Art of Hosting Karlskrona has become an annual three-day training, organized by MSLS students (Master of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability) on a non-profit basis, and facilitated by international experienced facilitators, in order to learn simple yet powerful practices that build community, activate collective intelligence and foster individual and collaborative leadership in a complex world. This training is experiential - you will have opportunities to practice“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 tools for collaboration such as: Circle, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, Designing for Wiser Action, Collective Story Harvesting and more
Models and frameworks that are useful for navigating complexity, designing and hosting (facilitating) engaging meetings, processes and organizations.
The Art of Harvesting - how to visually capture and make sense of meetings and conversations for clarity, learning, growth and wise action.
Apply what you are learning directly to the change projects that are important to you, your community or organisation
Join a diverse and supportive global community of practitioners
Let us be really intentional about why we are here.
The Art of Hosting and Harvesting conversations that matter is a training that builds our individual and collective capacity to self-organize together, to organize horizontally rather than with vertical hierarchy and to engage with the ways our organizing forms reflect the kinds of paradigms at play in our social structures, organizations, and teams. The Art of Hosting and Harvesting creates conditions for meaningful conversations, effective democratic practices and learning how to work collaboratively in emergence as ways to move into wiser action together.
Art of Hosting and Harvesting can be applied in various settings including:
Team work and Group Work
Planning and Facilitating Meetings or Events
Visioning and Strategic Planning
Collaborative Project Planning
Personal and Group Reflection
What will we learn & practice together?
Engage in hands-on practice-based training. This training is an opportunity to step into participatory leadership. We will work on the edge of ‘praxis’ - the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized through direct application. Learners are trained not only in theories of why participatory methods are important, additionally they learn how to facilitate them. Participants will be invited to co-host participatory methods with the support of the Hosting Team.
Taking a holistic approach. Beginning with understanding the underlying purpose of a gathering, the art of invitation, planning and accompanying the conversation, and sharing outputs in a useful manner that supports ideas to move into action. This way of working takes into account the preparations before people come together, what happens while they are working together, and how the results of their conversations – the ‘harvest’ – support next steps that are aligned with a group’s purpose and context. We take a strategic view by asking “Why are we gathering? Is this needed? Who needs to be here?” and moving from a place of usefulness.
During the Art of Hosting training we will explore a range of participatory tools, concepts and methods that may include:
Open Space Technology
Designing from purpose
Check In / Check out
Collective Story Harvest
Chaordic Stepping Stones
The Art of Harvesting and strategic planning
Art of Hosting is an open-source social technology that has been co-created over time. Much of the art and power of the Art of Hosting approach comes not from any individual method but learning to blend and tailor a combination of methods to serve the need and purpose of the unique context a practitioner is working with using an understanding of underlying patterns of process design.
Next week we will share with you more information about our organizing, apprentice and hosting team!