10 takeaways Art of Hosting


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Finally made it to Art of Hosting training, and here 10 my key takeaways from it. I thin you should take a chance as well, since it's so powerful for engaging people to conversations that matter.

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10 takeaways Art of Hosting

  1. 1. My 10 key takeaways from Art of Hosting training at Karlskrona, Sweden Experienced and written by Henna Kääriäinen henna@banana.fi www.banana.fi2. huhtikuuta 12
  2. 2. 1. There is something concrete in the circle. • I didn’t go to AoH on my first chance at 2010 because I was fed up with sitting in a circle and talking about unconcrete things, and my fear was that AoH would be full of that. Eventually I got over that circle overdose, and nowadays I believe the participative and conversational working methods are very concrete, relevant and most efficient for committing people to your projects. AoH Karlskrona showed that once again.2. huhtikuuta 12
  3. 3. 2. From hero to host • At every possible moment in AoH training there’s a request for you to stand up and invite people to work with you. The idea is to train hosts, while the sometimes popular hero-leaders are not appearing, or should not appear, in the room. • A host is someone who ignites and holds the space for conversation. Host is not a hero- leader, but merely an equal with an intention.2. huhtikuuta 12
  4. 4. 3. AoH happens in a global context & global community • AoH is a global network. Therefore the conversations we’ll have in on our first AoH Finland for example, will expand globally via the international participants, the harvesting sites and the online presence of the community. • Examples of the global AoH are the 1000 tables dialgues in Israel & all over the world using the Art of Hosting practices.2. huhtikuuta 12
  5. 5. 4. Every moment is a chance to stand up and host • Since the day one we were asked to co-host sessions, eg. Open Space and Pro Action Cafe together with the experienced hosts. Co- hosting means that you have a chance to learn how to conduct such an activity. • Aside of that any participant could still stand up and host a session in eg. Open Space or Pro Action Café.2. huhtikuuta 12
  6. 6. 5. The ”nugget” is our own stories - bring up yours. • The most useful thing for me in the training was ur working with stories. We worked both with our own stories in Appreciative Incuiry, and also with others stories in a storytelling workshop. My takeaway is that the world is made of stories, not atoms. (like Mary-Alice Arthur said) • Storytellers work on the field of sense making. It all makes sense when it’s connected with a story. Stories lead the world.2. huhtikuuta 12
  7. 7. 6. You’ll learn a bunch of new useful tools • Tools you learn for facilitating group dialogues and for leading change are great, but in fact they’re just a secondary value in the treat - most important is that the gathering hosts conversations that matter, and that you bring up and host conversations that matter to You. • As said in the point 3. AoH is international, and the conversations we have eg. in Finland will travel to the world via AoH community.2. huhtikuuta 12
  8. 8. 7. It’s all about hosting conversations that matter • If you want to have a specific conversation that matters or move on with your personal project, bring it on the AoH. • At AoH training you can ignite a global conversation on the thing that matters. Because on the network the conversations we’ll have in one place will expand globally via the international participants, the harvesting sites and the online presence of the community.2. huhtikuuta 12
  9. 9. 8. Harvesting gives a meaning • Whatever you talk and do with your project is in danger to stay in the air and be forgotten by your team and community unless you pay attention to harvesting it. • Harvesting is something taken out of any conversation that gives a meaning to that group.2. huhtikuuta 12
  10. 10. 9. Give some of your skills to the use of everyone • Songs, poems, stories, videos, photos, installations, situational photo shows...anything can come and give a meaning for the whole crew of participants, and you’ll get to practice your practice as a practitioner: win-win-win.2. huhtikuuta 12
  11. 11. 10. Art of Hosting training makes you know where are you standing • It kicks you to look into yourself, think about yourself in relation to others and expose your thoughts to others continuously. • As a result you get connected with your firmest position (in life, between projects, physically) and find out how to stand there.2. huhtikuuta 12
  12. 12. Art of Hosting training happens for the first time in Finland in 3 weeks 23-25 April 2012, at Otavan opisto, Mikkeli Hosted by Toke, Monica & Piret and Ville it’s sure a pure AoH at it’s core. Check more and sign in at: http://aohsuomi.wordpress.com/ For any questions, notes & ideas about these slides, feel free to contact: henna@banana.fi, www.banana.fi2. huhtikuuta 12