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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

Thine Jensen posted an event

The Art of Participatory Leadership at Copenhagen

September 2, 2015 at 5pm to September 5, 2015 at 3pm
Creating the future we all want to live in - building capacity for real dialogue and collaboration across civil society, private and public invitation to explore & practice the art of participatory leadership Recent events around the world and in our own society are putting the focus ever more strongly on our need to learn how to work well with differences and complexity. We are over-saturated with images of how things are falling apart, but what will help them come together? How…See More
16 hours ago
Mischa Altmann is now friends with David Stevenson, Martin Röll and Tanja Korvenmaa
Martin Röll commented on Marjeta Novak's event 'Building collaborative capacity through Appreciative Inquiry'
"I would love to join this, but cannot make it this time. Please let me know when there is another opportunity!"
Thine Jensen is now a member of The Art of Hosting
2 discussions started by Ria Baeck were featured
Thomas Jäger updated an event

Co-Kreatives Lernen für ein wirksames Handeln - Art of Hosting Training in Süddeutschland (München) am 1. bis 3. Mai 2015 at Impact Hub Munich

May 1, 2015 at 9am to May 3, 2015 at 4pm
Wie gestalten wir co-kreatives Lernen für wirksames Handeln?Die Gesellschaft steht heute und in Zukunft vor immer komplexeren Herausforderungen und die globalen Auswirkungen unseres Handelns werden zunehmend sichtbarer. Wie können wir diesen Herausforderungen nachhaltig und wirksam begegnen? Wir gehen davon aus, dass Kreativität, Kooperation vielfältiger Talente und lebenslanges Lernen eine zentrale Rolle bei der Lösung spielen. Deshalb möchten wir gemeinsam diesen Fragen auf den Grund…See More
Ria Baeck posted a discussion

Complexity and the Cynefin Framework - learnings for AoH - AoPL

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 show up in AoH practice around innovation. I am curious to hear people's reflections and how it informs your praxis? -----------------------------Michael Donnelly The Cynefin Framework is simple and…See More
Annamaria Erdei and Lara are now friends


Complexity and the Cynefin Framework - learnings for AoH - AoPL

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 on Thursday.

We don't need shared purpose, shared work is enough! 3 Replies

from the emaillist, March 2015:Hi Folks,I am excited to put out this blog. It has taken some time to think through and has resulted in me changing one of the the core models I use. I would love to…Continue

Tags: need, shadow, intention, work, shared

Started by Ria Baeck in Exciting New Developments. Last reply by Ria Baeck on Tuesday.

The art of Holding Space 1 Reply

From the emaillist, March 2015:Last week I wrote a blog post about holding space that generated a lot of interest (enough to crash my website). It seems there are a lot of people in the world who are…Continue

Tags: potential, intention, space, holding

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Mar 22.

Great and inspiring poems and texts 19 Replies

The ARTS of being present, of working with mates, of inviting, of harvesting, of sensing the river below the sometimes best described in poems...Please share what you find useful in your…Continue

Tags: poems

Started by Ria Baeck in The Art of Invitation. Last reply by Petre Damoc Mar 14.

Blog Posts

Inexpensive Indoor Birthday Party Games Ideas for Kids

The birthday of your kid is one of the most special events of the year. No wonder that you always try to make it all the more special. If you have already tried and tested those outdoor party ideas and now want to do something right within your home, you can try some indoor party ideas.

If you are living in NYC, you can also opt for kids’ art classes for celebrating the birthday of your child, albeit with a difference and loads of fun.…


Posted by Eric Danielson on March 17, 2015 at 7:30am

Cars to Buy Before They Are Gone

With each new year comes a new collection of beautiful vehicles from all the top car brands, ultimately driving up sales at auto retailers as well as car insurance agencies.  Consumers cannot wait to get their hands on the newest vehicle technology, but with every new collection we say goodbye to the older models, and sometimes those goodbyes are bittersweet depending on which models are discontinued.


Latest car trends


Insider Car News states that one of…


Posted by kesha miller on March 3, 2015 at 12:42am


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