The Art of Hosting (AOH) and Harvesting Conversations that matter, also known as Participatory Leadership , is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges (AOH website). 

It uses a range of powerful methodologies to harness the collective wisdom and self organising capacity of groups of any size; fostering committment and ownership from participants and getting results. 

Participatory Leadership is more than a set of methodologies, it is an ongoing practice. It is an art to host a conversation well so that participants experience learning, the exchange of ideas, are able to offer resources and co-create innovation. 

It is based on the assumption that people give their energy and lend their resources to what matters most to them; in work as in life. Participatory leadership offers processes that invite people to step in and step up to take charge of the challenges which face them. 

The methodologies and practice have a particular synergy with community development practice as they create space where;   

  • we can engage with people where they are at
  • power is diffused
  • we can learn and grow together
  • we can co-create solutions
  • there is space to share stories
  • there is opportunity to build relationships
  • we can harness the collective wisdom of the group
  • we can create spaces for listening 
  • we can create spaces for action 

You can watch a short video on the art of hosting

Some core participatory leadership methodologies and information related to them include:

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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is continuing to support the state’s network of 124 neighbourhood and community centres. Minister for Communities Coralee O'Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government had provided $16 million in total operational funding this financial year (...
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Queensland Government media release The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its commitment to Queensland’s Neighbourhood Centres through continued investment in these important pieces of local infrastructure. Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke today told the Queensland Parliament in...
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Queensland Government media release The first sod has been turned for the $3.6 million Yarrabilba Family, Children and Community Hub, creating 12 jobs during construction. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the State Government had fully...
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Neighbour Day is celebrated on 25 March 2018 with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round. The aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Neighbours are important because...
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Every year people and communities across Australia are impacted by emergencies and natural disasters. The Gender and Disaster POD (Women’s Health In the North, Women’s Health Goulburn North East, and Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative), the Victorian Council of Social Services and...
If you or someone you know need a meal this Christmas here are some places providing meals around Brisbane over the Chrismas period. End of season feast, gift and hamper, Jeays St Community Centre, 12 Jeays St, Bowen Hills, 20 December 12:00pm End of year free community lunch (tel 07 3358 5600),...
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Supply Nation will be delivering a free briefing session on 22 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to help organisations find out how to meet their Queensland Indigenous Procurement Policy target. Taking place after the briefing, the Brisbane Indigenous Trade Fair will...
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Below are some considerations for disaster planning for services providing accommodation to clients e.g. placement services and diversionary services These are only suggested considerations and do not replace any advice received from relevant authorities. Make sure all staff are aware of the agency...
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Legal Aid Queensland has published a series of captioned recordings about their services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. The next webinar is Child Protection - the law and...
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The Queensland Government funds more than 100 neighbourhood and community centres which provide friendly, localised access to child, family and community services. There are centres in rural, remote and urban communities throughout Queensland. You can access a list of funded centres here . There...
Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) is a national network of community development services, that aim to assist the hundreds of not-for-profit and charitable organisations with the recruitment and management of volunteers. It is a member-based organisation committed to community engagement and...
The Financial Counsellors' Association of Queensland is the peak professional body representing the membership of 74 Financial Counsellors throughout inner city, suburban and regional Queensland. The FCAQ is also a not for profit organisation whose members provide a fee and accessible financial...
Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that matter blends a suite of powerful conversational processes to invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them. There are a range of resources on the website, which is all open source. You can also find resources collated...
Effective Engagement: building relationships with community and other stakeholders Book One: an introduction to engagement Book Two: the engagement planning workbook Book Three: the engagement toolkit
The Asset Based Community Development Institute has a detailed website with a range of free resources and publication related to practice.
The Community Toolbox is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities. There are tools to learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation,...
The Legal Health Check is a collaboration between the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) and the National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc. The Legal Health Check provides a number of resources and tools to help organisations identify their clients' legal needs and...
This handbook was produced in 2010 by the Queensland Alliance, the peak body for mental health in Queensland. It is a practical approach to helping Sector Development Workers improve their skills and understanding. It provides guidelines on establishing an ethical framework for practice and the...
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
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Last year Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA) consulted with neighbourhood and community centres across Queensland.

The report, which was the largest community consultation of its kind in Queensland, found three key...

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Brooke Reynolds, DBCYP

Deception Bay Community Youth Programs (DBCYP) is a community organisation that provides whole of life support for young people in Deception Bay. 

DBCYP have developed the iCreate program as a means to effectively engage young people...

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Care Opinion is an independent, not-for-profit new web site which enables people to post their experiences of local social care services online, and in public (eg aged care, youth and disability care). ...

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You can now access a series of resources that showcase best practice HACC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery models. 

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