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

Isabelle Mahy commented on Chris Corrigan's group 'Creating some theory'
"Hi everyone, Sara mentioned our backbone and our theory, which is the way to inquire. Let me just add a thinking process clue before looking for some hidden theory.  We have to know where we are speaking from, in other words, we must know where…"
11 hours ago
Isabelle Mahy joined Chris Corrigan's group

Creating some theory

A group to look at trying to understand what works about participatory practice for groups and the four fold practice for individuals.  See More
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Isabelle Mahy updated their profile
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James Wallace updated their profile
Mary Alice Arthur updated an event

The Virtual Story Dojo at Online, times are Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco)

January 20, 2015 at 10:30am to July 7, 2015 at 12:30am
Join us online for an intensive and joyful exploration into taking back the power of your story.  Happening online wherever you are and beginning on 20 January 2015, The Virtual Story Dojo is co-hosted by Mary Alice Arthur and Amy Lenzo.  7 online sessions, 6 optional coaching sessions5 amazing guests + 2 fabulous hostsA personal team supporting your journeyA community dedicated to storyThe Virtual Story Dojo is a place where you can step into the art and practice of story with others. Whether…See More
Mary Alice Arthur posted events
Stefan Groenendal joined Frauke Godat's group

AoH in Education

Exchange on how to practice AoH in schools, the education system, non-formal education, etc.
Profile IconLarna Campbell, Munyaradzi Makari and Lynne Betts joined The Art of Hosting


I've been having a think

Hi thereI've been having a think.I’ve been thinking about whether or not I express the qualities that I’d like the government and the corporations in our world to express, Asking myself if I’m a…Continue

Started by Lucy Fleetwood in Questions meet wisdom on Monday.

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.

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…


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…

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


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