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

Ria Baeck replied to Petronella Tyson's discussion 'How to hold a conversation that matters'
"Hello Petronella, thanks for your contribution here!But I have to tell you that it would reach more people when you would post this (also) on the AoH Facebook group and/or in the emaillist.With love,Ria"
Petronella Tyson posted a discussion

How to hold a conversation that matters

Dear all,I wanted to share this new resource put together by Patrick Ozwalski (Outrageous Impact) and myself 'workshopped' and wrote last year (download free here)This was the output from our event after the Brexit vote when we brought together Leave and Remain voters to discuss:'How Might We build peace and a shared prosperity…See More
Rainer v. Leoprechting and marek wysoczynski are now friends
Miora E Randrianantenaina is now a member of The Art of Hosting
faruk hossain posted a blog post
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Apr 20
Charlie Peverett joined Rowan's group


We welcome AoH practitioners living and working in the UK. Please share invitations, harvests and questions that has come from your training or your practice.See More
Apr 20


How to hold a conversation that matters 1 Reply

Dear all,I wanted to share this new resource put together by Patrick Ozwalski (Outrageous Impact) and myself 'workshopped' and wrote last year …Continue

Started by Petronella Tyson in Community of Practice. Last reply by Ria Baeck yesterday.

Starting by asking a favour . . . . 2 Replies

I've hardly been allowed into this group before I start asking for favours . .  . . First, I'm greatly honoured to be in the Group. I attended an AoH just outside Budapest in January and it was…Continue

Started by Michael Ashworth in Problems? Help?. Last reply by Michael Ashworth Mar 21.

Bringing Divided People Together 2 Replies

We gathered a dozen facilitators from the IAF to explore how to unite people. These keen observers of human…Continue

Tags: #dialogue, #reconnecting, #buildingbridges

Started by Jeffer London in The Art of Invitation. Last reply by Jeffer London Mar 20.

Searching for inspiring venues in Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona 1 Reply

Hi my dears!!Im looking for inspiring places in #Amsterdam, #Berlin and #Barcelona to organise different modules in each city of the first Next:pedition LAB of #dwarfsandgiants, which seeks to…Continue

Started by Monica Expositor Blasco in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Feb 8.


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