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 and Maria Teresa Romelyn G Fabugais are now friends
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marco valente commented on marco valente's event 'practitioners gathring in Malmö, 14 October'
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practitioners gathring in Malmö, 14 October at STPLN, Malmö

October 14, 2017 from 9am to 7pm
Welcome to learn together with practitioners from the Art of Hosting Community and beyond, and welcome others who work with participatory leadership, multi-stakeholder facilitation, and more. We are happy to welcome Tim Merry's Scandinavian tour in this open event. He is a steward of the Art of Hosting meaningful conversations community, and has worked over 20 years with complex change processes tapping into the needs of the communities intended to be served. We are gathering for a…See More
Maria Teresa Romelyn G Fabugais posted photos
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Tim Bonnemann replied to Tim Bonnemann's discussion 'Online Facilitation Unconference 2017' in the group Online Hosting
"Tickets for this event are now on sale: Hope to see you there!"
Maria Teresa Romelyn G Fabugais is now a member of The Art of Hosting
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Sep 13


On stewarding

from email exchanges, summer 2017:Toke Paludan Møller <> wrote:On the Art of stewarding.Friends, these are my reflections…Continue

Tags: stewardship, stewarding, steward

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Aug 8.

Open tenders for AoH trainings

From the emaillist, Aug.2017:Dear friends,This might be a bit of a strange request/question but it makes sense to me to place it here amongst this diverse group of stewards and matesHave you or How…Continue

Tags: collaboration, competition, tender

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Aug 7.

Self-management & public administration -> AoH practitioners as artists

A thread on the AoH emaillist that is worth keeping - many great topics were raised!!!!July 2017: Tatiana Glad <>…Continue

Tags: Laloux, Wilber, eurocentric, institutions, public

Started by Ria Baeck in Exciting New Developments Aug 2.

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 Apr 26.

Blog Posts


Ruta Jonuseviciute and I like to share the story how we got mates at a training and became buddygurads for each other using AoH Methods. We also found out some guidelines how to buddyguard each other so you never work alone.

Buddyguard Story


Did you ever come back from a training…


Posted by Andreas Giesen on November 27, 2016 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Bristol - listening city

I am keen to start a listening circle in Bristol (England).  Are there any Bristol based people who would like to join in?

Posted by Heather Anne on August 26, 2016 at 7:49am


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