The Art of Hosting

November 2011 Blog Posts (6)

Workshop invitation: Inspiring Change - Best Practices for Green Education (All costs covered!)

Creating Holistic Learning Experiences and Teaching Sustainable Lifestyle

A holistic training experience for all staff in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the living and learning place 'Ecovillage of Sieben Linden'

10/06/2012 - 17/06/2012

We are excited to offer a EU wide workshop opportunity for professionals in the field of sustainability where real life examples, hands on training, action learning and…


Added by Jonathan on November 25, 2011 at 4:03am — No Comments

Accountants Need Circles Too...

I've been hosting conversations among young leaders at a Big Four accounting firm, holding space for them to develop a greater sense of self-leadership--it has been a living laboratory for me...and a dream-like environment to do this kind of work in...but most grateful for the new relationships and deep bonds being formed....

Added by Kevin A. Johnson on November 23, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments

Shaping Questions for Powerful Check-in and Check-out Processes

Check-in and check-out processes are not just frivolous time wasters in our meetings.  If they feel that way, something is probably  missing.

Wicked questions help shape powerful processes. The shaping of questions in a thoughtful, purposeful and intentional manner increases the likelihood of them being powerful. This is the second post on powerful questions, the first one contained  general thoughts about…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on November 16, 2011 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Shaping Powerful Questions

One of the most asked questions at, and after, any Art of Hosting training is about the questions.  Developing powerful questions is a crucial element to creating the conversational space we are seeking.  People are…


Added by Kathy Jourdain on November 16, 2011 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Chaordic Stepping Stones: Notes

Chaordic Stepping Stones: Notes

Name derived from Dee Hock, Visa CEO; embracing chaos and creative order.

When individual purpose becomes social (event and process planning)

Nine steps of project management

Need, purpose, principles, people—the first four steps; collectively, the invitation; iterative.

•Create buzz, excitement with the invitation; pitch it

•Articulate your need; if the need isn’t valid, pressing, relevant, you have no…


Added by Charles Thrasher on November 7, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Cynefin Framework: Notes

Cynefin: Welsh word for the place of multiple belonging



•Cause and effect relationships easily identified

•Stable, repeatable conditions

•Known solutions

•Process re-engineering

•Best practices

Methodology: Sense making > categorize > respond


•Cause and effect relationships obscure, complicated

•Realm of expert advice

• Multiple potential solutions requiring domain expertise



Added by Charles Thrasher on November 7, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments


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