for the emergence of a commons-based society
Hosting is about inviting every concerned party into the conversation, facilitating it and harvesting its highlights, and helping them discover new patterns of meaning emerging from the spoken and written words.
Hosting is as much about boosting the larger group’s collective intelligence and eliciting its collective wisdom, as dealing with the design and logistics of its meetings, and co-evolving its technical and other infrastructures with the changing needs of the group.
The work of the hosts includes:
1. hosting oneself - keeping ego out of the way
2. creating a safe container, where everyone can feel seen, heard and loved
3. stewarding the process that guides the larger group towards realizing its mission, by:
>> Can anything from your understanding of how to elicit participants' individual uniqueness and authenticity in physical setting be transposed in the context of online collaboration?
> That's a question I will hold and let it work on me.
Your attitude is much appreciated.
> In order to elicit the unique contribution of others I suppose we have to make others feel heard and respected through our online interactions (which is not so easy as we often have a different kind of presence when online.)
That's true, and when we read and respond from a space of "online mindfulness," we increase the chance that others will feel heard and respected through our online interaction with them. The first line of our work as hosts is to host ourselves, which means to take responsibility for all of our online interactions coming from a deeply mindful inner space.
Think of online hosting as an opportunity to practice and model mindfulness in cyberspace that is a weird place yet more and more people feel it as their second hone.