The theme frames the Open Space experience for participants. The theme frames the story of the event. The theme helps participants “know what it means.”
The theme is essential for sense making at the level of the individual and group.
The theme is always framed as as a question such as “How Can We Help Each Other?” or “Why Agile Now?”
The theme must be wide enough to handle diverse topics and narrow enough to clearly frame the experience for participants.
The theme is an important structural element of the overall experience design.