The Art of Hosting


Hosting is “an emerging set of practices for facilitating group conversations of all sizes, supported by principles that: maximize collective intelligence; welcome and listen to diverse viewpoints; maximize participation and civility; and transform conflict into creative cooperation.”



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Welcome to the Art of Hosting online Community

Welcome to the Art of Hosting Online Community Space!

This is a space for Art of Hosting practitioners around the world, created for and with you. We depend on your input and energy to make this a valuable place to keep coming back to. It is both a connection place and a place where you can deepen your practice by

  • Finding and posting great resources – we have a library of videos under Media, written materials under Resources
  • Asking questions, starting conversations and sharing experiences and stories – Conversations is the place for this
  • Starting or joining a group with a focus – we have local, regional and language Groups, groups from specific trainings, as well a wide variety of special interest groups
  • Posting a notice of your upcoming AoH Events in the community calendar
  • Creating your own page and harvesting your experience by writing a blog
  • Share your stories of how you have created value with the AoH on the story map

We value conversations that matter. If you’re new to the Art of Hosting or to the idea of an online Community of Practice, please have a look at the etiquette guiding our online space. If you need technical support with using this Ning, check the FAQ page, which has detailed instructions. Please help us to keep this site intentional by respecting that it is not an open social networking site or the place to promote yourself or activities not linked with the Art of Hosting.

There are plenty of great people, great initiatives and great resources to explore here – welcome!


Latest Activity

Hélène Brown is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Martin Taylor is now a member of The Art of Hosting
linette Harriott posted an event

linette harriott at St Michael’s Uniting Church

October 22, 2018 to October 24, 2018
Join us in Melbourne for a 3 day Art of Engagement and Participation event.The Art of Participation and Engagement (AoPE) is an experience for all who aspire to learn and find better ways to work with groups; ways that nurture collective intelligence, shared learning and effective actions. AoPE creates opportunities for ownership and responsibility where ideas are explored and solutions can be put into action.See More
Profile IconJosephine Wakeing and Kursty Groves joined The Art of Hosting
Aug 8
Elissa Kane is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Jul 31
Dee Brooks posted an event

Art of Participatory Leadership at Quality Beach Hotel, Ballina, NSW, Australia

September 19, 2018 to September 21, 2018
Register Here!How can we be bravely authentic in a changing world to create more than what might seem possible?Within our communities we have great leaders, visionaries, game-changers who are able to look outside the box and find unique and inventive ways of approaching issues and supporting others. In today’s changing environment, what could be possible if we all stood strong in our…See More
Jul 29
Nguyen Duc Vinh is now a member of The Art of Hosting
Jul 28
Profile IconJenn Meilleur and Ildiko Simon joined The Art of Hosting
Jul 23


Practicing the Practice - AoH Evaluation Report 3 Replies

From the AoH listserv January 2013:----Dear AoH colleagues, I am often asked if there are any evaluations of the Art of Hosting that can be shared. Our friend Stephen Duns has one his firm did in…Continue

Started by Amanda Fenton in Resources and Research. Last reply by Loretta Bellato Apr 30.

Inspiring examples of large, multi-day online gatherings 3 Replies

Hey folks! A question for those who geek out to the challenges of online event design. Have you ever experienced wonderful well-facilitated online events? I would warmly welcome any inspiring…Continue

Tags: online engagement, social media, virtual

Started by Chris Connolly in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Ria Baeck Nov 10, 2017.

Groundwork 2 Replies

I have not been able to take part in any of the Groundwork trainings so far. I see it as essential. also for capacity building. Does anyone have an overview over trainings in the coming 6-8 months?Continue

Started by Ian Andersen in Capacity Building. Last reply by Ian Andersen Oct 9, 2017.

Complexity and the Cynefin Framework - learnings for AoH - AoPL 15 Replies

Copied over from the Facebook group, March 2015:Really interesting keynote by Dave Snowden on Complexity and the Cynfin Framework - Definitely challenges some of the methodological frames that often…Continue

Tags: process, safe, Open, Space, fail

Started by Ria Baeck in Questions meet wisdom. Last reply by Bhavesh Patel Oct 3, 2017.

Blog Posts


Ruta Jonuseviciute and I like to share the story how we got mates at a training and became buddygurads for each other using AoH Methods. We also found out some guidelines how to buddyguard each other so you never work alone.

Buddyguard Story


Did you ever come back from a training…


Posted by Andreas Giesen on November 27, 2016 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Bristol - listening city

I am keen to start a listening circle in Bristol (England).  Are there any Bristol based people who would like to join in?

Posted by Heather Anne on August 26, 2016 at 7:49am


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