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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 2:08pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 2:04pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 1:57pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 1:48pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kathy Jourdain on August 12, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Anyone who has ever wanted to call an Art of Hosting training has, in all likelihood, been told how important it is to have seasoned hosts – or stewards – as part of the hosting team. What does it mean to steward and why is this role so important in the Art of Hosting community and in individual training offerings?
I wanted to…Continue
Recently in the final check out of a circle conversation, I was framed as having been ‘…in the background’. The others in the circle were each thanked by name for offering such insight in the conversations…
What’s the big fuss about, you might ask? Remember, Power in Making Tea…? Its tricky business being in the space of holding all that goes on in the foreground, and that those of us ‘back stage’ could be deemed less important, or even immaterial. Certainly, we’re…Continue
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