We love to invite the stories of how people use what they learn after attending an Art of Hosting gathering. It sometimes seems daunting to bring new patterns and practices alive at work, in community or at home. And sometimes it is hard to recognize yourself in some of the stories shared by the hosting team during the gathering, especially the larger, more high profile or long term stories. So sharing where participants are stepping into practice in large and small ways helps illuminate many different entry points into shifting the shape of teams, organizations, communities and ways of being in the world – including in the first practice of the four fold practice of hosting self. This is the first such sharing of how Art of Hosting works for new and seasoned practitioners. Perhaps you will see yourself or your starting point through these stories.
A team from the WISE Women organization in Newfoundland attended an Art of Hosting training in Fredericton in January of 2013. They wanted to understand how to better support some of their clients in community engagement. When asked a couple of months later how they were incorporating what they learned, this is what they shared.
“We definitely are using the practices and methods of the Chaordic Stepping Stones for our strategic planning sessions for the WISE/WEC Custer Project on Bell Island. Currently working on the ‘Limiting Beliefs’. Of course the awareness is helpful and making some of the beliefs conscious and shared has been bonding.”
She further shared, “Personally, I am using the World Café format for an upcoming ‘RED HAT Society’ Event I am hosting for 100 seniors in the community. This format is working wonderfully for sharing of health related issues and information.” – Linda Hickey