We offer learning spaces that connect people, places, and communities of practice. By working online, we effectively foster deep conversation and ongoing connection, and at the same time reach wider audiences with more resource-efficiency than any other format.

Come and learn with us. Check out our courses and community offerings like the Origin Story series. Explore for yourself how we are able to create strategic engagement and impact.

Realtime Courses

We design and host learning experiences that enable to you engage with the most experienced practitioners in our field.

Flex Courses

We offer "flex" courses that allow  you to learn at your own pace & stay connected to a global community of practice

Origin Stories

Knowing our collective history is core to evolving our practices, so in this series  we invite origin stories from our field.

Course Compendiums

Part of our commitment to strengthening the community and our capacity to collaborate is to harvest the learning from our courses and make it available to all. (Compendiums are included in all our flex and real-time programs.) This is our current selection, but there are more on the way, so stay tuned!

Dynamic Flex Courses

Learn at your own pace, in your own time, with some of the most experienced practitioners in the field while being part of a thriving global community of facilitators, hosts and sense makers. Throughout the year we will connect in our live Community Calls to inspire and support you to deepen your practice.

Harvesting and Collective Sense Making

With this course we offer sophisticated theory of strategic harvesting to give direction and meaning to our practice, beginning with a deeper understanding of how we learn, know, and make sense of the world around us – as individuals and in groups.

"We don´t design for a meeting but for a harvest."

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The Art of Questions

We need good questions to guide us in our personal lives, families, organizations and nations. We need questions to seed the conversations that really matter, engaging others to address and explore new and better ways of doing what needs to be done.

“Don’t be afraid of the answers. Be afraid of not asking the questions.” – Jennifer Hudson

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Grounded Response to Online Engagement

Staying grounded while responding to the urgent need of meaningful and effective online collaboration

Many of us find ourselves adapting to the new reality of finding alternative ways to connect, do our work and connect with our loved ones online in this time of physical distancing.

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Chaordic Design 

In this course we explore the constant dance between Chaos and Order. As we are increasingly working with more uncertainty and more demands to design solutions adaptive and relevant in this complexity we need a good framework, which Chaordic design offers us.

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Hosting in Complexity

With Chris Corrigan we deepen our practice of working with complexity informed principles and practices for group facilitation and participatory process. We explore how to host emergence of meaning and self-organization for adaptive action.

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Evaluation in complexity

How do we know if what we do makes a difference?

It can be hard to know. We are deepening our understanding adaptive evaluation and why it matters. This course will increase your evaluation literacy and enable you to make better strategic decisions, building in the right kind of evaluation.


Origin Stories

As part of a thriving community of practice, we believe that knowing our lineage and history as a field is core to our collective evolution. In this series, which started in November of 2018, we have been inviting founders of many of the practices we steward, and those who inspired them, to share their stories of origin and evolution. We've gathered their stories here.

Subscribe to our series of Origin Story calls and receive access to the archived recordings and other resources for all Origin Stories, past, present & future.

*** For a front-row seat - receive reminder emails with access details & a follow-up email when the recordings have been posted - in a particular real-time Origin Story call - you must register for that event. ***


Archived Origin Stories

Juanita Brown

Juanita and Toke share stories about the early days of the World Café and Art of Hosting and how they have co-evolved and stayed close through subsequent years.

Toke Møller

Toke shares perspectives on the early beginnings of Art of Hosting and his influential friendships with Juanita Brown and David Isaacs and the World Café community.

Peter Senge

Peter reminds us of the interconnection of all things - how we as systems thinkers show up, and what made it possible for his ideas to find fertile soil.

Harrison Owen

Harrison shares the beautiful story of how Open Space emerged and was named, as well as an invitation to create an open space for a conversation of 8 Billion people today.

Meg Wheatley

During a rich and very timely conversation, Meg shared some of the initial inspiration for her work, and a focused invitation for how to "be with" the uncertainties of our time.

Christina Baldwin

Christina shares part of the origin story of The Circle Way that she founded with her partner Ann Linnea.  Have a listen to this beautiful and heartwarming  story.

Otto Scharmer

Otto shares with us not only the powerful origins of his influences and inspirations, but a compelling vision of the future, shared by thousands via his U.Lab & Gaia initiatives. 

Finn Voldtofte

World Cafe co-founder, primary contributor to the Art of Hosting & Flow Game, a leading light in the inquiry into collective consciousness - Finn's is an Origin Story with relevance in many fields.

David Sibbet

David shares about the early days of visual sense making about the field of visual practice  today and gives us peek into what he is working on today.

Joe Jaworski & Susan Taylor

Joe & Susan explore where our creativity and inspiration for core leadership capacities come from, noting nature's role in connecting us to Source.

Keith McCandless & Henri Lipmanowicz

Together Keith and Henri share answers to the question: Why is it that so many organizations are dysfunctional, with disengaged workers, & wasted ideas?

Pioneers of Change: Maariane, Mille & Colleen

After 25 years, the PoC have inspired countless young international change agents to transform systems and create initiatives and practices that now influence society on all levels.  

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"Good to know so many interesting people are thinking about these things and willing to spend time sharing knowledge and questions."


"Trust the collective wisdom within groups and allow it to emerge without bias. Thank you to Rowan, Amy, Viola, Chris and others for creating an amazing container for learning!"


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