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

Nancy Bragard and Bruce Maina are now friends
5 hours ago
Bruce Maina is now a member of The Art of Hosting
6 hours ago
HARAUCHAMPS is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Profile IconDaniel Oderbolz, Lauren Swart and Sophie Dunkerley joined The Art of Hosting
Mary Alice Arthur commented on Mary Alice Arthur's event 'The Virtual Story Dojo'
"The new web page is now up -- have a look!!virtual-story-dojo/c1v1w"
Tijmen Rumke and Viola Tschendel are now friends
Oct 16
Ria Baeck replied to Picker Ruth's discussion 'What to observe when planning an AoH event for a large group?'
"sorry... here is the page in the .org website: - find 'list serve' and then you are there!"
Oct 15
Picker Ruth replied to Picker Ruth's discussion 'What to observe when planning an AoH event for a large group?'
"Hi Ria, thanks for your hint - but where do I find "the emaillist"?? Am having trouble navigating my way through the AoH website??"
Oct 15


What to observe when planning an AoH event for a large group? 3 Replies

Dear AoH friends, I may get the chance to plan an AoH based event for a large group of people (background: to define community needs across 3 countries).What are in your experience the preconditions…Continue

Started by Picker Ruth in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Oct 15.

A kind of World Café with sets of AI moments for 300 people in a traditional amphitheatre with chairs fixed to the ground 2 Replies

Hello dear colleagues,Next week I will facilitate two workshops, each one for about 300 people. Each workshop is designed mostly based on cross-pollination of ideas. A framework similar to a mixture…Continue

Tags: people, traditional, amphitheatre, 300, for

Started by Arturo Uscategui in Problems? Help?. Last reply by Arturo Uscategui Oct 12.

Description of Appreciative Inquiry 2 pages 1 Reply

From the emaillist, Sept.'14:Hosters.I'm looking of a good, short 1-2 page description of Appreciative Inquiry. With some description of:- What is it? - When is it helpful?- How does one do it?Not so…Continue

Tags: description, inquiry, appreciative

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Thomas Jäger Sep 29.

Cyber hosting tips

From the emaillist, Sept.'14:Hey friends,I am cyber hosting a 4 hour event for an OSU Leadership team next month and looking for technology tips.I have done this a couple times in the past - with a…Continue

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom Sep 18.

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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