Category Archives for Practice


The simple rules for working with complexity

I’ve been using the Cynefin framework for many years now.  For me, I think I’ve internalized it through practice and it becomes second nature to not only talk about and teach from it but to use the way it was … Continue reading

20. June 2014 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Design, Facilitation, Learning, Practice | 2 comments

Being hosted by the land

  Yesterday in our five day residential we invited the participants out on the land for a solo retreat.  Bowen Island, where I live, is an incredible place.  To get here, you have to take a boat across the Queen … Continue reading

07. November 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Being, Bowen, Practice | 1 comment

Staying on the road

Halfway through our five day residency with leaders from the community sector and the Ministry for Children and Families here in BC.  Times like this, at middle of a five day retreat, we turn our thoughts to what comes next … Continue reading

06. November 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Being, Leadership, Learning, Poetry, Practice | Comments Off

Mentoring in the world of hosting

All the best stuff I have learned about mentoring has been in the context of traditional culture, whether with indigenous Elders from Canada or in the traditional Irish music community.  Traditional Irish music is played and kept alive in a … Continue reading

06. February 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Leadership, Learning, Music, Practice | 3 comments

Expertise, learning and practice

There is no way you can learn the art of facilitation, the art of hosting, by simply coming to a workshop. It happens from time to time that people show up for a three day workshop and expect that at … Continue reading

17. January 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Facilitation, Learning, Practice | 7 comments

Mutations are the way to make change

Very few of us have our hands on the real levers of power.  We lack the money and influence to write policy, create tax codes, move resources around or start and stop wars.  Most of us spend almost all of … Continue reading

02. January 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Being, CoHo, Community, Emergence, First Nations, Leadership, Organization, Practice | 4 comments

10 years and still going

Ten years ago on September 6, 2002 I launched this blog with an innocuous little link to an on lie art project ground through Euan Semple.  I called the blog Parking Lot, which is the term facilitators use for a … Continue reading

06. September 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Practice, Wordpress | 13 comments

Social life as practice

In this article, stringing together some obersvations about Louis CK and Mary Halvorson, Seth Colter Walls touches on the wellspring of collaboration. He writes a little of the play that replaces rehearsal for true improvisers, of finding outlets of artistic … Continue reading

12. August 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Being, Improv, Learning, Practice | Comments Off

The purpose of practice is practice

UPDATED: To include Patricia Kambitsch’s beautiful doodle. We talk about the Art of Hosting as a practice. It is a way of being with self and other. This is sometimes a difficult concept to understand, because the world is full … Continue reading

20. April 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, BC, Being, Conversation, Practice | 9 comments

A collective harvest of the four fold practice

The last couple of weeks my deepening of perspective on the four fold practice of the art of hosting has continued.  In the Art of Hosting Water Dialogues we are teaching the practice and inviting participants to reflect on what … Continue reading

18. April 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Facilitation, Practice | 1 comment

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