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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!

 

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Pierre Paris added a discussion to the group AoH francophone
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Atelier "AOH, au- delà des fondamentaux: Leadership et co-création"

Notre réseau francophone de l’Art of Hosting, né en 2010, compte déjà plus de 220 membres qui ont été initiés à cet « art d’accueillir les conversations qui comptent » et qui participent ainsi, chacun à leur manière, au mouvement mondial d’expansion des pratiques d’intelligence collective. Ressentant le besoin d’approfondir notre pratique et de cultiver notre posture « d’hôte », nous avons commencé depuis 2013 à organiser des ateliers de perfectionnement ouverts à tout facilitateur…See More
18 hours ago
Tim Bonnemann replied to Tim Bonnemann's discussion 'Online Facilitation Unconference 2014' in the group Online Hosting
"Thanks, will do! "
20 hours ago
Tim Bonnemann replied to Tim Bonnemann's discussion 'Online Facilitation Unconference 2014' in the group Online Hosting
"Oooh, I'd like to learn more. Let's connect! Let's unscatter the internet.  ;-) Tim "
20 hours ago
Ria Baeck replied to Tim Bonnemann's discussion 'Online Facilitation Unconference 2014' in the group Online Hosting
"Tom, not sure if I told you already - or if you are doing it already - but to announce things like this it might be good to use the AoH Facebook group and/or the emaillist. Not many people read recent posted messages here."
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George Por replied to Tim Bonnemann's discussion 'Online Facilitation Unconference 2014' in the group Online Hosting
"Congratulations, Tim, for doing this! It was 30 years ago when I organized the first online unconference on the topic of facilitating in virtual spaces, (and many others since then). There's a huge body of three decades of accumulated…"
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Tim Bonnemann added a discussion to the group Online Hosting
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Online Facilitation Unconference 2014

Hi there,We're doing another online unconference on the topic of facilitating in virtual spaces. Sessions are starting tomorrow (Friday, 10/24) and will go through Saturday evening (mid-day on Sunday in Sydney).The first two sessions on the schedule are:Blind Leading the Blind - I want to be a better phone conference facilitator! Help!Exploring Online Facilitation / Mediation / Conflict Transformation Using Web-conferencing technologiesBoth will run in parallel and start at 9am Pacific (12pm…See More
yesterday
Howard Stanten posted a blog post

Build a Circle and They Will Come…

Regardless of where on the spectrum of formal structure a present day meeting may lie, a simple yet powerful assumption most often hangs in the shadows:  “Silence means consent!”  These words are specifically spelled out in Robert’s Rules of Order.  Even meetings that take place with far less structure and order tend to make this assumption.“Anyone have anything to add? Any further comments?…..(silence)… Good then, it’s decided…..”   The leader smiles and nods.  The formal meeting adjourns.  …See More
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Martin Buechele is now friends with Stien Michiels and Peter Brattinga
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What to observe when planning an AoH event for a large group? 3 Replies

Dear AoH friends, I may get the chance to plan an AoH based event for a large group of people (background: to define community needs across 3 countries).What are in your experience the preconditions…Continue

Started by Picker Ruth in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Oct 15.

A kind of World Café with sets of AI moments for 300 people in a traditional amphitheatre with chairs fixed to the ground 2 Replies

Hello dear colleagues,Next week I will facilitate two workshops, each one for about 300 people. Each workshop is designed mostly based on cross-pollination of ideas. A framework similar to a mixture…Continue

Tags: people, traditional, amphitheatre, 300, for

Started by Arturo Uscategui in Problems? Help?. Last reply by Arturo Uscategui Oct 12.

Description of Appreciative Inquiry 2 pages 1 Reply

From the emaillist, Sept.'14:Hosters.I'm looking of a good, short 1-2 page description of Appreciative Inquiry. With some description of:- What is it? - When is it helpful?- How does one do it?Not so…Continue

Tags: description, inquiry, appreciative

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Thomas Jäger Sep 29.

Cyber hosting tips

From the emaillist, Sept.'14:Hey friends,I am cyber hosting a 4 hour event for an OSU Leadership team next month and looking for technology tips.I have done this a couple times in the past - with a…Continue

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Sep 18.

Blog Posts

Build a Circle and They Will Come…

Regardless of where on the spectrum of formal structure a present day meeting may lie, a simple yet powerful assumption most often hangs in the shadows:  “Silence means consent!”  These words are specifically spelled out in Robert’s Rules of Order.  Even meetings that take place with far less structure and order tend to make this assumption.

“Anyone have anything to add? Any further comments?…..(silence)… Good then, it’s…

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Posted by Howard Stanten on October 23, 2014 at 8:11pm

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

 
 
 

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