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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

Eva Seebacher and Thomas Jäger are now friends
20 minutes ago
Lyda Michopoulou joined Ria Baeck's group

AoH Belgium

We will have a first day with AoH practitioners based in Belgium (speaking French, Flemish or English) - April 2, 2011.
15 hours ago
Lyda Michopoulou 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
18 hours ago
Ria Baeck posted a discussion

articles on Collective Impact

From the AoH emaillist, early Spring 2014:Greetings, A friend just showed me this article on approaches to cross-sector coordination -- which reminds me (at first blush) of the teach on core teams that Tuesday and Tim just gave at the Beyond the Basics in Columbus. "The social sector is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts.…See More
20 hours ago
Ursula Hillbrand joined Pawa's group

Business Planning for AoH

Please share key market research, findings & other business planning gems that are applicable to the art of hosting.See More
22 hours ago
Daniela Simionescu is now friends with daniela terrile, Martin Buechele and Rainer v. Leoprechting
22 hours ago
Lyda Michopoulou is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Helen Titchen Beeth replied to Helen Titchen Beeth's discussion 'Harvesting from the field' in the group Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions
"Here's an overview of the story of participatory leadership at the European Commission dated February 2014..."


Articles on Collective Impact (and developmental evaluation)

From the AoH emaillist, early Spring 2014:Greetings, A friend just showed me this article on approaches to cross-sector coordination -- which reminds me (at first blush) of the teach on core teams…Continue

Tags: cross-sector, evaluation, developmental, impact, collective

Started by Ria Baeck in Resources and Research 20 hours ago.

Articles on collaborative leadership 2 Replies

From the email list...Hello friends…I am involved in a project where we are bringing a very participatory, AoH/learning journey/Theory U approach to a complex set of problems here in BC.  The project…Continue

Tags: participatory, emergent, articles, leadership

Started by Amanda Fenton in Resources and Research. Last reply by Vincent De Waele Apr 10.

Digital Collective Mindmapping 1 Reply

We are in a couple of weeks hosting an event with 300 engineering students. During this event we have planned a world café with the aim to start forming a common vision. We would like to collect the…Continue

Started by Fanny Norlin in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Mar 25.

Harvest Website from AoH training in Education, Lithuania

Sharing a post from the email list from James Ede:__________________________Hi Friends,We're excited to share with you the harvest website from the recent AoH training / strategic conversation around…Continue

Tags: weebly, harvest, Lithuania, education

Started by Amanda Fenton in Harvests from AoH trainings Mar 5.

Blog Posts

Keeping the flame alive

For many of us, once past the initial woaw of discovering participatory leadership, there comes a time when we despair to make it work - because we soon find out that the rest of the world hasn't caught up with us yet.

Keeping the flame alive is not an easy task, and yet we need to do it because it is the only way forward.

Soon or later, our efforts will pay - we just need to hang on and make sure we're still around when they do.

Here are some…


Posted by François Thunus on March 29, 2014 at 6:52am — 1 Comment

Fully EU funded courses for education staff: Apply before March 17!

Dear colleagues,

do you wish to learn new facilitation or management skills in an international setting?

Allow yourself and the staff of your education organization to inspire and refresh yourselves, your teaching and your collaboration, funded by the new EU Programme Erasmus+:

Team-Strategy: A facilitated strategy-retreat for the future of your organization. For teams from 2 to 8 members.

14th January to 18th January…


Posted by Boris Goldammer on March 5, 2014 at 4:00pm


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