Art of Hosting0 0 25/03/2014
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’.
I first learned about Art of Hosting as an approach to group participation in 2008. I was working for WWF and we had created a stakeholder dialogue project aimed at bringing together people working on food in different sectors to create change. We didn’t really know how to go about this and we were introduced to three strategic practitioners, Maria Scordialos, Sarah Whiteley and Simone Poutnik who were to guide us over the next few years.
I was already trained as a facilitator in consensus dialogue and was intrigued by the core practices used in the Art of Hosting – a blend of practices such as Open Space, World Cafe and many others. I attended my first course in 2009 at Hazelwood House in Devon and then took part in a course in Belgium in 2010 as part of a team bringing Tasting the Future and the Finance Innovation Lab as an example of the methods in practice.
Since then, I have been involved in running an introduction to Art of Hosting as part of the Tasting the Future project, was an apprentice in the hosting team for a full Art of Hosting training in Norfolk in 2012 and part of the core team delivering an Introduction to Art of Hosting in Bristol this June.Design, Harvesting, Methods, Space Holding, Training, Worldview