Art of Hosting

and Harvesting Conversations That Matter


Here is a collection of articles that touches upon some of the key themes of The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter and Participatory Leadership.

From Hero to Host: A Story of Citizenship in Columbus, Ohio

From Hero to Host, part of a book written by Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, and telling the story of how Art of Hosting practice has been applied in Columbus Ohio. By Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley, 2010

Core Practices of Life-Affirming Leaders

Here are some of the behaviors and practices of leaders who are able to nourish and evoke the best qualities in people. By doing so, these leaders affirm life’s capacities to self-organize in creative, sustainable, and generous ways. An article by Margaret Wheatley.

Leadership in the Age of Complexity

For too long, too many of us have been entranced by heroes. Perhaps it’s our desire to be saved, to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. An article by Margaret Wheatley

Participatory engagement

Full title: From consultation to participatory engagement: a concept paper and design plan for creating ownership and activating leaders in community engagement initiatives. An article by Chris Corrigan.

The Art of Hosting story, Following the Life Energy

An excerpt from a book by Peggy Holman, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

Hosting in a hurry

Putting the Art of Hosting into practice. A quick reference for convening conversations that matter. An article by Chris Corrigan

Are we asking the right questions?

Questions have surprising power to improve our lives, say a group of thinkers, if only we take the trouble to figure out how they work. An article that appeared in the Boston Globe on what it does to ask questions. By Leon Neyfakh for The Boston Globe

Conversation as core Business process

Consider for a moment, that the most widespread and pervasive learning in your organization may not happen in training rooms, conference rooms or boardrooms, but in the cafeteria, the hallways and the cafe across the street. Written by Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, co-founders of World Café

Leadership is a conversation

The command-and-control approach to management has in recent years become less and less viable. Globalization, new technologies, and changes in how companies create value and interact with customers have sharply reduced the efficacy of a purely directive, top-down model of leadership. What will take the place of that model? Part of the answer lies in how leaders manage communication within their organizations. By Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind for Harvard Business Review

The Future of Work: the Art of Collaborative Leadership

Written by Monique Svazlian, for The Huffington Post