The Art of Hosting


Hosting is “an emerging set of practices for facilitating group conversations of all sizes, supported by principles that: maximize collective intelligence; welcome and listen to diverse viewpoints; maximize participation and civility; and transform conflict into creative cooperation.”



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Welcome to the Art of Hosting online Community

Welcome to the Art of Hosting Online Community Space!

This is a space for Art of Hosting practitioners around the world, created for and with you. We depend on your input and energy to make this a valuable place to keep coming back to. It is both a connection place and a place where you can deepen your practice by

  • Finding and posting great resources – we have a library of videos under Media, written materials under Resources
  • Asking questions, starting conversations and sharing experiences and stories – Conversations is the place for this
  • Starting or joining a group with a focus – we have local, regional and language Groups, groups from specific trainings, as well a wide variety of special interest groups
  • Posting a notice of your upcoming AoH Events in the community calendar
  • Creating your own page and harvesting your experience by writing a blog
  • Share your stories of how you have created value with the AoH on the story map

We value conversations that matter. If you’re new to the Art of Hosting or to the idea of an online Community of Practice, please have a look at the etiquette guiding our online space. If you need technical support with using this Ning, check the FAQ page, which has detailed instructions. Please help us to keep this site intentional by respecting that it is not an open social networking site or the place to promote yourself or activities not linked with the Art of Hosting.

There are plenty of great people, great initiatives and great resources to explore here – welcome!


Latest Activity

Nancy Bragard replied to Pierre Paris's discussion '6ème AOH francophone en Octobre' in the group AoH francophone
"Nous sommes déjà la rentrée!...  et ce message vient vous rappeler  que notre communauté Art of Hosting organise son 6ème atelier francophone,  du 16 au 18 Octobre .  Cet atelier s’adresse…"
20 hours ago
Violette Ruppanner commented on Rowan's event 'AoH Applied Practice Course Online'
"Hello, what is the engagement in terms of resources (financial, time/availability) needed to attend the course? Thanks in advance!"
20 hours ago
Shannon is now a member of The Art of Hosting
22 hours ago
Austeja Zvaginyte joined Magda Barceló's group

Art of Hosting through Play

Welcome to participants of the Art of Hosting through Play, on its first edition at Mas Fontarnau, Vic, Spain!! (6-9 June 2013)See More
Austeja Zvaginyte joined Agota Eva Ruzsa's group

AoH in Central and Eastern Europe

This is a group to hold a virtual space for people interested in AoH and Dialogue practice in countries along the Danube region.See More
Marina Minari posted an event

The art of hosting conversations that matters at Espaço Arco-íris

September 29, 2014 at 6pm to October 3, 2014 at 7pm
How to host conversations that are more meaningful and generate important results in the environments in which we operate? The meeting is the experience. It is in the experience that we develop the art. The art is everything that textbooks do not teach. The current challenges are complex. In a context of uncertainty, the solutions we need to find depend on involvement, integrity, co-creation and collective intelligence.Description:We will diving in five days of conversations, experiences,…See More
Tim Merry posted an event

AoH Beyond the Basics Europe at Yarnfield, UK

July 8, 2015 at 9am to July 10, 2015 at 3:30pm
This is a 3 day retreat for seasoned leaders and audacious change makers. The scope, complexity and scale of work we are being asked to engage with continues to grow. Now is the time to gather, take breath and learn together.HOW CAN WE SUSTAIN DEPTH WITH THE INCREASING SCALE, BREADTH AND COMPLEXITY OF OUR WORK?HOW CAN SHIFTING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF POWER REDEFINE HOW WE ENGAGE IN CHANGE?HOW CAN WE PRACTICE FRIENDSHIP AS A CRITICAL STRATEGIC PILLAR FOR SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION?We will be learning…See More
Cheryl Kartes updated their profile


art of hosting Ireland

Dear friends,  You are invited to ‘A Gathering of Hosts' - a simple, open space in a beautiful place in Dublin on the 24th of September for people who practice the arts of hosting.  A few of us are…Continue

Started by Linda Joy Mitchell in Questions meet wisdom on Wednesday.

Doing introductions with over 200 people

From the AoH emaillist, summer 2014:Hi all,I have a client that is a network organization for folks across the country (US) doing innovative policy work on education. When they started having…Continue

Tags: questions, passion, games, nametags, intorductions

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Jul 30.

Mahone Bay May 15 to 18 2014

I'd be curious to talk with anyone who attended the conference in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, May 15 to 18 of this year.Thank you.Continue

Started by Jon Waddell in Questions meet wisdom Jul 11.

When are we in complexity?

Copied over from the email list, July 2014:Hi All, Recently a client said to me "We know we are facing increasing complexity. That's not our problem. What we really need to know is how to deal with…Continue

Tags: emergent, adaptive, management, polarity, cynefin

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Jul 2.

Blog Posts

Invitation to Transformative Meetings Workshop - New York and Vancouver

Wanted to share this invitation with you all as the early bird pricing for New York is ending this Friday August 22nd and the registration for Vancouver is now open for…

Posted by Amanda Fenton on August 20, 2014 at 3:55am


Midsummer eve in Amsterdam,
Third day of AoH at Knowmads. Enjoying the learnings!

Posted by Olivier Winghart on June 20, 2014 at 3:02am


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