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Hosting Generative Change: Creating Containers for Creativity and Commitment
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When: Thursday, October 8, 2020
11:00am-12:30pm (ET)
Where: United States

Online registration is available until: 10/8/2020
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Hosting Generative Change: Creating Containers for Creativity and Commitment

When the future is uncertain and the past is contested, good hosting can bring hope and co-operation into the present.

Any Dialogic OD practice will bring people together for creative conversations, expanded horizons, mutual connection and committed action. The way these events are hosted can make all the difference. Mark McKergow offers an image of superb hosting as a mix of detailed planning and openness to whatever emerges, taking the lead when needed, with the intent of stepping back as quickly as possible so participants can lead themselves.

This is an important resource for anyone who wants to entice groups of disparate individuals into generative conversations that stimulate new ideas and prompt committed action. It builds connections between big ideas like complexity and emergence with the small practical details of preparing, inviting people and convening a workshop, engaging people on the day, building new possibilities and refining the next steps.

Check out our Dialogic OD resources to learn more.

Learning Objectives

Key learning points from the session include:

  • The role of hosting in OD practice
  • Six roles of a great host
  • Building the ‘container’: topic, people, place
  • Crafting the invitation – the MOST important part of the whole stream of work
  • Preparing for, starting and hosting the event

Note: A recording of this session will be available following the event.


OD Network Members: $25
Non-members: $45

Presenter: Dr. Mark McKergow

Mark McKergowDr. Mark McKergow is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, author, and director of the Centre for Solutions Focus at Work based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has been working with groups and change for three decades, and is known around the world for his ability to present innovative ideas with a signature mix of scientific rigour and performance pizzazz. He combines a PhD in the physics of self-organisation with a lively, pragmatic and careful approach to working with groups.

Mark co-founded the SOLWorld community of Solution-Focused organisational practitioners (still going after close to 20 years). He is the co-author of six books including Host: Six new roles of engagement for teams, organisations, communities and movements (Solutions Books, 2014) and The Solutions Focus (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2007). His most recent book is The Host Leadership Field Book (Solutions Books, 2019). He also plays jazz saxophone. He can be reached at

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