I'm immersed in some harvesting out of our very busy field of participatory leadership at the European Commission. We sense we're approaching some kind of tipping point, as our practice matures and the readiness to invite participation grows throughout our organisation. There will soon be 1000 colleagues and collaborators (in the best sense!!) who have gone through the 3-day entry-level training, and each new event is heavily over-subscribed. There are still plenty of challenges to face, but I want to share with you a reflection I wrote a few weeks ago about the state of play in our field, which I have now posted over on our group on the Art of Hosting Ning site:
We've been a bit remiss in keeping the global community informed of what we've been up to in the Commission. Part of that is because we have a few bad habits around 'transparency', and part of it is because this work is still being done on a shoestring when it comes to resources, so finding time to do adequate harvesting is always difficult. However, I am very aware of the value that our learning and experience in such a 'tough' context can have for our mates out there in all the many other contexts where hosting is practiced with such love, courage and dedication, so I, for one, intend to make more of an effort to feed back our experience into the field.
In that spirit, I also attach a piece of harvest from a 3-day practitioners' gathering we carved out for ourselves at the end of last year. May it serve the greater whole. (sorry, too big to attach it here!)