Ecovillages act as research and training centres for sustainable development within wider society. Alongside the abundance of networking opportunities and the flow of inspiration within and between participants, the hosting Eco-Valley Foundation will serve as a living example and field of practice for the themes of this year’s conference:
10.-13. July 2012, Eco-Valley Foundation, Hungary
Added by Jonathan on December 20, 2011 at 1:32am — No Comments
Hello Art of Hosting community!
November I joined the AoH training in Vorarlberg, Austria and realized from the first day "I'm home!". It was like having a name for what I've been practicing and feeling since. In the following weeks I've been diving deeper into Art of Hosting accompanied by a wave of hostings and conversations that mattered. As a result of these flow and also referring to some puzzling happenings which occurred in the field after the training, a clear picture emerged,…Continue
Added by Sabine Graber on December 15, 2011 at 6:18am — No Comments
We have started a library of books and manuals on New Ways of working and living, Hosting Self and others, sustainable living and working and related subjects in our event place Bregenzer Salon, Austria.
If you are an author or friends with one, and have an extra copy to donate, a
second hand book or a new one you 'd like to give away for the sheer love of
contributing, they can…
Added by Ursula Hillbrand on December 13, 2011 at 2:13pm — No Comments
Added by Dana Pearlman on December 5, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments
"There are Cracks in the Ice!!"
“Don’t worry, we’re fast climbers!”
We had seen the forecast and knew we needed to get to the base of the ice climb early.
As a staff team of Outdoor educators, we were in training in the Scottish Highlands learning the winter arts of ice-climbing, skiing and winter mountaineering. We were excited as this year – 1985 - held the best conditions for years. Glistening, thick snow, cold…Continue
Creating Holistic Learning Experiences and Teaching Sustainable Lifestyle
A holistic training experience for all staff in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the living and learning place 'Ecovillage of Sieben Linden'
10/06/2012 - 17/06/2012
We are excited to offer a EU wide workshop opportunity for professionals in the field of sustainability where real life examples, hands on training, action learning and…
Added by Jonathan on November 25, 2011 at 4:03am — No Comments
I've been hosting conversations among young leaders at a Big Four accounting firm, holding space for them to develop a greater sense of self-leadership--it has been a living laboratory for me...and a dream-like environment to do this kind of work in...but most grateful for the new relationships and deep bonds being formed....
Added by Kevin A. Johnson on November 23, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments
Check-in and check-out processes are not just frivolous time wasters in our meetings. If they feel that way, something is probably missing.
Wicked questions help shape powerful processes. The shaping of questions in a thoughtful, purposeful and intentional manner increases the likelihood of them being powerful. This is the second post on powerful questions, the first one contained general thoughts about…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on November 16, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments
One of the most asked questions at, and after, any Art of Hosting training is about the questions. Developing powerful questions is a crucial element to creating the conversational space we are seeking. People are…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on November 16, 2011 at 12:16pm — No Comments
Chaordic Stepping Stones: Notes
Name derived from Dee Hock, Visa CEO; embracing chaos and creative order.
When individual purpose becomes social (event and process planning)
Nine steps of project management
Need, purpose, principles, people—the first four steps; collectively, the invitation; iterative.
•Create buzz, excitement with the invitation; pitch it
•Articulate your need; if the need isn’t valid, pressing, relevant, you have no…
Added by Charles Thrasher on November 7, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments
Cynefin: Welsh word for the place of multiple belonging
•Cause and effect relationships easily identified
•Stable, repeatable conditions
Methodology: Sense making > categorize > respond
•Cause and effect relationships obscure, complicated
•Realm of expert advice
• Multiple potential solutions requiring domain expertise
Added by Charles Thrasher on November 7, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments
Dear Freddie, our dog, slept in front of the fire - the first time he has been dowstairs in the house all night on his own. Lily, his sister - who sadly went missing in the spring - used to jump on the chairs and chew things, so it was never possible to leave them at night. Freddie slept soundly and in the morning…Continue
Added by Sarah Whiteley on October 23, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments
As Maria wrote in an email a day ago: “I am in Athens right now - and the disintegration of the old system is really strong - everything is coming to a standstill here - garbage is not being collected, general strikes about two days a week on…Continue
Added by Sarah Whiteley on October 13, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments
In September I was fortunate to attend the Business Innovation Factory's Story Summit, where 30 innovators gathered to share their stories on innovation from all sectors. I carried with me questions connected to hosting and harvested insights in the scaffold of the 5 Breaths/Chaordic Stepping Stones. My notes are posted on my blog should any nuggets be useful to…Continue
Added by Amanda Fenton on October 9, 2011 at 10:17pm — No Comments
i just returned from some coaching and consulting work. i am struck by the similarity of experience that todays leaders face across companies, industries and even across sectors. as a leader today, you find yourself in NO-WHERE-LAND. on the one side you have all the tools that you learned from consultants, business schools and other sources of conventional management wisdom. on the other side you have a huge leadership challenge that you currently face. and inbetween these two things, there…Continue
I thought this was rather appropriate for much of the Art of Hosting work... a sign that says "I know there's a need for caution up ahead, but I no longer know how to define it."…Continue
Added by Heather Plett on October 1, 2011 at 9:36am — No Comments
A great article by David Brooks in NY Times
Added by Martin Siesta on September 30, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments
I replied, “Yes, I (we) know he is of the Right. He simply offers a…Continue
Inspired by the conversation, on Democracy Rising in Greece http://axladitsa.ning.com/forum/topics/democracy-rising-in-greece - about our sense of co-creating a place in Athens, I found this great video on National Geographic: on…Continue
To which I replied…”Fundamentally - thank you for asking...x”
“Sarah...fundamentally is a big call, where do you start or where did you start...?”
It got me thinking, that perhaps I needed to become conscious and harvest…Continue
Added by Sarah Whiteley on September 8, 2011 at 7:08am — No Comments