Knowmads Hanoi Learning Community

Posted By on Apr 2, 2016 | 12 comments


Written by Hailey Chang (Knowmads Hanoi Team 5)

The Knowmads community is a place for people from all walks of life to come together to learn with, and from each other. We all have different talents and experiences to offer, and a desire to grow.

With a strong call to create a co-learning community, Chim from Knowmads Hanoi Team 3 decided to get the ball rolling. As a result, Team 5 participants, alumni and facilitators gathered at Lassi café on March 24 to explore one question:

What do we want to learn, and what do we want to teach?

 The meeting was done with Open Space Technology (OST), which is a methodology created by Harrison Owen. There’s a story behind it, too. Prior to the invention of OST, Owen spent months organizing a conference, and when it actually happened, he realized that the part that the participants enjoyed the most was the coffee breaks when conversations flow freely. That was when it clicked all he needed to do was to provide a space for people to exchange ideas.

 In OST, there’s a marketplace for people who feel called to initiate conversations to write down their ideas and choose a time and a place, and participants can choose to join any conversation. There are multiple rounds of conversations.

The market place

Below are the roles, principles and law of OST:

  • Caller: someone who feels passionate about a topic that he/she wants to call
  • Participant: someone who joins the caller for a conversation
  • Bumble bee: someone who wants to jump from conversation to conversation, possibly cross-pollinating and bringing different ideas from one table to the next
  • Butterfly: someone who doesn’t feel called to join any conversation and just hangs around. Sometimes the best conversation happens between a group of butterflies!
  • Whoever comes are the right people
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • When it’s over, it’s over

The law of 2 feet: when one feels that he/she is not contributing to or learning from a conversation, it’s his/her responsibility to walk away

Introducing roles

We did 3 rounds of conversations on that night, with topics ranging from “Living A Healthy, Green and Compassionate Life“, “Sketching“, “Swimming“, “How to Design A Workshop“, “How to Stop Procrastinating“, to “How to Make People Feel Special About Themselves” and “Coaching“, etc.

 At the end after all the rounds, the conversations narrowed down to only a few, with one already put into practice! One week after the kickstart of the Knowmads learning community, Narayan already hosted a workshop on “How to Design and Host A Workshop” at Bluebirds Nest Café.

 The meeting served as an official launch of the learning community, where everyone feels empowered to call for events that they’re passionate about. As a co-host of the event, I felt very grateful to be a part of this community. We hope there’ll be more workshops and awesome events organized by inspired learners soon!

If you wanna be a part of this cool learning community, please follow us on FacebookWebsiteInstagram, join our mailing list by putting your email address in the form at website footer, write to us or join our coming events.

Check out more photos of the meetup in Flickr album

Presenting outcome of the conversations



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