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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

Allan Smith-Reeve added a discussion to the group AoH Canada

New Edinburgh

Hi Jane,Joe Ramsay and i are doing some work with Mackay United Church in the New Edinburgh neighbourhood of Ottawa. The Church is just beginning to engage neighbours in AofH conversations about what being better neighbours with one another might mean.See More
3 hours ago
Allan Smith-Reeve joined Jane Porter's group

AoH Canada

All members/cities/initiatives in the country. Let's try and make ourselves more visible to each other on the Ning and start talking:)
3 hours ago
Allan Smith-Reeve updated their profile
3 hours ago
Ina Deicke updated their profile
8 hours ago
Maria Scordialos posted an event

AoH-Athens Participatory Leadership Training at Athens, Greece

May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017
Today’s world is in flux. We are feeling this on a large scale and in our daily lives. 2016 saw the mass movement of people and politics: people seeking refuge into Europe with closed borders and the loss of lives, a Brexit result to the UK referendum, the US and other elections. Here in Greece we continue to feel the squeeze of austerity with no sign of letting up. It is becoming clearer and clearer that the traditional linear and top-down leadership and problem-solving methods simply no…See More
21 hours ago
Profile IconIsabelle Chargé, Allan Smith-Reeve and Charlie Peverett joined The Art of Hosting
21 hours ago
faruk hossain posted a blog post
Helle Solvang updated their profile


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.

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, 2016.

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, 2016.


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