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

Laure Delmas and Martin Skulec are now friends
15 hours ago
Karen Johnston is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Rainer v. Leoprechting joined Agota Eva Ruzsa's group

AoH in Central and Eastern Europe

This is a group to hold a virtual space for people interested in AoH and Dialogue practice in countries along the Danube region.See More
Feb 23
Daniel Young updated their profile
Feb 23
Daniel Young is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Feb 22
Chris Sallquist updated their profile
Feb 14
Profile IconChris Sallquist and Catalina Ramirez joined The Art of Hosting
Feb 14
Nancy Bragard updated an event

Art of Participatory Leadership ... brought online! at online

March 17, 2021 at 3pm to March 20, 2021 at 1pm
"How can we exercise our leadership, in these troubled times, to collaboratively foster the growth of meaningful organizations?"The AoPL practices explored and discovered together over these 4 half-days will reveal to us how we can best leverage our personal and collective leadership; how we can engage others and collaboratively foster the growth of the organisations that we serve and that we'd like to see emerge constructively from their transformative journey. We will be working with the…See More
Feb 12


Online Manual 1 Reply

I am trying to find a post that had this document attached to it:Online AoH Manual CoCreation Practices for Meaningful Participat…gement V1.0.pdf.htmlI believe it was sent out in may and it did not…Continue

Started by Pamela Barit Nolan in Resources and Research. Last reply by Ria Baeck Aug 16, 2020.

Digital meetings following Coronovirus - what is needed for success?

Hello all, As we transition into a world with a more limited ability to meet in person due to Coronovirus, I wanted to tap back into the Art of Hosting network for ideas or suggestions of virtual…Continue

Started by Gill Cassar in Questions meet wisdom Mar 2, 2020.

AOH Training for Social Innovation Labs tentative Proposal 3 Replies

I wasn't sure where to post this and I'm not sure it qualifies as exciting new developments but here goes...I've been researching and networking within the social innovations lab scene and I've found…Continue

Tags: labs, innovation, social

Started by Phil Long in Exciting New Developments. Last reply by Sebastian Gottschlich Apr 9, 2019.

Art of Hosting and organisations

From the email list, starting late 2018:On Dec 20, 2018, at 2:43 AM, Monica Nissen <> wrote: And I still have a working assumption that the four-fold practise is…Continue

Tags: education, systems, organisations

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Jan 7, 2019.

Blog Posts

AOH Training for Practitioners of Social Innovation Labs: a tentative Proposal

Well as the last blog post seems to date back to 2016 I thought I'd add my little piece here too...if only to keep thing current!

I've been researching and networking within the social innovations lab scene and I've found that they tend to rather insular and poor at sharing 'best practice' (i.e. stuff that they have found works) between each other. There are several possible solutions to this but such as developing a stronger sharing culture within and between communities…


Posted by Phil Long on March 11, 2019 at 11:29am


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 thinking, how can I share my learnings and reflect on what has…


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



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