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.

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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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Why it’s hard to talk about dialogic containers in English

Chris Corrigan

On the Art of Hosting list today there has been a very interesting conversation about some of the Japanese words that are used to describe space and container. In some ways it’s too bad that we use English in the Art of Hosting community as our global language! Perhaps this is why for the most part, people I work with in English are interested in tools and processes, and why we have a hard time explaining the “art” of the Art of Hosting.

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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.” Art of Hosting Chaordic design Facilitation Featured Open Space Power World CafeOver the years I’ve noticed a trend in consultative facilitations that goes something like this: a client calls wanting to consult with the community about something. Sometimes this takes the form of a leader wanting to engage employees.

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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. Art of Hosting Collaboration Evaluation Featured First Nations Leadership Learning

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Planning in pure dialogue

Chris Corrigan

As skilled dialogue facilitators, we are also skilled dialogue practitioners and we have a refined practice of hosting and harvesting our own work. Sometimes the best hosting is good harvesting, and Caitlin took on that role beautifully.

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My personal year of learning about evaluation

Chris Corrigan

I’ve connected with Art of Hosting practitioners like Rita Fierro (with whom I’m developing a course) and Nancy Fritsche-Eagan who are really curious about how to do deep participatory facilitation work in the service of good evaluation.

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