Art of Hosting

and Harvesting Conversations That Matter

Art of Hosting Trainings

Here is a listing of upcoming Art of Hosting trainings worldwide – mostly 3-day events where you are immersed in and learn about the basics of Art of Hosting. Some of these trainings have a specific focus on top of the general training, mostly mentioned in the calling question.

There might be other events mentioned in this list, but they will all have entry-level quality (so no previous experience required) and will rely heavily on the Art of Hosting DNA for its design.

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26 February - 28 February 2018, Canberra, Australia

Art of Hosting Canberra

What becomes possible when we learn to skilfully practise generative conversation?

Our world needs generative conversations - conversations capable of producing something new and supporting its development - more than ever. In an era of increasing complexity and big challenges, many of us are looking for new ways to engage in respectful conversations that generate deep collaboration and thoughtful action. 

The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter (also known as the Art of Participatory Leadership) training offers simple and powerful participatory practices, patterns and processes. These approaches have been used effectively in government, non-government and community contexts worldwide to enable the inclusion of diverse perspectives for better outcomes.

We warmly invite you to join us for a 3-day training event in the heart of the Australian capital, where politics are debated and policy is enacted, where people bring their voices to be heard, and international representation is located - the centre of decision-making for this big, beautiful land. Together we will discover how we can create and host spaces for collaborative conversations that generate wise action -  in our institutions, organisations, communities and families.

What will we learn, explore and practise?

This training is experiential - you will have opportunities to practise “hosting” various participatory processes and methodologies, through the lens of the invitation question. The training will support you to host more effective, purposeful meetings, and apply collective intelligence in complex systems. The learning includes:

  • Simple and powerful social tools such as: Circle, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Designing for Wiser Action, storytelling and more

  • Complementary models and frameworks including complexity theory and practice, and new organisational forms

  • Authentic presence and leadership, and working with emergence

  • Real world application.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone and everyone who wants to explore the power of collective creativity, intelligence, and collaboration with each other and within their communities

  • Department leaders, policy officers, and program managers

  • Business leaders, social entrepreneurs, community and
    non-profit leaders, community organisers and their teams

  • Next generation leaders and other young activists

  • Politicians and policy advisors.

Hosted by:Jane Geltch, Steve Ryman, Mel Geltch, Moze (Michelle) Crozier, David Newell, Mark Spain, Janet Salisbury, Lyn Stephens

Registration details

$990 - Full fee $770 - Standard fee $550 - Supported fee All fees include GST and the ticketing fee, and tuition and meals during the 3 day training. There are discounts available for groups of 3 or more. You decide what is fair, what you have capacity to pay, or what is within your training budget. Our aim is to support everyone who wants to attend to be there, regardless of their capacity to pay. You will learn more about our collaborative approach to the training economy on our website and ticketing page, and you are welcome to contact us if you would like a conversation about fees. Please consider registering early to support the training to happen.

More information:

Register here

Download the full invitation here