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Art of Hosting: Beyond the Basics Retreat

We are excited to tell you about the inaugural Art of Hosting: Beyond the Basics retreat – a great opportunity coming up this April 4th – 6th to deepen your skills as a convener. This amazing retreat will be hosted in Ohio first, but will also be replicated three more times in Canada and Mexico, so you have multiple chances to participate.

The Art of Hosting team describes the event as:

…a 3-day immersion into advanced Art of Hosting and facilitation practice. In this intensive retreat, we will be learning advanced process design, hearing stories of iterative long term strategic interventions, and exploring our own limits as leaders and cutting edge change theory.

The retreat is geared toward helping engagement practitioners gain and hone skills that will help them tackle long-term, large-scale projects:

Art of Hosting Beyond the Basics builds on the lessons of years of applying the Art of Hosting to large scale systemic change initiatives in healthcare, indigenous child and family services, food systems, faith communities, poverty, homelessness, urban planning, corporate change, public engagement, civic governance, entrepreneurship and many more.

We will touch on

  • Designing for large scale, multi-year, multi-stakeholder engagements
  • Iterative design for multiple connected events
  • Transformative engagement over large systems  and broad geography
  • Combining methodologies into cohesive, coherent and impactful designs

AoH: Beyond the Basics invites you to come and dive deep into those areas in your practice that are holding you back from working at scale, and to bring your real challenges of complexity and uncertainty to a collaborative lab where together we can crack new insights and design new ways forward…

This is a 3 day retreat for seasoned leaders and audacious change makers. The scope, complexity and scale of work we are being asked to engage with continues to grow. Now is the time to gather, take breath, and learn together.

Are you excited yet?  If you are ready to get involved, you can learn more at www.AoHBtB.com or find the registration page by clicking here.

The Art of Hosting is coordinated in part by NCDD supporting member Tuesday Ryan-Hart, and we appreciate her letting us know about this wonderful opportunity for other NCDDers to take their skills and practice to the next level. Good luck to all the participants!


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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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