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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

Alexandru-Gabriel Glod and Denise Valentine are now friends
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Ria Baeck posted a discussion

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 national meetings about 50 people would attend. They did individual introductions:where fromaccomplishmentwhat they want to learn, etc.Now they have 200 people attending so clearly they can't do a round of introductions that takes less than 2 hours. Challenge: they want to surface specific things people…See More
Lyda Michopoulou updated their profile
Denise Valentine and Dan T Joyner are now friends
Jul 23
Sharon R. Nollan updated their profile
Jul 23
Profile IconSharon R. Nollan and Amanda Kluge joined The Art of Hosting
Jul 23
Mary Alice Arthur and Carlos Pompa are now friends
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Sara Bechor commented on Sara Bechor's group 'Developing and Connecting Israeli Communities of Practice'
"Thomas Hübl on HOW to RELATE to WAR "to disassociate from life is the main pathology where Holocaust come disassociate from the world, from what we hear, read and what we feel...because i have a response ability when i…"
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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 yesterday.

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.

When are we in complexity?

Copied over from the email list, July 2014:Hi All, Recently a client said to me "We know we are facing increasing complexity. That's not our problem. What we really need to know is how to deal with…Continue

Tags: emergent, adaptive, management, polarity, cynefin

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Jul 2.

Civic Engagement; The Invitation Conversation and the Power of a Small Group of Committed People 1 Reply

 More than two years ago, Gary Robbins, Meagan Lauer and I got together after an A Small Group monthly gathering and decided to work on a few common…Continue

Started by Dan T Joyner in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jun 27.

Blog Posts


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

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

Burning an eternal flame ?

It is only fair that this post echoed the title of the previous one. After all, it was the root cause of a funny happening.

But i'm getting ahead of myself.

I'm just back from a two days gathering in Bruxelles, bringing together some 70-80 practionners from across the EU Commission and then some. The external practionners were mostly people who have been accompanying the process at the Commission (the usual suspects: Ria, Tatiana, Maria S. from Greece, etc) or have a link with…


Posted by François Thunus on May 15, 2014 at 4:04pm — 2 Comments


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