After having been hosted by Toke, Monika, Phill and Laura (in ALIA Europe) I am now looking forward to getting funding, creating space and opportunity to have a AoH workshop at Exeter University, UK. In my plan a number of staff (academic and professionals), undergraduates and postgraduates (including MBAs) will take part of this training. Any suggestions or ideas on how to go about this will be greatly received.
All the best,
Here is a message from Linda, that she couldn't post from where she is in Greece:
"Hi Inma and Ria - thanks for putting us in touch - I'm out in Greece at the moment setting up and preparing to co host the Axladitsa Immersion - have a look at http axladisa.ning.com to see what we are up to.
I’m using art of hosting and systems thinking to deliver a program at Swinburne University, aiming to improve student motivation and engagement. The program runs for 10 weeks and I’m currently in week 7.
There are 3 distinct phases in the program; the first is a self exploration for students to find meaning related to their studies and their learning goals, extending beyond the bounds of university; the second is focussed more on practical skills that help with successful learning, with the hope that the greater self awareness from the first phase will contribute to successful acquisition of these skills; and the third phase is confronting thoughts and behaviours students might have that detract from their ability to learn (however the final workshop is a celebration of the journey and is intended to provide a sense of accomplishment and hope for change).
I have used mentors in the program to provide leadership in discussions, that’s leadership in a participative rather than directive sense. The promise to both students and mentors (and me) was that I wanted to create a learning opportunity for all involved.
There are several art of hosting methods I’ve used, some of which I modified or borrowed from to suit the purpose of the workshops I was running. Each workshop begins and ends in circle, and from the very first week I sought comment and reflection from attendees that expressed their personal commitment to change. It has been a great privilege to be part of, a very powerful approach to have used, and seems to have made a profound difference to participants.
I’ve also used AI, world café, open space technology, pro-action café, and a couple of improvised approaches to provide the designs for the conversations and dialogue that were the main thrust of the program and the weekly workshops. If there was going to be a shift in students self-belief as learners, the most likely medium for this to occur was through engaging each other in meaningful conversation.
I would love to know if there are similar programs occurring elsewhere. I would be very happy to also share my experiences. I feel very fortunate to have had the forum and opportunity through this program at Swinburne to explore how some art of hosting approaches can be used to connect and engage students (and it would seem there’s great potential to engage and connect teaching staff at the same time :-).
I am thrilled to be apart of a growing community at the University of Minnesota that have trained and are practicing the Art of Hosting. On Feb. 29, 2012 we are gathering as a community with the purpose to share the stories of our Art of Hosting practice to deepen our understanding and relationships with each other at the University of Minnesota. We have initiated discussions with our mates at Ohio State with the shared purpose of bringing hosting deeper into the academy.
Waauw Jen, this great news to read!
Very curious what will unfold from there?!?
With love from Belgium,
Thanks for posting this! and maybe also good to mention it on the AoH emaillist - if you are part of that of course... Thanks,