WHY THIS TRAINING? WHY NOW?
We are living in difficult times of austerity and drastic cuts in services. Many are wanting to re-imagine what their towns and cities could be like as places where local people and communities have a stake and real impact on in its future; where local businesses are supported, local artistic endeavors are celebrated, alternative methods of exchanging goods and services thrive, people are valued for more than their job roles and everyone’s contribution to their community, city or town is valid and valued
What if we could shift to a higher quality of meaningful collaborative dialogue that could really make a difference?
How can we do this in a meaningful way with real mutual benefit, without legitimizing austerity?
How do we converse and engage with people and systems from very different worldviews, visions and ideas?
What is an Art of Hosting Training?
The Art of Hosting blends a suite of powerful conversational processes and tools that invite everyone to step in and make best use of collective intelligence and self organization.
It is a practice ground for a world that is becoming increasingly complex and fragmented, where institutions and democracies as we know them are failing to address the increasing complexity in our world. It is a testing ground for those seeking to find new, effective and healthy patterns for organising, innovating and interacting to create new structures.
It is also a growing global network and community of practitioners, supporting each other to explore and accomplish what we most care about. Learn more at www.artofhosting.org
What will be covered on the 3 days ?
• Tools, principles and methods for hosting conversations
that lead to collective action: Open Space – Design for Wiser Action- World Cafe - Circle - Collective Story Harvest -
• Space to explore the relationship between personal change
and system change
• Models for working with complexity, emergence and ‘not knowing’
• Shifting our focus from problems to what's possible in our
communities and organisations
• Designing from a living systems perspective
• Applying what you are learning directly to a change project
you are working with. Bring a question you are struggling with or a real time project you are working on and want some help with.
What’s the purpose of the three days?
This training is about learning some new ways of working together. Cultivating our personal perseverance and resilience and finding ways to meet the challenges of complexity and rapid change.
It is also an enquiry into how we both work with and still challenge those who are in “positions of structural power.” We would like to share our collective experiences, knowledge and initiatives from our work in towns/cities in the South (coast) of England.
Who should come?
Change activists, Artists, Musicians, Community Organisers, NGO’s Social Entrepreneurs, Community Developers, Volunteers, Public sector workers from towns/cities in the South.
Anyone who is hungry for more fruitful ways of meeting, better practices of collaborative working and greater skills in navigating complexity and uncertainty.
The training will be residential for 3 days and 2 nights at The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire. Arrival for 10.30 on Wednesday 18th November until 4.00pm on Friday 20th November.
We would like to make this training as accessible as possible so that everyone can attend and money is not a barrier. However, we do have to cover our costs so we are asking that you pay what you can (and a little bit more if possible which might help others to attend). If training is usually paid for by your organisation than we would ask you to pay what that would usually be. If you are paying yourself, maybe it’s ‘a fair 3 days pay for a fair 3 days work’. We are offering the following as a guide price but please be in touch with us if you want to talk about the cost and your contribution.
Individual Rate : £235.00
Organisational Rate £325.00
Your participation fee includes all materials and resources required during the Art of Hosting, plus food and accommodation. If you have any questions about this, or travel, please contact Anna at the email address on the next page