“But what if our people dominate?”

Chris Corrigan

At some point the client says something like “we’d like to have our people there as observers or table hosts or mixed in as silent listeners.” Inviting a group into these practices helps them focus on each other as as potential experts. Beyond that, truly open questions make it easy to encourage people to listen to one another and they de-centre expertise, meaning that the group itself can truly become the experts.

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A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

I have worked with people from various communities of practice, including Open Space, World Cafe, Genuine Contact and most deeply, the Art of Hosting. I have mostly survived by holding questions, opening myself to learning, and reminding myself that I don’t have to be the expert all the time. And who can know what I’ll be writing about on August 31, 2019, in my 51st year, as I catch myself surprised at all that has happened.