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Mary Alice Arthur
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Storytelling and the art of hosting conversations that matter
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This is a call to all of you out there who are interested in storytelling, narrative practice and other related forms that add depth, richness and sensemaking to our work as hosts.  This year I'm…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Chris Corrigan Sep 18, 2012.

Hosting ourselves - how we host the AoH community
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This is a conversation started by the AoH Online Hosting Team where we're asking for your contribution in how we can better host ourselves online (and maybe also elsewhere!).  What are your thoughts…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Mary Alice Arthur Feb 12, 2012.

Inspiring Harvests - Principles for creating the world we want to live in
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This week I've been on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, working with a team that's holding an initiative called "Family Law Pathways".  The bottom line is keeping kids safe.  The…Continue

Tags: Story, Harvest, Collective, principles, question

Started this conversation. Last reply by Ria Baeck Sep 11, 2011.

Books, reading & resource suggestions
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Hello all! Here is a place to log your suggestions about reading and resources.Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Mary Alice Arthur Feb 20, 2011.


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Mary Alice Arthur posted an event

Turtle Island (North America) Practictioners Gathering at Otterbein University,

June 1, 2018 at 1pm to June 5, 2018 at 1pm
“What is needed to consciously host and work through tensions of power and privilege while honoring unity in diversity?”This is an invitation to question our assumptions and to host our discomforts and shakiness while cultivating belonging. Bring your questions and curiosity, in a safe enough space, where we can meet in our differences and experience the joy and challenge of being a community. Some of us have the privilege to avoid addressing the tensions while others of us experience it…See More
May 1, 2018
Mary Alice Arthur and Helen Rawlinson are now friends
Nov 22, 2017
Mary Alice Arthur posted an event

Wie bringen wir gute Veränderungen in Gang? Art of Hosting: Drei Tage für Beteiligung und Wandel at Haus der Begegnung

October 23, 2017 to October 25, 2017
Wie bringen wir gute Veränderungen in Gang? Art of Hosting: Drei Tage für Beteiligung und WandelWie bringen wir gute Veränderung in Gang? Welche Art von Veränderung wollen wir in die Welt bringen – lokal vor Ort, global für die Erde und ihre Menschen? Welche Veränderungen wollen wir in der Gesellschaft, in der Politik und in unseren Unternehmen?Jeder Art of Hosting-Prozess wird durch eine kraftvolle Frage ausgelöst und beflügelt. Die Frage für das Training im Oktober stellt die…See More
Jun 28, 2017
Mary Alice Arthur posted an event

Art of Participatory Leadership Denmark: at Kalundborg, Denmark

November 2, 2017 at 5pm to November 5, 2017 at 3pm
How does the leader of today step up and connect with others in wise, transformative collaboration?We live in disruptive times. Politically, economically, technically, socially. Polarization threatens societal cohesion with its “us-and-them” rhetoric. The ideas of global connectedness and national identity pull in opposite directions. The sustainability agenda matched by a lack of action is disturbing. So many people work so hard and still yearn for more meaning, belonging and recognition. The…See More
Jun 13, 2017
Dr Robert Muller joined Mary Alice Arthur's group

AoH Australia

Fantastic folks who are interested in conversations that matter and based in Australia.
May 22, 2017
Grace Walsh joined Mary Alice Arthur's group

AoH Australia

Fantastic folks who are interested in conversations that matter and based in Australia.
Apr 1, 2017
Mary Alice Arthur updated their profile
Aug 26, 2016
Mary Alice Arthur commented on Mary Alice Arthur's event 'The Story Activist Intensive'
"Thanks for asking, Sarah -- I've amended the text and if you click on the link you'll find the full details for all the sessions too."
Aug 26, 2016
Sarah Anderson commented on Mary Alice Arthur's event 'The Story Activist Intensive'
"Can you tell me how much this event costs? "
Aug 26, 2016
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Aug 25, 2016
Mary Alice Arthur posted events
Aug 25, 2016
Michelle Dunscombe joined Mary Alice Arthur's group

AoH Australia

Fantastic folks who are interested in conversations that matter and based in Australia.
Jul 5, 2016
Mary Alice Arthur and Jakob Kohlbrenner are now friends
Apr 20, 2016
Scott Nicol commented on Mary Alice Arthur's group 'AoH New Zealand'
"I'm keen Mary Alice.  It will probably be by Skype but that's better then nothing.  In the meantime enjoy the great something of a holiday, celebrations and a big high over the country.  Hugs Scotty"
Dec 23, 2015
Mary Alice Arthur commented on Mary Alice Arthur's event 'AoH Karlskrona 2016'
"Hello friends!   Keep watching the website as it is updated for the 2016 event in the new year.  Hope we see you there!"
Dec 23, 2015
Mary Alice Arthur posted an event

AoH Karlskrona 2016 at Karlskrona, Sweden

March 10, 2016 at 1pm to March 13, 2016 at 1pm
When to step in, and when to step back?Building capacity for engagement and active choice.How do we find belonging and the strength to step away from the paradigms and practices that no longer serve us?How do we use the power of choice to step into what really calls and inspires us?How do we connect our small ripples to make big waves through co-creating communities and actions that really matter?Save the Date!See More
Dec 23, 2015

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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I first heard about the Art of Hosting from other facilitators and then read about Toke in Christina Baldwin's book "StoryCatcher". I contacted him to work on a facilitator's conference with me in 2007, and my first AoH training was 2008 in Melbourne.

What attracts me to it is how it creates a container for powerful work and that it is a practice, not a methodology. I also love that it is hosting, not facilitating, creating a space where everyone can step in, step up and do wise work together. And I'm really grateful hosting happens in teams. I was so ready to be part of team and work with the wisdom of the circle!
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
My first AoH training was in September 2008 and I immediately joined another in October. We've had two AoH trainings in New Zealand, the first with 92 present. Since then I've been on many hosting teams for trainings and strategic meetings and also stepped into the stewarding circle. I'm keen to support teams wherever they are to do great work and bring forward their brilliance.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
What I'm bringing to AoH is my love of story and narrative practice, as well as a passion for hosting and harvesting conversations that matter and creating containers where people can step in, step up and co-create wise action together.
Where do you live/work?
I live and work wherever my bag is! Right now I live in Copenhagen.
Would you like to share a web address?
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I've spent half my lifetime in the Northern Hemisphere and half in the Southern. Now I see myself as a wanderer helping to weave the world together with each conversation. I've had a go at six languages, but English and German are the ones I can work in. I'm passionate about questions, stories, metaphor, vision, and deep listening. If you've got a great movie, I'll bring the popcorn!

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At 9:09am on September 7, 2015, Søs Irini Armyrantis said…

Thank you; I feel blessed to have meet AoH!

I'm trying to upload picture and stuff, but the system is protesting ... hmmm!

At 12:27pm on September 3, 2015, Martin Cadée said…

Hi Mary Alice - thank you for the welcome note! Just uploaded a picture :) Barcelona is good. Nice to have a homebase or at least a hub again (with sunshine! :). Looking forward to catch up at some point in the not too distant future! Warm greetings, Martin

At 4:49am on August 24, 2015, Evangeline R. Bengaro said…

thank you Mary Alice :)

At 10:00pm on October 29, 2014, James Wallace said…

hi, I am new to this arena and keen to find out what is happening in New Zealand, and how I can learn from whatever is going on. Most of the NZ posts I have seen have been a couple of years old, but I understand that you are based here .. fi you know of anything local, please could you let me know? thanks ..

At 1:19am on May 17, 2014, Uma R said…

Thanks, Mary Alice. Let me find my way around this site. I am sure there is lots to share and to learn as well as to contribute. Looking forward to a fruitful interaction :)

At 5:34am on May 16, 2014, Sabine Soeder said…

:-) Big hug to you, dear friend, have fun in London!

At 11:04am on April 4, 2014, silvia mora said…

Dear Mary Alice, thank for your welcome! Although I joined 5 years ago, I have not really been active until now... so it's the perfect time to be welcomed :-) The Tell and Draw experience with you, Sabine and the other participants was so envigorating... I suspect I am going to be around here on a regular basis from now on ;-) hugs

At 2:20am on April 4, 2014, silvia mora said…

Good morning Mary Alice, found your friendship request and it actually worked :-) lovely picture of you! Have a great weekend and see you around ther artofhostingning :-) Silvia


At 12:29pm on March 16, 2014, Tijmen Rumke said…

Well thank you :)! Of course a warm hug back!

At 1:39pm on March 14, 2014, Tijmen Rumke said…

Ha Mary Alice, thanks for the kind welcoma. Lovely to be here. It is long overdue! Picture is added. Thanks for the reminder. We've actually met before at the AoH training in Karlskrona in 2012. Marien and I were both there, together with a few other mates from Utrecht! 


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