- Posted by Sera Thompson
I had a funny feeling during the first 2 days of the Art of Hosting (it was a feeling that I have had several times in the last few years). I was aware that as the work of the Art of Hosting spreads into more organizations and more people are sitting together in World Cafes in their organizations and communities, that the work is becoming somewhat commonplace.
As someone who regularly teaches the Art of Hosting, I am noticing that ideas that used to really blow people's minds - now seem a bit more obvious and common sense. Our dominant systems which have been wholly ruled by linear thinking and hierarchical structures, are slowly shifting and reconfiguring around us. We are watching TED talks about complexity. Where once relationship was a dirty word, we now find that the search to break down silos and build genuine collaborations is becoming ubiquitous.
Philosophically a transition is well underway. Here at home in Nova Scotia and globally as well, partly brought on by the emergent and highly networked world of social media - the metaphors which inform the way we see our world are rapidly shifting.
The Art of Hosting is no longer articulating a possibility far off in the distance.
Being someone who loves teaching and learning, I am always looking for the edge - the place where we are stretched - where we can enter new territory and navigate unknown terrain - where we are growing, deepening, becoming fuller versions of ourselves - bringing our gifts more fully to our family, team, organization or community.
The growing edge for those of us that are smitten with the idea of "complex adaptive systems", or longing for genuine participation, or hell bent on "breaking down silos" is to get our hands dirty.
One of the greatest gifts of the Art of Hosting, is its fierce practicality - we often say it is like training to become a surgeon: see one - do one - teach one. This work will only matter if it is grounded in our actions, we need to become practitioners. We need to dig in and get dirt under our fingernails.
The world is begging us to step up and practice hosting deeper and more meaningful conversations. But conversations aren't enough, we need to harvest our individual and collective clarity into relevant and accessible communications, and from that clarity we need to catalyze action. We need to try stuff and innovate, to mess around and see what works.
I have this sense that as more and more of us are starting to "get it" in our heads, but the real learning is where the rubber hits the pavement. Where we do good work together to create projects, teams, and communities that can rise to the challenge of these times we find ourselves in.
As we get ready for DAY THREE of this Art of Hosting on March 25th - use the link below to let us know where the rubber is hitting the road for you and what you need to bring this course home. And SIGN UP to dig in and learn by doing - join a team to help deliver day 3.
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