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Paul Z Jackson
  • St Albans
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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
met Chris Corrigan at Applied Improvisation Network conference in 2010. Liked metaphor of hosting.
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)
Experienced practitioner, with applied improvisation, solutions focus, accelerated learning
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
training and development (organisations and individuals)
Where do you live/work?
St Albans, near London, UK
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
Applied Improvisation
Solutions Focus
Accelerated Learning
Watford FC

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12 signs that a conference cares about its participants

Have you wondered what makes the difference between a ho-hum conference and one that leaves you inspired and energised? It can be tough choosing the right events to attend, and you’re always risking your time and your cash. I’ve been particularly lucky with my experiences at the conferences of The Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) and the SOLWorld events, both of which have been flourishing for more than a decade.

Here are 12 signs that a conference cares about its…


Posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:29am — 1 Comment

Simplicity in a complex world - what does it mean?

A post on the Art of Hosting list asked, ‘What if the art of hosting and harvesting is how to be with complexity in a simple way?’ – which rang a bell!

As you may have been vaguely aware, our strapline at The Solutions Focus is ‘Simplicity in a Complex World’. (Does anyone take any notice of straplines or are they simply a way to keep brand gurus employed?)

Anyway, we were discussing the choice of straplines in a workshop at the weekend, recalling how simplicity is important so…


Posted on February 27, 2012 at 3:58am

How I feel when I've said why I'm here and I'm asked why I'm really here

In these reflections prompted by the Art of Hosting training at The Burren, I'd like to make some distinctions about the words which facilitators and coaches choose to use.

The point is partly about the difference that these words might make with our groups and clients - how they feel about things, which aspects of topics they might most focus on, what in the end they might or might not do differently.

And it’s partly about how our language reflects our assumptions. I’m…


Posted on January 15, 2012 at 2:44pm — 4 Comments

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At 11:18am on January 11, 2012, Benjamin Aaron Degenhart said…

Hi Paul, welcome to this Online Community! 

If you upload a profile picture i can add you to our collage.

Here are plenty of good ressources and conversations - may this space be meaningful for you and inspire your contribution.


Please don't hesitate to ask Mary Alice or me if you have questions about this site. We are hosting this online space these days. 



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