Spinning Peace in Africa

Strengthening the Web of Relationships for Peace

Engaging People: Facilitation and Hosting Conversations


Training is getting what you want into people (skills, knowledge etc.);

Facilitation is getting what you want out of people;

Hosting is creating and holding space for emergence. It is not about what I want, but about what wants to be born in the space that we hold

Mary-Alice Arthur, Art of Hosting

Engaging with one another

Engaging with one another

We learn in very many different ways, and facilitating learning comes in very many guises: teaching, training, facilitating, through conversations.

Over the course of the Learning Series we explored many ways and methods of facilitating dialogue and skills or knowledge transfer.

We also explored many reflective practices that helped to uncover the wonderful resilience and resourcefulness that lay embedded in ourselves as participants on this Learning Journey. And they helped us see the resourcefulness and resilience in the communities in which we were involved.

Key to the way we worked on the Learning Series was the respect for people’s lived experiences, for their own innate expertise and wisdom and for their own ability to lead.

The end of the Learning Journey was the beginning of another journey – that of hosting conversations that matter. Through the connection to the Kufunda Learning Village and the practices of the art of hosting, the travellers on the Learning Journey were introduced to another thread that had been there from the start – working with emergence and holding a space for what seeks to be born.

Go here for the Treasure Trove on facilitation and hosting.


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