The Art of Hosting

Art of Hosting Nova Scotia


Art of Hosting Nova Scotia

26-28 September 2011 - a mighty gathering of over 120 folks happening at Chocolate Lake, Halifax, Nova Scotia .

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Members: 53
Latest Activity: Sep 6, 2016

Welcome to the AoH - Journal and Resources

Hello and Welcome to the Art of Hosting Halifax!


We are excited you are joining us. Here are some materials to support our learning together:


Please click on the link to download the journal it has many of the world views, methods and mental models that will work with during the 3 days AoH Halifax Journal .


We will be working with #AoHHalifax as our twitter #tag. Start following and contributing!


Prior and during the event we will be uploading the information, outputs and harvest to a posterous site you can see here: .


Please come ready to fully participate, challenge your assumptions and take responsibility of what you care about,


The Hosting Team

Bob, Jim, Susan, Tim, Toke

Conversation Forum

Checking In - Getting to know you ... 11 Replies

Please let us know a little about you so we can all get to meet each other and build a design that is rooted in the needs and esires of all the people coming ... Some questions:Why did you accept the invitation to join this training?What are you…Continue

Started by Tim Merry. Last reply by Gordon Johnson Sep 25, 2011.

Art of Hosting Work happening in Nova Scotia 3 Replies

What work is going on in Nova Scotia that is supported by the Art of Hosting world view and practices? Here's some I know right off the bat - please add more! Nova Scotia Public Health…Continue

Started by Tim Merry. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jan 2, 2013.

Greetings from the AoH in Porto Alegre, Brazil 2 Replies

Friends, as you prepare for the AoH training in NS, there is one just beginning in Porto Alegre.  I feel the threads being woven between the work here and the work in NS.  I arrive back home in Halifax the morning of your last day and am hoping to…Continue

Started by Kathy Jourdain. Last reply by Kathy Jourdain Sep 21, 2011.

Halifax AoH - Posterous Stream

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Comment by Lindsay Corbin on April 11, 2012 at 7:46am

Thanks Tim!

Comment by Tim Merry on April 10, 2012 at 6:38pm

HI Lindsay - you download it here ... and lots of other juicy stuff ...

Hope all is well!


Comment by Lindsay Corbin on April 10, 2012 at 11:01am

Hi Everyone,

The link to the AoH Halifax Journal above is broken- does anyone have an electronic copy they could post here?


Lindsay Corbin

Comment by Tim Merry on September 23, 2011 at 7:59pm

Just had a great conversation in lead up to this gathering - we were talking about outcomes and the worldview that underlies all the Art of Hosting / Participatory Leadership work ... then Peter said " you know it is the understanding of the worldview that allows us to execute the methods and mental models".


Yes - without the worldview and the deeper exploration of how I lead in the world right now - all the methods and mental models can be hollow.

Comment by Gordon Johnson on September 23, 2011 at 12:15pm

What if we asked ourselves what we wanted-surfacing our hopes, dreams and aspirations before making decisions or taking action from a position of power, privilege or influence..... 


Comment by Rachel Caroline Derrah on September 21, 2011 at 5:25pm

What does it mean to IGNITE a CULTURE of CIVIC PARTICIPATION in NS? What would NS be if everyone had the courage/energy/tools to act on their passions & ideas? How would we: share our learnings? collectively learn from our mistakes? celebrate success as a community?


so much potential blossoming...

Comment by Benjamin Aaron Degenhart on September 21, 2011 at 5:02pm
seconding what Ria says - love seeing all you guys joining :) just had the pleasure of approving and welcoming a bunch of you and really get excited about your training next week! sending good vibes and smiles here from Denmark.
Comment by Ria Baeck on September 21, 2011 at 3:59pm
Hé Tim, Sophia and others - you know how to use this space! That feels really good to me - and our online team!
Comment by Sophia Horwitz on September 21, 2011 at 9:24am

How can we think differently about PARTICIPATION & COLLABORATION? How we do engage with citizens outside our comfort zones in the most public of spaces? What catches people in their every day to inspire and provoke intentional creative proaction?

Photo Note: Cole Harbour Creative Community Engagement exercise for HRM Open Space Planning  coming soon...we asked passerbys in cars, tim horton's line ups, skate parks, sports complexes, and strip malls... "What do you love about Cole Harbour?" and "What else is possible here?"

Comment by Tim Merry on September 19, 2011 at 1:25pm

Check out the resources and media tabs at the top if this page for lots more info on the Art of Hosting.


In addition to the journal you can also download the Art of Social Innovation Fieldbook, which gives some good background on some of models and approaches and how they connect to innovation at scale.


Here's a video of Bob Wing on courage which I thought folks might enjoy:



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