Last week I had a chance to participate in an Art of Hosting training in Otavan Opisto, Mikkeli.
The hosts did a fantastic job in making everyone feel welcome and establishing an open environment for learning. Actually, the first thing that the organisers made clear was that the participants would be the hosts, and we would be learning about hosting while doing it. The different tasks one could sign up for included Harvesting (documentation), Feng Shui (arranging & cleaning the space, organising food & coffee, etc), Check In & Check Out (tuning into learning sessions, and tuning out from them), creating the programme for the evening party and or course hosting the actual learning sessions.
I came to the event to learn some more facilitation methods (and to gain a better understanding of methods I’m already familiar with), but I actually learned something else – various frameworks for getting a better grip of the community learning process as a whole, and to understand the process of personal growth and how human-to-human communication works (or fails to work).
Below you can find my own personal notes about my key learnings. These notes are rather sketchy and minimalistic, plenty of more information is available at:
- Art of Hosting site: www.artofhosting.org
- Art of Hosting Community site: artofhosting.ning.com
- Art of Hosting Workbook
It was lovely event, thanks a lot for the organisers & all the participants!
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WHAT DID I LEARN AT ART OF HOSTING?
:: Networks are good for rapid information sharing (but *not* for anything else)
No one actually made this exact statement, but there were several discussions about the different structures that one can utilize, and often one needs a combination of different structures (CIRCLE – HIERARCHY – NETWORK – MATRIX). I realised that I’ve previously tried to make networks do what networks are not good at, and thus these efforts have often been in vain.
Photo: Four different structures (Estève’s notes)