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

Helle Solvang and marek wysoczynski are now friends
11 hours ago
Rosalinda Muñoz Rodríguez is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Michael Ashworth replied to Michael Ashworth's discussion 'Starting by asking a favour . . . .'
"Thanks Ria. As you can see, I'm new to this "ning" and not quite sure when to use this rather than the AoH Facebook group and whether it's much the same people in both. I've posted twice to the AoH Facebook group and got…"
Leon-Philippe Parez replied to Olivier Winghart's discussion 'Atelier AoH spécialisé les 30-31 mai à Paris: Vivre la puissance du cercle' in the group AoH francophone
"je me réjouis de vous y rencontrer ! Léon-Philippe"
Ria Baeck replied to Michael Ashworth's discussion 'Starting by asking a favour . . . .'
"Michael,Sad to say but people won't see your request here, as not many have turned on notifications of new posts... Better to post your question on the AoH Facebook group, and/or in the emaillist. Way better response! with love,Ria"
Michael Ashworth posted a discussion

Starting by asking a favour . . . .

I've hardly been allowed into this group before I start asking for favours . .  . . First, I'm greatly honoured to be in the Group. I attended an AoH just outside Budapest in January and it was simply amazing; I can't remember ever in my (quite long!) life, having spent 3 days engaging in such meaningful dialogue with so many authentic souls all in one place. Unforgettable!And the favour?WIth the support of the IAF, I and a few volunteers are running a Survey on Facilitation across 12 countries…See More
Olivier Winghart updated their profile
Jeffer London shared their discussion on Facebook


Starting by asking a favour . . . . 2 Replies

I've hardly been allowed into this group before I start asking for favours . .  . . First, I'm greatly honoured to be in the Group. I attended an AoH just outside Budapest in January and it was…Continue

Started by Michael Ashworth in Problems? Help?. Last reply by Michael Ashworth yesterday.

Bringing Divided People Together 2 Replies

We gathered a dozen facilitators from the IAF to explore how to unite people. These keen observers of human…Continue

Tags: #dialogue, #reconnecting, #buildingbridges

Started by Jeffer London in The Art of Invitation. Last reply by Jeffer London on Monday.

Searching for inspiring venues in Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona 1 Reply

Hi my dears!!Im looking for inspiring places in #Amsterdam, #Berlin and #Barcelona to organise different modules in each city of the first Next:pedition LAB of #dwarfsandgiants, which seeks to…Continue

Started by Monica Expositor Blasco in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Feb 8.

Conflict in Seminars

Hello AoH Community. I was asked to host a seminar about conflicts in trainings as part of a trainers training. Has anyone a suggestion for a conflict model that would be helpful ?Continue

Started by Andreas Giesen in Problems? Help? Nov 13, 2016.


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