Lovely scents and tones of the early morning Japanese tea ceremony and singing had hardly left the room when we took place in the Rotundan for the last day of this year’s Art of Hosting training in Karlskrona. The harvesting team made us remember yesterday’s sessions by silently expressing yesterday’s feelings with body movement. It worked amazingly well and made us remember not only yesterday's theoretical teachings but also all the amazing intangible development that this community offers. The room is full of positive energy, newly discovered friendships, laughter and talking.
Today we set sails. Preparing to take the next step and start using our new knowledge and individual insights for positive change. Together we became a sea of dancing waves which finally transformed into a boat with singing sailormen, a swaying sail and a proud gallion figure. We are totally ready for a day of Designing for Wiser Action.
What a great idea it is to practice your skills in process designing within the Art of Hosting framework and at the same time offer support to participants who have an upcoming event or project to plan for. A future innovation Lab, better corporation at work, a youth event, a startup peer to peer meetup, survival of a small village, planting new forests in a great scale, municipal and citizen cooperation, arranging a conference for people working with preserving archipelagos are a handful of these project that we had divided up to support. It was a great feeling to put the new and deepened knowledge into practice.
The practice was divided into four parts. Co-designing with your project of choice. Change of tables to give feedback to another groups design ideas.
A return to your project of choice for another round of design with the newly received feedback in mind. And finally, the project owners had the opportunity to share gratitude as well as what they current needs. “Time to debrief and process”, “Do a lot of listening”, “Create a marketing plan”, “Build a network”, “Start creating informal meetings”, “Have trust and confidence in that this will work”, “Build a team to carry out my task”, “More knowledge in process designing” and “Creating great questions” were some of the needs mentioned.
Before we parted, we walked into the matrix of tangible and intangible – individual and collective harvest to remind ourselves about what we bring home from these days of practice and community. Finally we all joined in an open circle one last time. The hosting team reminded us about the power of the circle and the support of the community. That it is just as kind to offer support as it is to ask for help. Good luck to all participants, with your work of change, let's stay in touch.