background preloader

Art of Hosting

Facebook Twitter

Pattern entrainment is one of our biggest problems – Chris Corrigan. In the last year of applying Cynefin theory to my practice I’v e made a few conclusions about things.

Pattern entrainment is one of our biggest problems – Chris Corrigan

One of these is that what Dave Snowdon calls “pattern entrainment” is probably our achilles heel as a species. Pattern entrainment is the idea that once our brains learn something, it is very difficult to break that knowledge. Power-of-a-Good-Question. Power-of-a-Good-Question. A Design Narrative for Three Days. Last week I worked with my partner Teresa Posakony, three good people from The Athena Group — Faith Trimble, Paul Horton, Steve Byers, and one “apprentice,” Ali Kingfisher who has worked many years in government, who is already a gifted host.

A Design Narrative for Three Days

Our offering together was a 3-day, The Art of Participative Leadership: Building Cultures of Innovation and Collective Impact. Our process for working together as a team includes phone calls leading up to the event. We plan together. Capacity Building - What are we learning about apprenticeship? - Google Docs. Itasca County, MN – Art of Hosting Works – Background, Application and Impact. In just over one year, community citizens of Itasca County, who were not familiar with the term Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter, went from showing up at the first three day training in November 2013 with a healthy mix of curiosity and scepticism, to hosting a one day community wide conversation at the first ever Grand Gathering of Itasca County just one year later that attracted over 85 people who engaged in 50+ conversations that mattered over a five hour period.

Itasca County, MN – Art of Hosting Works – Background, Application and Impact

How does a community do this? By being passionate about influencing their future and believing it is possible. Participants understand that good community conversations on important issues offer everyone who shows up the opportunity to speak openly and without fear, to be listened to authentically and respectfully, and to leave feeling an ownership in the outcomes of their conversations. Stealth Hosting. Inevitably in an Art of Hosting training someone will ask about how to bring AoH patterns and practices to a group or organization that is not familiar with AoH and may not be ready to receive them with open arms.

Stealth Hosting

When we say, “That is when you use ‘stealth hosting’”, people laugh and the room lights up. Jerry Nagel and I, and colleagues we co-host with regularly, almost always start an AoH training with PeerSpirit circle practice. It sets the tone for the whole training. While most people love entering this space, find the opening practices thoughtful and calm, slowing the frenetic pace many are caught up in, inviting people to take a breath, to show up in the fullness of who they are, the thought of bringing it to their organization, understandably, gives them pause. Art of Hosting uses language that is not a part of the organizational cultures many people work in, that is not familiar and can sound strange.


Learning the Edges: Reflections on Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics. Three of us at percolab (Samantha, Paul, and myself) attended the Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics training in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia (May 15-17, 2014).

Learning the Edges: Reflections on Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics

These three days were intended as a privileged space for all of us to go deeper into our work. What was offered to us was the opportunity to join into the enquiry of seasoned Art of Hosting practitioners: Tuesday Ryan-Hart, Chis Corrigan, Tim Merry, and Caitlyn Frost. All four are exploring the recurring themes and patterns in their own work. We were invited to delve how these themes inform our own work and our practice as hosts – and maybe even poke into what makes us uncomfortable.

Learning edges: Depth, Breadth, Power, and Friendship The program was inspired by questioning: How do we explore beyond the borders of our work and edge into discovering what we do not know? What does working with depth mean? The words “scale up” or “scale out” have crept into much of the language we use – especially around social innovation, stated Chris. Learning the Edges: Reflections on Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics. Un processus d’innovation produit pour réinventer l’expérience de classe nature.

En février dernier, l’équipe de Grisvert a été mandaté pour accompagner le Collège Letendre dans la création d’un nouveau concept de classe nature pour ses installations à Villégiature Matawinie.

Un processus d’innovation produit pour réinventer l’expérience de classe nature

Quel beau projet qu’est celui de refaire vivre la magie des classes nature, ce symbole qui a marqué nos années du primaire et du secondaire! Afin de cocréer le nouveau concept de classe nature, des professionnels oeuvrant dans des industries connexes ou complémentaires telles que le plein air, la culture et le tourisme, le milieu scolaire et parascolaire, etc., ont été réunis.

Sans oublier ceux qui étaient au coeur de notre démarche : les étudiants! Dans ce billet, nous vous proposons de nous suivre dans cette aventure à travers le processus d’innovation produit que nous avons utilisé pour réinventer l‘expérience de la classe nature à Villégiature Matawinie. Par ailleurs, sachez qu’un second article sur l’innovation comme levier de performance organisationnelle est à venir. Valoriser et honorer l’expertise dans les processus participatifs. Comme beaucoup de praticiens des méthodes collaboratives, nous sommes parfois confrontés à la difficulté de concilier le rôle des experts avec les processus d’intelligence collective.

Valoriser et honorer l’expertise dans les processus participatifs

Il n’en demeure pas moins que les experts sont présents et ils détiennent parfois des connaissances susceptibles de nourrir le processus. Valoriser et honorer l’expertise dans les processus participatifs. Valoriser et honorer l’expertise dans les processus participatifs. The Art of Participatory Leadership. I had the opportunity to participate in a gathering called The Art of Participatory Leadership, which is defined as "an intensive 3-day event where you experience and practice a set of simple, yet powerful, processes for building community, facilitating powerful conversations, building strong partnerships, and leading change.

The Art of Participatory Leadership

" While I have experienced several of the approaches before, such as World Café, what I discovered was that when a group is together for several days in this kind of generative space there is a fundamentally different quality and impact of the experience. In contrast, the typical way that meetings are structured (e.g., a tight agenda focused on efficiently reaching desired outcomes) feels like a constraining straightjacket in terms of how much creativity, connection and innovation is actually possible within any group. Here are some of the qualities of what I experienced that were highlights:

Host yourself

The Art of Complex Problem Solving. Storytelling in Social Leadership – a first draft. We need a new style of leadership for the Social Age: a style that is based upon our ability to collaborate and share within communities, to create meaning in the moment, to build our personal reputation and rely on this (more than hierarchical forms of power) to get things done.

Storytelling in Social Leadership – a first draft

Social leadership is about ethical decision making and acting with integrity and transparency to deliver the promises of a new social contract, where employer and employee both need to find value. We need to shape stories, find the core narrative, rehearse the words then release them into the community There are three core areas within my NET model of social leadership: ‘narrative‘, ‘engagement‘ and ‘technology‘. Each area has three individual components and, through a series of articles, i’m exploring each one in turn. Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity. Photography: Webb Chappell Over nearly four decades, Ellen Langer’s research on mindfulness has greatly influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology.

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

It reveals that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on auto-pilot, we can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. Her “counterclockwise” experiments, for example, demonstrated that elderly men could improve their health by simply acting as if it were 20 years earlier. In this interview with senior editor Alison Beard, Langer applies her thinking to leadership and management in an age of increasing chaos.

Reflections on Art of Hosting and the Commons. Link between Art of Hosting and Commons - The Art of Hosting. ‎ Make Sense/Hold Up Introduction. How to organize a MakeSense Hold-Up ? Hold-ups are the offline ( or in real life ) part of MakeSense. The objective of the hold-up is to connect Social Entrepreneurs with supercool individuals so that they invent solutions and take up their challenges .Concretely A hold-up is a 1h30 creativity workshop which gather 15 persons maximum and which focus on solving a concrete challenge of a Social Entrepreneurs featured on MakeSense. This event leverage of the MakeSense and host communities to activate people so that they take up the challenges of a Social Entrepreneur.

The hold-up use specific creative methods depending on the types of challenges. Sustaining the results - AoH BTB. Permaculture Research Institute - Permaculture Forums, Courses, Information, News and Worldwide Reports. Photo by Lisa DePiano Permaculture as a movement has most of the knowledge, tools and resources that we need to create a regenerative society in the physical sense.

Just Google ‘passive solar design’ or ‘aquaculture’ and you will find hundreds of books, articles and how-tos. Dans la boîte. Leadership? The Future of Leading…the art of hosting. Is it possible to lead and be led at the same time? Might the leader be the quietest person in the room; invisible, even? What happens when there are no pre-agreed rules of engagement amongst those that you are leading? Does chaos or harmony ensue? IAF Methods Database. Leadership in Age of Complexity - Leadership-in-Age-of-Complexity.pdf.


Collective story harvest. Monique Svazlian, CPCC: The Future of Work: the Art of Collaborative Leadership. The way we work is shifting. We see that in subtle ways and other times in not so subtle ways. Even traditional companies like Deloitte are investing in people development , realizing that it is the best resource they have to stay ahead of the curve. A list of methods, tools, and resources for harvesting (5-23-13).docx. Collective Agency. Organisations vivantes. It's not Magic, It's Your Creatively Unique Purpose. How to structure, design and understand collaboration. Video: Monica spricht über "What is special about AoH?" - the Art of Hosting Wien.

World Café… des conversations significatives sur des questions importantes « Carrefour de l'innovation sociale. Limits of Conversational Structure. The Art Of Collaboration. (image via mackink) [A version of this post also appeared on the Social Innovation Generation blog] We removed our wet boots at the entrance to L’Espace La Fontaine on a typical snowy February morning in Montreal. Located in the middle of a park with a skate rental shop downstairs and a frozen lake nearby, the upstairs of the building had been transformed to host about 115 men and women to participate in The Art of Hosting – a three-day workshop exploring how to create spaces for meaningful conversations.

In the wake of 2012 Quebec university student protests, the participants were eager to tackle social problems with fresh ideas.