. The forum follows a structured format with an experienced and skilled facilitator who creates a welcoming, inclusive and safe space to share.
Independent Facilitator for the weekend: Margaret Jefferies
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For catering purposes please register your interest in attending this event at https://muslimevents.nz/ by 28 August 2019.
What is Open Space Forum (OSF)?
Open Space is a facilitation technique where a community comes together to share, discuss and clarify its priorities around a key big question. The question is intentionally big and broad to allow many ideas to flow and develop. The forum follows a structured format with an experienced and skilled facilitator who creates a welcoming, inclusive and safe space to share.
Why is this event needed?
March 15th was one of the darkest days in New Zealand's history, yet the support and attention that the Muslim community received after March 15th was unlike anything ever before. The response from New Zealanders moved Muslims more centrally into New Zealand society. The OSF is aimed at helping the Muslim community of Christchurch to think how it can maximise the opportunities that exist to retain this more central position and to grow and flourish.
Why should you attend?
This event has been tailored for the Muslim community of Christchurch. All members of the Muslim community who would like to participate are welcome to attend. Participation is key to the success of the event. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard and to contribute your thinking.
Who is running this event?
This event has been led by members of the Muslim community and supported by Christchurch City Council, Office of Ethnic Communities, Rata Foundation and the Ministry of Social Development.
What action will follow?
At the end of the weekend a document will be prepared that will capture the thinking, key commu nity priorities and agreed upon actions. This will form a useful reference document for the commu nity in moving forward and engaging with key groups interacting with the community (e.g. funding agencies, government etc.). This will be emailed out to participants on the Sunday evening at the conclusion of the event.
Can I discuss an idea I have?
Yes. This event is designed as a platform for you to share your ideas and for you to have a voice. All ideas that are shared will have a chance to be discussed.
Transport and Parking
Parking spaces around the venue may be limited on the days due to sports events. We encourage you to car pool or to use public transport (Buses: Yellow line, Purple Line, 80, 86 and 87). If you require transport to get to the event please contact us.