Last October, I attended the training myself in British Columbia. I was just entering into the work that I’m involved with in Minnesota’s welfare system. This is an ambitious project – to help staff and managers involved in the public assistance system re-conceptualize the work, their roles, and the ultimate purpose of the welfare system. And it involves working in the heart of state and county bureaucracies that are organized according to a different logic than the organic, self-organizing systems that we seek to support in Art of Hosting work. But the Beyond the Basics training focus on how to be strategic with our engagement of others, no matter where you find yourself.
I engaged fully at the session and learned so much about working smart and strategically with power, with calling teams, with purposive evaluation. I literally left with thirty pages of notes, 15 of which were “to do’s” that I immediately put into practice.
One of the most powerful lessons for me from the Art of Hosting is the importance of friendship and hosting yourself when engaged in systems-change work. The Beyond the Basics reminded me of these core truths and gave me the necessary time to deepen my own abilities to carry them out in my work. It was an investment in my own effectiveness that was completely worth the cost. Interested? Why don’t you explore about what is involved and find a way to get to Minnesota in May!