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

Federico Renzo Grayeb is now a member of The Art of Hosting
16 hours ago
Mira Bangel updated their profile
Tracy Meisterheim and Vihra Dincheva are now friends
Mariana Ruiz de Lobera commented on Rowan's group 'Spanish language group'
"Hola, estamos preparando un nuevo taller de Art of Hosting en Donostia San Sebastian (España) ¿Quieres asistir a un taller introductorio sobre liderazgo participativo durante un fin de semana en el marco de la semana europea del Arte…"
Edward Kendal updated their profile
Irene zurborn shared their event on Facebook
Irene zurborn posted an event

The Art of Hosting at The European Art of Collaboration at San Sebastian - Guipuzcoa, Spain

June 24, 2016 at 10am to June 26, 2016 at 7pm
This workshop is designed as an Introduction to The Art of Hosting so you can taste the essence of these techniques and tools enjoying their smell and taste, and learn its main elements.The purpose of the workshop is to learn and practice new forms of meeting together, which create greater collaboration, innovation and effectiveness. We will explore the skills, abilities and creative ingenuity needed to communicate well together and navigate the challenges that confront us. We will offer the…See More
Rowan replied to Niamh Swanson's discussion 'The Art of Hosting Collaboration and Interconnection, London, 15-17 July 2016' in the group AoH UK
"I look very much forward to be back in the UK to learn and practice with you all! R"
May 16


Looking for AOL patictionnaires in Chins 1 Reply

Hi everybody, I have a potential interesting project about change in China and I need AoH Chinese freelancers. Anybody interested or to recommend?TxGiorgiaContinue

Started by Giorgia Madonno in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Mark PIxley Apr 30.

Une mission pour le Service Civique 1 Reply

Bonjour,nous sommes le collectif des Fêtes de la Paix et en partenariat avec 2 associations de Solidarité Internationale nous proposons dans le cadre du Service Civique une mission rémunérée qui…Continue

Started by Claude Arheix in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Mar 25.

How to deal with cultural frictions between bureaucrats and emergents?

Dear everyone,Recently I got in contact with Art of Hosting and a few months before that Teal organizing through Frederic Laloux book of 2014. I am so enthousiastic about everything I've now come in…Continue

Tags: conflict, managing, emergence, bureaucracy

Started by Simon Damstra in Questions meet wisdom Mar 24.

Working with CEO's - boards

copied from the emaillist, early '16:Hello Hosts, I am going to host a 2 day retreat of 4 CEOs (all guys) of 2 companies (1 is holding, 1 is subsidiary company). They basically had the question:…Continue

Tags: Sinek, circle, appreciative, inquiry, SImon

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Feb 20.

Blog Posts

The Cynefin Framework is helpful for discerning adaptive challenges and appropriateness of AoH

(re-posted from

One of the most important leadership innovations of the last two decades is a model for assessing whether we are working with technical fixes or adaptive challenges. In the complex environment that we are experiencing, we can buy into the idea that everything is an adaptive challenge that requires an adaptive leadership approach. While we do face many… Continue

Posted by Joe Ramsay on March 3, 2016 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Conversations Matter

A posting that I recently shared on my website:

I have been involved in a leadership role in the United Church of Canada from a very young age. Throughout that time, my participation in communities of faith has provided a container to engage in many, many conversations about things that matter: ideas, emotions,…


Posted by Joe Ramsay on February 11, 2016 at 9:29am


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