Event report: The Art of Hosting, November 2013 in Dalkeith

Guest post by Alan Moore

Welcome to the Participatory Leadership also know as  the Art of Hosting Scotland 2013. This site harvests the outcomes of the three-day gathering that took place November 27-29 at Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith. To find out more about the November 2013 training click here

On the 27th of November 50 strangers, more or less, came together to begin a journey of, the heart, the hand and the mind. Framed around the concept and methodology of Participatory Leadership this event was hosted and held by an organization called The Art of Hosting.

It is special in how it brings people together and demonstrates a way in which people in organisations can affect real systems change. It is counter intuitive in that it is simple – designed around what makes us human and harnesses the better aspects of our humanity; goodness, trust, a desire to be better, harnessing our collective intelligence and, is inclusive of all that participate. But it is not how we traditionally would engage in thinking about systems of change. Normal management systems are command and control in their design where people are often treated no better than components that are fitted into a machine, and where machine efficiency overrules all other aspects of the design of the system. Participatory Leadership is about engaging us all at a human level.

Hear what participants of the Art of Hosting have to say about the course: