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!


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Agota Eva Ruzsa commented on Agota Eva Ruzsa's group 'Systemic Constellation and deep group processes in the AoH practice'
"I extend my invitation to you. We would welcome you presence and contribution and feedback on the 2nd such event we are putting on in Budapest to integrate Art of Hosting, bohmean dialogue and systems constellation for Collective Healing...focused…"
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Complexity and the Cynefin Framework - learnings for AoH - AoPL 12 Replies

Copied over from the Facebook group, March 2015:Really interesting keynote by Dave Snowden on Complexity and the Cynfin Framework - Definitely challenges some of the methodological frames that often…Continue

Tags: process, safe, Open, Space, fail

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Aug 16.

Hello with posing questions... 2 Replies

Hello Everyone,I am hosting my first WC event mid July 2016 to re enforce company values.  Juanita Brown from the WCC has suggested I ask on here for some help and advice...  Sorry for the long…Continue

Started by Heather Shepherd in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Heather Shepherd Jun 22.

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.

Blog Posts

Bristol - listening city

I am keen to start a listening circle in Bristol (England).  Are there any Bristol based people who would like to join in?

Posted by Heather Anne on August 26, 2016 at 7:49am

Art of Hosting 3 day intensive training

Dear all, 

Some of you have already registered. If you consider joining us for a 3 day intensive training in Lisbon, Portugal on 22-25 September, I'd like to let you know that Early Bird rates will be available until this Friday, June 17th.

This is the very first training in Portugal. Portugal is…

Posted by Mira Bangel on June 14, 2016 at 8:00am


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