What are all the things you think about and take care of when you invite people for a little party? Lots of decisions and many invisible actions are happening beforehand. In the English language there is a nice word that captures this all: hosting. But you cannot only host parties, also conversations and collective learning processes benefit from good hosting. And it is not the same as 'facilitating the meeting'. Can you image you would facilitate a dinner with friends or family? Hosting is different, it goes deeper and is beyond facilitation.
The term Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter contains many elements: the convening, inviting, holding and guiding the conversations. This hosting practice and methodology is also known as art of participatory leadership.
In participatory leadership we want, just as in a succesful party, that everyone can join in, feels safe and OK.
As a host, you learn:
- to take care that everyone is really listening to each other
- to take care that a dialogue can happen from where novel ideas and solutions sprout, so that every participant feels enriched
- how to learn together, as a collective; be it an organisation, a neighborhood, a school or a company
Art of Hosting is crucial in supporting Agile/lean transformations, both in small and big companies.
In this evening session we will give you an overview of what this participatory leadership entails: mental models, a couple of methodologies like World Café and Appreciative Inquiry and we will give some examples of application.