I'm back in London after a week of pure spaciousness in Cap Ferret with one of my favourite community minds and conversation partners - Charlotte Terrien. Space is magical, absorbing and expansive at the same time. So often, when I feel tired and static, the best cure is to take a step back and immerse myself in nature and conversations. The concept of space has been coming up in again and again in communities over the last year. In November, I shared the House of Beautiful Business stage with the fantastic Marcel Kampman. In his project Happyplaces, he investigates the dimensions and manifestations of space. He has recorded over 700 interviews asking his guests a simple, but immense question: "What does space mean to you?". With this project, he is investigating the motives, ideas, methods, opinions and insights in a quest to find all dimensions of space.
As people who bring people together, one of the fundamental questions we have to ask is what space is created by the dinner, gathering or workshop we host. This space defines not only the context in which guests come together, but the quality of interaction between each other and themselves. In other words, the meaning of a gathering is dependent of how much space for change we have designed for.
How are you creating space in your life? How are you creating space for others ?
PS: the picture above is by James Widegren