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Art of Hosting and organisations

From the email list, starting late 2018:On Dec 20, 2018, at 2:43 AM, Monica Nissen <> wrote: And I still have a working assumption that the four-fold practise is…Continue

Tags: education, systems, organisations

Started Jan 7, 2019

On stewarding

from email exchanges, summer 2017:Toke Paludan Møller <> wrote:On the Art of stewarding.Friends, these are my reflections…Continue

Tags: stewardship, stewarding, steward

Started Aug 8, 2017

Open tenders for AoH trainings

From the emaillist, Aug.2017:Dear friends,This might be a bit of a strange request/question but it makes sense to me to place it here amongst this diverse group of stewards and matesHave you or How…Continue

Tags: collaboration, competition, tender

Started Aug 7, 2017

Self-management & public administration -> AoH practitioners as artists

A thread on the AoH emaillist that is worth keeping - many great topics were raised!!!!July 2017: Tatiana Glad <>…Continue

Tags: Laloux, Wilber, eurocentric, institutions, public

Started Aug 2, 2017


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Hello Art of Hosting friends!

Together with Rowan I am your Art of Hosting Community Coordinator and Host!
You may have received an invitation to join this online community and maybe a note of welcome from me; or somebody else who invited you. This is a self-directing and self-organising community and there will be many others who are also caring for this online space. Maybe you?
If you need anything, or have any questions, if you are being disturbed by anyone here or notice something we should be aware of, please contact Rowan or myself (you can leave a comment here or send me an email). Thanks!

I hope you enjoy yourself here and share and learn a lot!

Latest Activity

Ria Baeck replied to Pamela Barit Nolan's discussion 'Online Manual'
"Hello Pamela!I think it would be better that you reach out to the team that organised the training you were in. Here, on this platform, you are not going to find an answer to your question.(there is hardly anyone on this platform these days... )With…"
Aug 16, 2020
Maartje joined Ria Baeck's group

Research Group

Because more and more AoH practitioners are doing research - many times on their own - and they want to connect... It all started with some emails... (click link below)Maybe, at some point, a joint research project will emerge...See More
Aug 3, 2020
Ria Baeck replied to Jennifer Trujillo Obando's discussion 'Invitation to AoH (Spanish and Portuguese speaker) practioners to join the educational offer for the incubation of sustainable settlements' in the group AoH Brasil
"Hello Jenifer, Nice to see you are active here! but do know that hardly anyone is visiting this site these days.Better to put your message on the AoH FB group and/or via the email list. I don't know if there are separate Spanish or Portugese…"
May 27, 2020
Fiona Dubois joined Ria Baeck's group

Collective Story Harvest

A group to bring together all the new ideas and projects around the practice of Collective Story Harvest.See More
Nov 18, 2019
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Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions

After some years of bringing Art of Hosting - Art of Participatory Leadership - into the European Commission, it was spreading into the Commission and other institutions - time to reflect collectively on the learnings so far and look forward on what is the direction and next steps into the future. (started in Nov. 2011)See More
Nov 18, 2019
Annamaria Erdei commented on Ria Baeck's group 'Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions'
"Paolo Martinez, if you are in Brussels you are also very welcome to join the Thursday morning coffee circle conversations happening every Thursday between 8.30 - 9.30 a.m. in the basement of the Exki cafe on Rond point Schuman. We also have a…"
Jul 15, 2019
Ria Baeck commented on Ria Baeck's group 'Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions'
"Hello Paolo Martinez,You might have noticed that not much exchange of information or stories has been going on here.If you want to know more about what is happening in the EU institutions, it might be easier to connect on the AoH FB group and ask…"
Jul 15, 2019
Paolo Martinez commented on Ria Baeck's group 'Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions'
"Hello, I just Joined the AoH and am curious to discover the groups and activities. I am still orienteering in the different spaces and decided to join this group on the Art of Participatory Leadership in the EU institutions. Can someone guide me and…"
Jul 14, 2019
Paolo Martinez joined Ria Baeck's group

Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions

After some years of bringing Art of Hosting - Art of Participatory Leadership - into the European Commission, it was spreading into the Commission and other institutions - time to reflect collectively on the learnings so far and look forward on what is the direction and next steps into the future. (started in Nov. 2011)See More
Jul 14, 2019
Francois Knuchel joined Ria Baeck's group
May 3, 2019
Ria Baeck and Sebastian Gottschlich are now friends
Apr 9, 2019

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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I did my first Art of Hosting training in The Netherlands in 2005, and called and organised the first one in Belgium in 2006; followed by a next one in 2008. There was an immediate feeling, that this was what I had to do and connect with.
Since 2009 we are building a Community of Practice in Vlaanderen/Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. We did an AoH Training, but are now experimenting with Open Learning Days around a specific theme (Participation, Transition), which are quite succesful.
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
The art of hosting conversations runs through my whole life; and is everywhere present in the work that I do - which has many faces. I'm one of the Stewards of this AoH network, and I'm fascinated by what is the energetic of what we do - what are we doing when we are holding space? This evolved into a circle of stewards which are holding the energetic core of the network; still very new and fresh in this network.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
I have three fields of passion: supporting the AoH work in Belgium/Flanders; hosting the whole of the network and its knowledge; and connecting research and building research capacity within the network.
Where do you live/work?
I live in Belgium and work wherever I am called.
Would you like to share a web address?
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I'm interested and fascinated by everything that is 'on the edge', but always in an embodied way. This has initiated Women Moving the Edge, out of which slowly is a book emerging...

Ria Baeck's Blog

Reflections after revolution in Spain

Shared by Toke Moeller, after Agota Rsuza had written a report on the AoH emaillist about what she experienced in Madrid, on May 21, 2011.
Thank you Agota for sharing this moment in Madrid.....with us. 
It inspires me to let some words from the heart flow....
Transformation thru listening
Thru circle
Thru opening the space
in The squares
In The Streets 
In The minds
In The…

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 5:48am

Lessons from a Journey of Collaboration

“Building Together for Our Children”: Lessons from a Journey of Collaboration
I enjoyed reading this report of insights and learnings by Marianne Knuth, of a process she facilitated in South Africa. It was posted (Dec 9th, 2010) on the…

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 2:40pm

Practical Mystics

Posted on December 24, 2010 at 9:27am

The Art of Weaving

I came across a nice blog post on the Art of Weaving; really worthwhile reading!

Here is one of the first paragraphs:

"Weaving, the principal leadership practice in Network Organizing, is an intentional practice of helping people connect to information, opportunity, each other and, most importantly, their own personal power. Weavers do this by opening new…


Posted on December 18, 2010 at 4:09pm

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At 8:00am on February 26, 2015, Lara said…

Dag Ria,

ja, ik was op de 3daagse in Planica, Slovenia vorig jaar. En ik heb ervan genoten. In zekere zin is m'n AoH leerreis heel erg verbonden met dat mooie land aan de andere kant van de Alpen. Ik stuur je dadelijk mn adres, dan kan je me op die geheimzinnige lijst zetten :) Hartelijke groet, L

At 6:10pm on February 24, 2015, Lara said…

Over dadelen gesproken...

Ken je timerepublik al? Dat is ook een startend netwerk, zoals dadelen, maar dan wereldwijd, met minuten ipv dadels :) Ik vindt vooral leuk dat het zo internationaal is. Helaas hebben ze in't het aanbod 'facilitator, procesbegeleider, etc. -nog- niet opgenomen. 

At 6:07pm on February 24, 2015, Lara said…

Dag Ria,

dat ken ik :) we ontmoetten elkaar daarna trouwens nog kort op de Dadel-dag in het Kaaitheater...

je mag me zeker toevoegen aan de lijst van activelingen in Vlaanderen. Ik woon nog tot eind maart in Spanje, en daarna vertrek ik naar Duitsland, maar ik kom nog vaak (en graag) naar 'huis'. Ik wil de komende tijd heel graag meer ontwikkellen en vooral-doen- met AoH en je mag me ook zeker contacteren als je helpende handen (& hart & hoofd) nodig hebt!

groet, Lara

At 5:00am on July 24, 2012, Anne Guillaume said…

Thank you. Good to hear from you - hoping you're doing well !

Have a nice summer. 


At 11:53am on July 20, 2012, Sophie Lijnen said…

Hallo Ria, Dank je wel voor de groepslinken. En ja, ik probeer me inderdaad uit te drukken in het NL ;-)



At 3:56am on February 15, 2012, Amanda Fenton said…

Looks great! Here is the PDF... please feel free to email it out to the listserv (I would love to let Chris tell the broader community about the CoP; it has been close to his heart for much longer than me).




At 1:34am on February 10, 2012, Amanda Fenton said…

Hi Ria! Have a look at the attached - let me know if that captured your ideas? And please do post it wherever it would be helpful.

AoH Ning Helper



At 6:57am on January 21, 2012, Marc-Antoine Sammarcelli said…

Hello Ria,

I had to clean my blog.

That's why I deleted an article talking about Pro Action Café.

But if you want, I can send it to you.

I Still have this article on my blog :


At 12:04pm on December 28, 2011, Marc-Antoine Sammarcelli said…

Hello Ria,

I Have troubles with my blog and I'll tell you when it works again.


At 2:25pm on December 16, 2011, Agota Eva Ruzsa said… skype is agotahungary...



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