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An intro to the Art of Hosting and some mapping


Back in November Janaia Donaldson from Peak Moment TV interviewed Dave Pollard and I about the Art of Hosting, especially as it applies to transition towns, resilience and community leadership.  That video was released today along with a lovely 10 minute edit in which Dave maps out some of the [...]

Building core teams

Amanda Fenton provides a very useful reference that helps underscore the reasons why core teams are important. It turns out that having 10%of a population deeply committed to an idea will significantly contribute to that idea being widely adopted by the other 90%.

I don’t know about the veracity of this claim in [...]

Creating a mindset to work with failure

Innovation does not come without discarding ideas, trying and failing.  In complex systems with complex challenges, failure is inevitable and desired.  If we need to prototype to sense our way forward we have to have a mindset that can handle failure.

On Saturday at the Art of Participatory Leadership in Petaluma my new friend [...]

Capacity, engagement and authentic learning

I think there is probably nothing new under the sun.  Engagement work has been tried, refined and improved all over the world in the last couple of decades that I wonder if there is anything new we can learn?  It does seem to fall into “authentic engagement” and “engagement washing” – if I can [...]

Designing with introverts in mind


A long time ago I was an introverted person and over the years that has completely changed.  If you know me, you’ll know I love talking to others, being around people and engaging in meaningful social interaction.  I still love my solitude but I love hanging anround in my local coffee shop [...]

Soliciting questions from inside and out

Working with a group of leaders this week all of whom are engaged in bringing their full selves to complex problems largely in the community, family and social services sector.  Tonight we are co-initiating our work together and I led them through this exercise which was inspired by my friend and colleague Roq Garreau [...]

Art of Hosting beyond the basics: a new offering


Tuesday Ryan-Hart, Tim Merry, Caitlin Frost and I are just returning from a gathering of experienced Art of Hosting practitioners from around the world.  One of the threads in our gathering was and exploration of how the practice of hosting and harvest conversations in the world can be applied to working with [...]

Safety and rank

Good spot from Johnnie Moore on the power dynamics of safety in groups.  Hint: it comes from attending to rank, not cohesiveness:

Nancy Dixon writes about the conditions that favour good quality conversations in organisations. She uses the term psychological safety to describe the conditions that allow people to take risks in conversations. She [...]

Just doing it

Playing music rather than talking about it



I’m coming back from Hahopa with simplicity ringing in my ears.  I think the mantra is “put something in your hands.”

At Hahopa we cooked together, wove cedar together, trained with swords together, played lahal and sang songs.  We DID a lot. [...]

Liberating Structures

Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless put together their brilliant collection of participatory methodologies called “liberating structures” a few years ago.  I had occasion to visit their website this week and notice that it is even more brilliant than before, containing detailed descriptions of the structures tools and processes and elegant minimal instructions for using [...]