Interactively learn with industry leaders
Tackle business challenges with others just like you
Get inspired to take your
business to the next level
All hemp entrepreneurs and enthusiasts should have a place to connect, share ideas, and grow
Sadly, the pandemic has kept us apart, making it more challenging than ever to find and collaborate with fellow hempsters in real time.
Does this scenario sound familiar?
Searching for answers on the web is time-consuming and has you running in circles.
In-person conferences are great but infrequent, leaving you isolated the rest of the year.
Webinars can be unengaging, and don't always address your specific issues.
We have a solution: Hemp OpenSpace
We're offering a better way to connect with people who share your passion for hemp
We are OpenSpace Gatherings™, the team behind Hemp OpenSpace. We are committed to making the world a better place by supporting industries that nurture our communities and our planet. We understand the challenges you face in finding a vibrant, real-time community of hempsters who share the same level of passion and investment in hemp as you do. We are experts in building thriving communities where people connect, learn, share, and grow.
Our team has collectively hosted over 200 community-building OpenSpace events online
People rate us highly:
4.7 out of 5 stars
Participants from 47 countries around the world have benefited from our events
Step into conversation with these industry leaders at the January 19, 2022 Hemp OpenSpace
Doug Fine is a New Mexico-based bestselling author, regenerative hemp farmer and solar-powered goat herder. His latest book, American Hemp Farmer...
CALIFORNIA HEMP COUNCIL
Patrick Goggin is a 26 year practicing, solo attorney based in San Francisco and serves as chief counsel forthe California Hemp Council (CHC). He has waged battle on the legal...
Industry Leaders at previous Hemp OpenSpace events include:
Frederick Cawthon, Board member of U.S. Hemp Roundtable and President of Verge Agritech
Hana Gabrielová, Founder/ Executive of Hempoint
Christian Gray, Partner at Atlas Consulting
Mike Lewis, President of the Hemp Industries Association
Franny Tacy, CEO of Franny's Farmacy
What makes Hemp OpenSpace so special?
It's all about the interactivity
At Hemp OpenSpace, your event facilitation experts ensure everyone leaves with new ideas, new connections, and renewed energy for action.
Gain actionable insights from industry leaders and peers
Build your network with valuable connections
Collaborate with others to solve your toughest challenges
Because you set the agenda, you
discuss what matters to you
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"The best way to interact and get all information you need, ask questions and get the answers, and meet and mingle with different people from around the globe."
How does Hemp OpenSpace work?
Wondering how Hemp OpenSpace events work?
Let's walk through the process, step by step.
1) Register for the next Hemp OpenSpace
We'll send you an email message that you can click to add to your online calendar. That message will include all the information you'll need to join the event from your computer:
Date and Time
Link to log in
Pre-event instructions, including technical tips to ensure everything runs smoothly
2) Log on at the appointed time
After a brief wait, you'll be invited to click to enter the event. The event hosts will welcome all the participants, introduce themselves, tell you what to expect, and go over the community agreements we'll all follow to ensure everyone enjoys the event.
3) Participate in an opening activity
Hosts will facilitate an interactive icebreaker to limber up your mind, prime you for collaboration, and practice using the tools you'll need to navigate the day's event.
4) Meet the Experts
A handful of experts will each make a brief pitch for a short interactive conversation focused on their area of expertise. You'll choose which expert/topic you want to pursue, and click to enter their session. You can move between sessions at your leisure. You'll see a countdown as the sessions are closing, and will be transported back to the main room automatically.
5) Regroup / React / Rejuvenate
Back in the main room, participants will be invited to share feedback and insights from the sessions they attended. We'll all take a short break, then gather for another brief group activity to limber up for the participant-generated breakout sessions.
6) Generate Topics
Hosts will facilitate a brainstorming session that invites participants to suggest questions or challenges they'd like to address and/or offer advice on lessons they've learned through experience. We’ll create a breakout room for each topic, and explain how to move from one room to another.
7) Choose Your Own Adventure
You decide where to start, how to engage, when to leave, and where to go next. If at any time you find yourself in a room where you are not learning or contributing, go somewhere else. If you need technical assistance, a quiet room, or some private space for an impromptu conversation, you'll find places to do that. As the breakout sessions are coming to an end, you'll see a countdown before being transported back to the main room.
8) Give Reviews / Say Good-bye
We'll gather once again as a large group for a quick debrief. You'll be asked to review the event by participating in a painless poll to solicit your honest feedback. We'll compile contact information to distribute among those who wish to share it, and we'll all say good-bye. Your feedback will be used to improve future events, which you'll be invited to join.
Who makes Hemp OpenSpace events work?
Eric Steenstra is a hemp industry pioneer, co-founding hemp clothing and lifestyle brand Ecolution with Steve DeAngelo in 1992. Eric was a founding member of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and served as Executive Director from 2008 to 2016. Eric now serves as the president of Vote Hemp, the political advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2000 and Vice President of the California Hemp Council.
Reggie has held key leadership positions at prominent Silicon Valley companies including Google and Dropbox. He is on the faculty of the esteemed Leela Improv Theatre and Training Center where he specializes in helping people collaborate creatively and effectively. Reggie holds a degree in Computer Science along with a focus on East Asian Languages and Culture from Harvard University.
Mallory has produced live virtual events for organizations spanning various industries including Genentech, New York Life, California State University, and Kaiser Permanente. Her experience as a stage manager ensures every production runs smoothly every time. She sees play as essential to optimal organizational effectiveness. Mallory holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies.
Greg has held senior leadership roles in sales and global marketing in Consumer Tech and Media & Entertainment. He is passionate about building businesses and teams and has a track record of outstanding results and successful career mentorship. Greg holds degrees in business and computer science from SUNY Geneseo and an MBA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.