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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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Principles, values, heuristics... 4 Replies

From the emaillist, May 2015.Dear AoH colleagues, During the writing of my dissertation I sought to develop a list of principles and values that reflect both an Art of Hosting and relational…Continue

Tags: heuristics, values, principles

Started by Ria Baeck in Exciting New Developments. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jun 8.

harvesting from one event to the next... 1 Reply

from the emaillist, June 2015:Friends,I am hosting a short series of World Cafe sessions where the topics/questions between the sessions do not change, but the attendees do. This was a choice made by…Continue

Tags: Café, complexity, sensemaking, World, harvest

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jun 8.

A path between Chaos and Chamos?? 1 Reply

from the emaillist, May 2015:Dear friends! I’ve been following the threads of many interesting conversations here on the list. I think this is the first time I will jump into this well of abundance…Continue

Tags: constellations, Systemic, chaos, chamos, Process

Started by Ria Baeck in Exciting New Developments. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jun 1.

Complexity and the Cynefin Framework - learnings for AoH - AoPL 4 Replies

Copied over from the Facebook group, March 2015:Really interesting keynote by Dave Snowden on Complexity and the Cynfin Framework - Definitely challenges some of the methodological frames that often…Continue

Tags: process, safe, Open, Space, fail

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Apr 15.

Blog Posts

8 Team Building Exercises for Adults

You must be aware of the fact that team building activities are highly important to enhance the productivity of a workforce. Unless a team is able to connect, it is difficult for them to reach out to each other with problems or queries. Therefore, an organization should concentrate on effective and fun team building activities that are effective both in terms of budget and time.

In fact, corporate team building…


Posted by Eric Danielson on June 18, 2015 at 8:00am

The Way Forward


In the Engagement Circles and World Cafes I facilitate, a recurring pattern is emerging.  This pattern is a weave of two threads.  The first thread carries with it the desire we have to bring our humanity to our organizations and our work…


Posted by Howard Stanten on April 9, 2015 at 10:18am


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