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Exploring Bold Leadership in Rural Communities

Ontario’s rural and agricultural organizations and communities are under pressure – we are all trying to do more with less to address increasingly complex challenges. This pressure also brings with it an opportunity for real change, and real change calls for a new kind of leadership. At the 2012…


Added by Alicia Evans on February 15, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments

Getting the Question Right? (help me?)

Next week, I will host 2 groups merging together - they would like to better collaborate. We have planned 3 rounds of world cafe. The current questions for each session are:

Round 1: stories of Sales & Marketing working well together

Round 2: stories of Sales & Marketing challenging situations

Round 3: ideas for better…


Added by Jeffer London on February 7, 2013 at 4:54am — 1 Comment

Audio Interview About Art of Hosting and Participatory Leadership

Enjoy this interview with Fedor Ovchinnikov and Kathy Jourdain.  The link is imbedded on my web site or you can go to blogtalkradio to listen.

Added by Lori Steed Sortino on February 5, 2013 at 1:31pm — 2 Comments


Stumbled on this article on creativity by John Cleese.

Not really new, but reaffirm many good and often forgotten principles.

8 Dec 1980 - we remember.

Added by François Thunus on December 8, 2012 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Yes, it does exist !!!

Today, for the first time since I host, I had a day that respected the script to the minute :-) If this doesn't warrant a first blog post here, I don't see what will.

Definitely une journée a marquer d'une pierre blanche ! :-)

le wordle du matin (debut de la session):      …


Added by François Thunus on November 27, 2012 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Ingredients for Hosting Team Success - An Inquiry

How is it we can take a group of people who may or may not know each other, throw them into a prep or planning day together and have them emerge out the other side as a team, ready to co-create and co-host a three or four day Art of Hosting training, to greater or lesser degrees as a cohesive, fluid team?

In the last few years, I have had powerful experiences of this happening in Atlantic Canada,…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on October 8, 2012 at 9:47pm — 2 Comments

Art of Hosting: Universal or Not?

When people ask me if I do “this” for a living, the answer is, of course, yes. But they don’t really know what they are asking.  They are asking about what they are witnessing or experiencing in this given moment – a specific Art of Hosting training, a planning process, a team building session, a leadership development training, a community engagement process, a …


Added by Kathy Jourdain on October 7, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Deep Sensing Interviews

Deep sensing interviews are a powerful tool.  In the times I’ve used them I’ve seen them help deepen relationships, deepen a field of inquiry, shift the shape of  a team, organization or system.

Deep sensing interviews are one of the tools highlighted in the Sensing…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Navigating the Groan Zone is an Art

For a such a simple little concept, the divergence-emergence-convergence model we use in the Art of Hosting sure packs a punch.  It is a simple teach that can be done in 10 minutes – or longer – if time, space and the opportunity to engage others in the conversation allows.  It sheds light on design process, the groan zone and people’s experience.  Navigating the groan zone is an art form that often arises…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Hosting lessons from the field - four fold practice and presencing

It is the last morning of our 3 day Art of Hosting training in St. Paul Minnesota in mid April 2012.  We have 40 participants plus our 6 person hosting team which includes 3 apprentices. The hosting team is starting our day by checking in. Day 2 was a good example of a groan zone kind…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Art of Hosting: What We Do in Three Days

Every place we go has its own tone, texture and timing.  It is part of what makes Art of Hosting - or in the case of California in August 2012, the Art of Participatory Leadership and Social Innovation - so hard to define. "We" being whatever configuration of hosting and calling team has…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 1:57pm — No Comments

There's a Reason Why It's Called the Art of....

What is art without technique and is technique alone really art?  "Art" could mean art as it evokes the image of artwork but, really, it is much broader than that -  dance, fitness, sport, yoga, meditation, music, hosting, the work we are in.

I've been in a beautiful reflection after a delicious conversation recently with good friend and hosting colleague Jerry Nagel. We were discussing upcoming work in…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Slowing Down to Go Fast

Our world moves so fast we all want it done now, or yesterday – whatever “it” is. The paradox is, we don’t have time to go fast anymore. But it’s not just about slowing down. It’s slowing down, adding in intentionality, purposefulness and patterns of movement – often non-linear and iterative – to take us to places we’ve never been before but that we’ve dreamed and know have to be possible. We want to get to this new place but we keep repeating the patterns that have never gotten us there…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

House in France is looking for a new steward.

This house has already hosted many open space and creative events...and is now for sale.

It is looking for a new steward to take it into the future. What would you do with it ?…


Added by esteve pannetier on August 11, 2012 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Art of Developing Meaningful Conversations at 1st UU Columbus

On the evening of May 19, members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus gathered with friends to encounter "The Art of Developing Meaningful Conversations," the name given to the Art of Hosting at the church.  (The name was selected by the first sponsoring body, the Leadership Development…


Added by Amy Kay Watson on May 20, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Cultivating Resilience

Last week I was at an inspiring meeting in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  A dozen of us gathered from different parts of the US to continue an exploration of common ground.  There's a confluence happening.  Especially over the last decade people have been working with different words to explore the same questions: How do we create healthy communities?  Communities where happiness is pursued, not  consumption.  Communities where people live with the graceful bounty of this planet rather than…


Added by Bob Stilger on April 7, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

The WellbeingCompanion - Hosting the happyness in our lives

Dear Community,

Having hosted small and big groups in all kind of different contexts for several years now I consider myself to be a quite pragmatic AoH practitioner. The biggest challenge I have come across though is probably not to host others, but to host myself. A few months ago I initiated my blog with a post about "wellbeing companionships" - an idea I have been co-designing and practicing for about three years now with a close friend of mine. I got quite some feedback on this…


Added by Dennis Hoenig-Ohnsorg on March 17, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments


HEllo to you all. Its been a while ---I have been graced withthe opportunity to see my home country in all is summer splendour.

BAck to the Now and in Denmark the steady change of season is a flux.A little update on the Last Graphic Recording workshop sessions we host to together with Friems in Austria-we had a wonderful turnout and happy that we could share the power of visuals further.

That brings me to, An invite to  our second session in partnership with Friems and the…


Added by Abdul Dube on March 3, 2012 at 5:30am — 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…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on February 27, 2012 at 3:58am — No Comments

Art of Hosting at 1st UU Church in Columbus

I've been talking with folks at my church about AoH and the compatibilities I see between it and the church's goals and values.  As a result, a couple of things have happened so far.

The first and so-far biggest thing is that the leadership development committee asked me to do some leadership training drawing on the Art of Hosting body of knowledge.  We formed a small core host team with myself and two others who are close friends of the church (not quite…


Added by Amy Kay Watson on February 18, 2012 at 4:54pm — 2 Comments

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