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

brecht lefevere updated their profile
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Wayne Wei posted a group
2 hours ago
Wayne Wei updated their profile
2 hours ago
Profile IconWayne Wei and Lisa bleier joined The Art of Hosting
19 hours ago
Anne Christine Hagedorn commented on Rowan's group 'AoH Denmark'
"Her kommer hele den danske tekst :-) URBAN CO-CREATION 2640 CHARLOTTEKVARTERET Hvad nu, hvis de såkaldte udsatte boligområder i virkeligheden er en ressource og en nøgle til bæredygtig byudvikling, fremfor et…"
Anne Christine Hagedorn commented on Rowan's group 'AoH Denmark'
"URBAN CO-CREATION 2640 CHARLOTTEKVARTERET I am the co-author of a book on Urban co-creation in a social housing area in Denmark together with Martin Rosenkreutz Madsen and Anders Hagedorn - also Art of Hosting practitioners. The book tells the story…"
Annamaria Erdei added a discussion to the group Circle Practice

Opening of a regular, weekly circle practice space in Rixensart (Genval), Belgium.

InvitationIf you think you need a space where you feel safeWhere you can stop and breathe, and slow down, feel at home, in peacewithout time constrains and the hassle of everyday life, because it is SundayWhere you are listened toWhere you can share your gratitude and sorrow and everything else you wish toWhere you are accepted as you areWhere you can get back the deep connection with yourself and others, the natureWhere the respect of self, the other and the nature is a keywordWhere you can…See More
Annamaria Erdei joined Ria Baeck's group


AoH and The Circle Way in Civic Politics

From the emaillist, Sept.'14:Heather Plett wrote: I am on friendly terms with the front runner in the mayoral race in our city (Winnipeg) and I really want to have a conversation with her that might…Continue

Tags: sweden, 3.0, preists, politics, church

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom yesterday.

art of hosting Ireland

Dear friends,  You are invited to ‘A Gathering of Hosts' - a simple, open space in a beautiful place in Dublin on the 24th of September for people who practice the arts of hosting.  A few of us are…Continue

Started by Linda Joy Mitchell in Questions meet wisdom Aug 27.

Doing introductions with over 200 people

From the AoH emaillist, summer 2014:Hi all,I have a client that is a network organization for folks across the country (US) doing innovative policy work on education. When they started having…Continue

Tags: questions, passion, games, nametags, intorductions

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Jul 30.

Mahone Bay May 15 to 18 2014

I'd be curious to talk with anyone who attended the conference in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, May 15 to 18 of this year.Thank you.Continue

Started by Jon Waddell in Questions meet wisdom Jul 11.

Blog Posts

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


Midsummer eve in Amsterdam,
Third day of AoH at Knowmads. Enjoying the learnings!

Posted by Olivier Winghart on June 20, 2014 at 3:02am


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