Learning Experience: The Art of Hosting

Jun 13, 2019

Art of Hosting - and harvesting conversations that matter


  • Aligning communities and conversations
  • Collaboration tool

Do you experience meetings that waste time, conversations that feel more like debates, and invitations to input which turn out to be something altogether different?  People want to contribute, but they can’t see how.  Leaders want contribution, but they don’t know how to get it.

This learning experience was recommended by Kerstin Wilmans.

The Art of Hosting is a highly effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size.  Based on the assumption that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them – in work as in life – the Art of Hosting blends a suite of powerful conversational processes to invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them.

 

Using all the ingredients of good conversation

So why is conversation so powerful?  Conversation, more than any other form of human interaction, is the place where we learn, exchange ideas, offer resources and create innovation.  The Art of Hosting offers a blend of some of the most powerful methods to create open and meaningful conversation that leads to commitment and good results.  Working with a range of collaborative methods – like Circle, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, ProAction Café, storytelling and more – practitioners can tailor the approach to their context and purpose.

An art that takes practice and care

But this is more than a suite of methods – it is also a practice.  They call it The Art of Hosting, because it is an art to become skillful at helping ourselves and others work well together, especially in these times of increasing complexity.  They talk about hosting, because what is offered here is not a typical facilitation or moderated session.  It gives attention and care to all aspects of people’s work together, intending to host them in being successful, just as any person welcoming guests will make sure they have everything they need to make their visit fruitful.

The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter takes into account the whole process – all the preparations before the participants come together, what happens while they are working together, and how the results of their conversation – the ‘harvest’ – support next steps that are coherent for their purpose and context.

Check The Art of Hosting website or see if there is an upcoming training near you!

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