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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

Michaela Sieh posted an event

Impact Cafés at worldwideIm

October 2, 2015 at 2pm to November 6, 2015 at 7pm
Throughout the world, Impact Cafés will be hosted as part of the World Café Impact Jamboree.Use this 20th Anniversary of The World Café as inspiration to bring our community together and have the meaningful conversations that are needed to ignite action and impact positive change in our region and in the world.See More
Profile IconMichaela Sieh and Sara Goyeneche joined The Art of Hosting
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Reto Kessler commented on Reto Kessler's event 'Art of Hosting: PARTIZIPATIVES FÜHREN'
"Unser AoH-Training findet im Bio-Hotel Schloss Wartegg statt. Wir werden im Konzertsaal hosten und die vielen kleinen Räume im und um das Hotel nutzen können. Auch das Türkische Bad steht uns als Gästen zur Verfügung…"
Ursel Biester is now friends with Albrecht Günther and Sophia van Ruth
Sophia van Ruth updated their profile
Sep 28
Sophia van Ruth is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Sep 28
ilse Marschalek is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Sep 26


Hi mates, how could we realize hosting 250 Swedish Red Cross office people in 2,15 hrs Pro Action Café? 1 Reply

 We will host the 250 employes of the Swedish Red Cross in a two day Kick Off of their new strategy: facing the greatest vulnerability (in humanity/society) by readiness for wise action and…Continue

Started by Kajsa Balkfors in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Aug 26.

Newbie to AofH and have been tasked to come up with two AOH ideas for how to approach a department meeting on planning and prioritizing. Thoughts? 1 Reply

Newbie to AofH and have been tasked to come up with two AOH ideas for how to approach a department meeting on planning and prioritizing.Thoughts?Continue

Started by Peter Campion in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Aug 3.

Principles, values, heuristics... 4 Replies

From the emaillist, May 2015.Dear AoH colleagues, During the writing of my dissertation I sought to develop a list of principles and values that reflect both an Art of Hosting and relational…Continue

Tags: heuristics, values, principles

Started by Ria Baeck in Exciting New Developments. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jun 8.

harvesting from one event to the next... 1 Reply

from the emaillist, June 2015:Friends,I am hosting a short series of World Cafe sessions where the topics/questions between the sessions do not change, but the attendees do. This was a choice made by…Continue

Tags: Café, complexity, sensemaking, World, harvest

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jun 8.

Blog Posts

Bring your favorite pet to life on canvas

Painting the portrait of a cute pet would be the best ever gift to a pet-lover. If you have a pet and would like to bring it to life on canvas to recreate that love and bond you share, you can try finding professional art classes or exclusive canvas painting classes that can help you create one. When you are in New York, looking for interesting things to do in NYC, such art classes could be the ideal activity, especially…


Posted by Eric Danielson on July 20, 2015 at 6:21am

8 Team Building Exercises for Adults

You must be aware of the fact that team building activities are highly important to enhance the productivity of a workforce. Unless a team is able to connect, it is difficult for them to reach out to each other with problems or queries. Therefore, an organization should concentrate on effective and fun team building activities that are effective both in terms of budget and time.

In fact, corporate team building…


Posted by Eric Danielson on June 18, 2015 at 8:00am


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