We believe that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them – in work and life. The Art of Hosting is a suite of powerful conversational processes and practices that invite people to step in and respond to the challenges facing them in creative, authentic, innovative and effective ways.
Built on the core values of trust, collaboration and accountability, the approach has been used to facilitate deep conversations with groups, from small groups to hundreds of people at a time,and address complex situations in a way that delivers alignment and actionable outcomes.
Groups, organisations and communities using Art of Hosting as a working practice report better collaboration and decision-making, more innovation, greater ability to quickly respond to opportunity, challenge and change, and improved relationships.
People who experience the Art of Hosting typically say that they walk away feeling more inspired and empowered and more able to help guide the meetings and conversations they are part of to move towards desirable outcomes.
This is a hands-on, intensive 3 day learning experience. Join us to:
Deepen your insight into participatory leadership and working with emergence and complexity.
Learn ways to create and hold spaces where people are invited to unlock their full potential and make valuable contributions.
Practice a set of simple yet powerful approaches for designing and hosting (facilitating) powerful conversations, engagement processes and meetings.
Learn and experience key practices and tools for collaboration such as Appreciative Inquiry, World Cafe, Open Space, Collective Story Harvesting, Circle Practice and Designing for Wiser Action. We will also learn about practices, concepts and methodologies such as next stage or ‘Teal’ organisations, Theory U and more.
Discover the Art of Harvesting - visually capturing and making sense of meetings and conversations for clarity, learning, growth and wise action.
Apply what you are learning directly to the change projects that are important to you, your community or organisation.
Tackle your key challenges. You are invited to bring in and work on your own challenges, and apply what you are learning directly to the change projects that are important to you. This training offers a safe space to enhance your personal leadership skills and a unique opportunity for deep learning in a diverse group.
Leave with clear insights and practices to increase collaboration and innovation and translate ideas into wiser action. You will leave with an understanding of tools, frameworks and worldviews that will enable you to work with complex challenges and opportunities in your work, community and personal life.
Join a diverse group of people ready to learn and work together. You will also become part of and have access to a national and global network of practitioners.
"As an educator in a progressive institution, I have found the theory and practice of the Art of Hosting tremendously valuable as they increase the potential for learning and can create - when well used - a safe space where the learners' assumptions can surface. Some of the key insights about leadership for sustainability on the learning journeys of our MSLS students depend so much on the quality of the conversations we host, and such learning moments I believe would not happen without skillful use of AoH techniques." Marco Valente, course co-lead at Master for Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, Sweden "The Art of hosting is a process that helped me not to fear chaos" Dutch Banker
"This is the best training I have had in the 20 years I have worked in the European Commission." Senior manager in the European Commission, Belgium
“I have been facilitating groups for over 30 years, but the Art of Hosting provided a new approach to engaging people around their most cherished values and working together for the common good.” Art of Hosting participant
"I am consistently surprised how valuable the Art of Hosting training has been. Working in the spaces of environmental sustainability and community mobilisation, I now have the right tools to host myself to host communities, and for them to then host others and more communities. It's provided me with access and peace of mind when leading community mobilisation projects in Landcare. These courses are a hands down must do if you want to create change" Naomi Edwards, National Young Landcare Ambassador / Co-founder of Intrepid Landcare, Australia
"(This training) was a really great way to start my work year and has given me inspiration and a fresh way of working with people; already I am using the group work techniques in my work. Mostly however I am inspired by the Art of Asking Questions and developing my curiosity." Rose Brown, Community Leadership Manager, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Australia