Ilse Pogatschnigg, Thomas Jaeger and myself have been on regular calls over the last few months in the lead up to Beyond the Basics in Europe. The conversations have been provocative, full of learning and highly enjoyable. I am really happy Ilse was up for w writing a short blog on why she is choosing to come to AoH BtB. You can read more from Ilse on the blog she writes with Thomas: www.dieGastgeber.eu . - Tim
About three years ago I went through my Art of Hosting training in Vienna. I immediately knew: This was it, which I was longing for; this was the missing link of bringing in all the real needs, the wisdom, the knowledge of each and every single person to the organization of our lives in all kinds of different fields. I immediately saw the Art of Hosting meaningful conversations as a tool of bringing real life and substance to what we call “democracy”: The ruling of the “demos”, i.e. the people.
Thinking about the three days in the East Midlands, I notice a lot of questions popping up in my head. They and the wish to have some answers drive me to go to England at the beginning of July. Let me call you some of them.
What is the nature of the common field of hosts and practitioners in Europe? What is the core that connects us? I think we will see where we stand to then decide where to head to. This involves the question of the “we” and what it is. Is it a community? Is it a loose network or maybe something else? The underlying friendship connections of the beginning of the Art of Hosting are nice for those involved from the beginning but cannot include all the hosts who joined during the past years. Now the number is too big to embrace all of them in a group of real friends - at least as I understand friendship. Maybe I end up in redefining the word “friendship” for me, who knows☺.
And all of have a certain view of the world, a certain approach and certain values shared. Are they all the same? What is the real shared ground? We will see. I believe hosts are not hosts for the sake of being hosts. They have something behind, a mission, a vision, a bigger picture. I put it in the very rough words of changing the world, making this earth a better, a happier and more whole place to live on. Here the question of how to move mainstream comes in. How can we do that? Is that a goal of the field?
What I do expect as well is a deep learning experience. This is a statement and not a question. We will learn in a wonderful field by cross-fertilization, exchange and co-creation on the spot.
To sum up: What do I expect? I can say: stocktaking, reflecting, dreaming, crying, and laughing – and celebration.