What becomes possible when we skilfully practise generative conversations?
Sharing the harvest from the first Art of Hosting training in Australia's capital, Canberra, from 26-28 February 2018. Celebrating the passionate changemakers who showed up to practice generative conversations.
We are who we are because of each other
Sydney and Brisbane 2016
Art of Participatory Leadership training
19-21 September 2016, Sydney NSW
26-28 October 2016, Brisbane QLD
Here are some of the reflections from our time together during two 3 day introductory trainings in The Art of Participatory Leadership (The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter)
What's possible when we bring our best selves to our lives and work?
Art of Participatory Leadership training
11-13 January 2016
Here are some of the reflections from our time together during this 3 day introductory training in The Art of Participatory Leadership (aka The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter), on the harvest website
How can we live and work together with purpose and authenticity?
Art of Participatory Leadership training
9-11 September 2015
Coochiemudlo Island, Queensland
Here are some of the reflections from our time together on Coochie, on the harvest website
Here is the harvest from our most recent Community of Practitioners meeting, in Brisbane on 4 November 2014 - in pictures
Sharing stories from the field
5 of our members were invited to share their stories from the field this year - Australia, Netherlands, Slovenia and Scotland.
What's next for our community?
Sharing our learnings and insights from the stories - we asked what is next for us in 2015
News and future
Checking out, we asked ourselves - what is my next step? Shared village news - lots happening in the Art of Hosting / Participatory Leadership space.
We felt the need to invite practitioners to a focussed conversation on what is possible for the Community in 2015. Penny Hamilton, Mel Geltch Carol Peterson, Dotty Philips and Jan Elston (our story sharers) have stepped up to invite and host that conversation in the new year. Stay tuned!
More than 100 people from across the disability and community sectors, and from government, came together for three workshops across Queensland in April and May to learn skills in participatory leadership for transformational change — hosted by NDS Queensland.
Read what happened at the Brisbane one on 15 April 2014 below, and download the harvest newsletter.
Read the harvest newsletter from the Townsville workshop on 2 May.
What skills, tools and knowledge do I need to engage people in conversations that matter?
We were introduced to Circle practice, as a way to help participants “check in” at the start of a meeting or workshop, about why they are participating.
To check-in, we asked ourselves:
What brings me here today?
This is what we said:
How to have difficult conversations | Give voice to others | New ways to engage
Shift negativity | Better communities | Enabling choice | Meet people and make connections | Serendipity | Learn from wisdom of group | Design a better user experience | Tools for better communication | User's perspective | Collective decision making | Connect back to purpose | Future proofing | Ways to embrace change | Learn to listen and understand others | How do I host conversations? | Learn to ask the right questions | Curiosity.
We learned about crafting powerful questions, and then together, based on what learned during check-in, we came up with this new calling question to inform our work for the rest of the workshop:
How do we engage in conversations for change?
We used this question as the basis for our Open Space session. Here are the questions and topics posed by workshop participants during the session.
Groups spent 45 minutes delving into these topics, and came back together to share their key learnings with the whole group.
During lunch, some workshop participants co-created with us the questions for a mini World Cafe. Here were the questions and harvest.
Round 1: What will support collaboration in … (your context)?
Round 2: What are my next wise steps?
Get people to the table with a powerful question
Host event – taking care of stories and hurt
Research mental health and living space
Develop a shared common language
Focus on individual strengths
Peer paradigm shift
Support plans for clinicians
Collaborate for great service for recipients
Closing the supply chain
Buying ‘the box’
Enabling sustainable supports
Negotiating relationships driven by user
Where are the Elders in these conversations?
Collaborative partnerships with those working with vulnerability
Focus on shared values – and call people back to them
Another key part of Circle, is closing the meeting with a “check out”, and reflecting on what has been accomplished. The question we asked was:
What’s one thing that has shifted for me today?
This 3-day training was held in Brisbane from November 25-27 2013, hosted by National Disability Services Queensland and supported by our Community of Practitioners.
The workshop was a chance to explore Art of Hosting as a tool for system and organisational change, around the question:
"How do we build the trust and confidence within our systems for collaborative action to flourish in service of our communities?"
Download the invitation
day 1 - stepping in
This is a poetry harvest / reflection of Day 1, 25 November. Thanks Jane :)
What a wonderful and inspiring first day - more to come!
What makes your heart sing?
Does anything make your heart sing?
Silence....oh terrible, terrible silence
Here's what makes my heart sing
Oh, Thank god!!! Oh, you make my heart sing...
Music, learning, hearing, glimpsing that thing
Disobedience, courageous righteousness
I'm at a higher resonance
The perfect wedding moment,
Continues to delight - brings a smile to my face
Simplicity, escaping complexity
Beautiful nature, mother and her daughters
Light coming in through the cracks
Knowing doesn't rely on intellect
Here to find a new way
For everyone to have a place to belong
People, doing that thing, that thing that they love, fully alive
Beautiful or bad, tears in my eyes
I matter most when we deeply engage
Intimate conversation, human beings amaze
Learn from the littlies
Please get it! Literacy!
Words perfectly formed and deep belly laughs
Look up! you have moved! How far you have come!
The bad guys, the good guys, broken things that need fixing
Innocent humour and deep and strong feeling
A grumpy old Yorkshireman who doesn't know who he is
He has looked all over but doesn't know where it is
The mosh pit, the young ones, the kings of Leon
The joyous heart opening at the sound of the song
Drunken singing, collective expression of joy
There's love in Slovenia and there's a toy boy
This is wrong, this is wrong, but I found a way in.
Ordinary, extraordinary, no one thing
I am an artist
Creating, making, gardening
Belonging with me makes my heart sing
Guardian calls: today it's Mel
She will ring the Bossy bell
Four fold practice, walk with another
Wake up to the world!
Know yourself, know each other
Wandering through the hallowed aisles
In Coles and Aldi you could walk the miles
I am my phone
Keeps me all alone
I swim in the sea
And in the galaxy
I watch your bodies
They speak to me
I hold my hands
Dont let them free
Hosts take your posts!
Welcome to the cafe
Questions within questions
Did you get an oooo today?
Uber you uber me, ah-ha-ah
There is plenty you can do, and be
Sit in quiet, find your learning edge
Speak to the circle
Or keep as a pledge
Never, except for you...
In place of results,
Harvesting is new
Intentional Purpose and the Harvesters
Coming soon to a circle near you
We stand in line still alive
Jan's a 10, but most 6.5
Day 1, and we were exploring some of The Four Fold Practices through World Cafe. The result - some truly wicked questions!
Round 1: We asked -
How can I stay truly inspired to practice mindful conversations, and be curious about the outcome?
The table harvest was: What's one question that would help take your learning about being hosted to another level?
How can I create opportunities for myself and others to do our best work together?
The table harvest was: What's one question that would help take your learning about hosting others to another level?
What will it take to develop and sustain relationships to harness our collective wisdom?
The table harvest was: What's one question that would help take your learning about co-creation to another level?
day 2 - stepping up
day 3 - stepping out
What becomes possible when participatory processes are embedded in my work, my organisation, my community?
View the invitation to this full day community of practitioners gathering at NDS Innovation Hub in Brisbane, on 18 November 2013.
Our Open Space marketplace!
The final harvest!
Participatory Leaders in Action
Bundaberg 29 February 2012
Health & Communities Workforce Council hosted 42 people from the social services sector in Wide Bay / Burnett area for a day’s exploration of participatory leadership focusing on the Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations that Really Matter.
Jan Ungerer (Workforce Council, Queensland), Monica Nissén (Denmark) and Mary Alice Arthur (New Zealand) were hosts.
Read the harvest newsletter
Here is the invite to our Community of Practitioners workshop on 31 July 2013 in Brisbane
About 20 practitioners from Queensland and Victoria gathered at the Innovation Hub at NDS in Lutwyche on 31 May for a full day workshop.
The themes of learn, practice, share were woven into sessions to look deeper into the calling question:
How do we create the conditions for participatory processes to continue to thrive
There is great energy and we look forwarding to another practice day in November - stay tuned for details. You can take a look at the 31 July harvest here and in the picture below.