Tinkering with the system won’t help reinvent the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

This was the trap that the webinar hosted by Bryan Alexander , with invited speaker Cathy Davidson, fell into this week. He said that most governments had adopted education systems which promote: Conformity (but people are not uniform; diversity is the hallmark of human existence).

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Differences are real; divisiveness is a choice

Chris Corrigan

I’m on the road, currently in Columbus Ohio, working my way through a two week road trip that has taken me to Ontario to visit family and to New Brunswick where I was part of a remarkable hosting team for the Art of Hosting Working Across Divides.

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Capacity building and scaling a participatory approach

Chris Corrigan

On the Art of Hosting email list last month, there was an inquiry posted by Monica Nissén asking about scaling the Art of Hosting as a leadership practice through levels of engagement. But David later took that work with him into his work in executive positions in government.

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“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.” ” Often this looks like elected officials not wanting to dominate citizen meetings, government or agency staff not wanting to dominate community meetings, or executive teams not wanting to dominate the lower level employees. Art of Hosting Chaordic design Facilitation Featured Open Space Power World Cafe

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A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

Indeed ten years ago this day, as a precocious 31 year old fed up with travel (ironically) and the various despairs of working for the federal government, I quit my job and hung out a shingle. I have worked with people from various communities of practice, including Open Space, World Cafe, Genuine Contact and most deeply, the Art of Hosting. 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.