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O&P Opens were first organised in the UK in 2010 as
informal meetings with a mixture of social time and roundtable
discussion. These were intended to be more structured than (yet another)
BDSM munch, and are in some ways similar to the regular meetings
organised by Masters and slaves Together in North America.
All of the Opens so far have followed the same format:
- 1-2pm, social time
- 2-5pm, roundtable discussion with break about 3:30-3:40pm
- 5pm onwards, social time and/or dinner in a nearby restaurant
For the roundtable discussion:
- People are invited to suggest discussion topics in the weeks ahead
of the Open.
- The chair makes a list of these to bring up, one by one, as each
topic's discussion comes to a natural end.
- Everyone sits round in one big circle or round all the tables
pushed in to the centre of the room.
- The chair welcomes everyone, outlines the format of the meeting,
and says the four Open Guidelines have been worked out based on previous
- The chair invites everyone, starting with themself, to say hello
one by one and if they want to say the name they're going by and
anyone they're here with. This lets people outline their relationships
if they're comfortable doing that.
- The chair then reads out the first
topic, and sits back once people start discussing it, only intervening
to steer people back to the guidelines if necessary, or to contribute to
the discussion topic personally.
- Give everyone a turn.
- One conversation at a time.
- Don't repeat specifics shared in the Open.
- State things about your relationship; but only ask about others.
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