*UPDATE: Next Art of Hosting Training is Nov 6-8 in Olympia, WA. Discounted tuition and partial scholarships available for Transition organizers.*
Social Architecture is Needed to Support Dreams
Through the Art of Hosting (AoH) we are learning that a social architecture is needed to support citizen movements. In chaos. In complexity. Whether in response to peak oil, climate change, or other crises, this is an age that requires participation. “We need leaders to build relationships and trust rather than fragmentation and fear,” says our friend Tim Merry. We are all learning that thought there is no shortage of passion, many social activists have become exhausted. There is need for process, social architecture, to act from passion. To help groups be inspired together. To see together what can’t be seen alone. To create together what can’t be created alone.
The Art of Hosting Helps Transition Movements
Like Transition, The Art of Hosting is a commitment to working together and individually at scale on behalf of a world in significant change. It is participative process -- engagement as a system -- to catalyze shared perspective and action. It is large and small group methodologies that bring people into deeper relationship and commitment together. It is a set of models and world views to reclaim democratic process and action. Emergence, self-organization, and living systems inspire the work.
The Art of Hosting Connects People Working on What Matters
The Art of Hosting is a way to help people be smart together, thoughtful together, and heartful together. Practiced worldwide, it is a pattern of: 1) co-learning and sensing together; 2) building and strengthening lasting relationships, and 3) rolling up our sleeves together to get to work with the experiments, offerings, and practices needed now.
Trainings For Transition Leaders and Activists
With appreciation for a grant from The Threshold Foundation, and administration by The Meadowlark Institute, we are creating events to help weave together more people translocally from Transition and other related movements. These are three-day trainings to strengthen participative leadership skills needed to shift ourselves and communities around the planet in change. These are also customized events to connect others in sustainability efforts.
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A Few Art of Hosting Practitioners Creating and Hosting These Events:
Chris Corrigan, Harvest Moon Consulting; Nancy Fritsche Egan, People Potential; Kathy Jourdain, Shape Shift Strategies; Kelly McGowan, Going Upstream; Tim Merry, Myrgan; Jerry Nagel, Meadowlark Institute; Teresa Posakony, Emerging Wisdom; Carolyne Stayton, Transition US; Bob Stilger, New Stories; Tenneson Woolf, Tenneson Woolf Consulting