Johan Decoster

Johan is an Agile coach and trainer and a practitioner of participatory leadership. He wants to make a difference in the lives of the people he works with by uncovering everyone’s unique potential and using the collective wisdom to navigate complex situations.

Besides working closely with teams, he has a strong interest in different meditation practices and Nature.


Abstract: The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

What are all the things you think about and take care of when you invite people for a little party? Lots of decisions and many invisible actions are happening beforehand. In the English language there is a nice word that captures this all: hosting. But you cannot only host parties, also conversations and collective learning processes benefit from good hosting. And it is not the same as ‘facilitating the meeting’. Can you image you would facilitate a dinner with friends or family? Hosting is different, it goes deeper and is beyond facilitation.

The term Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter contains many elements: the convening, inviting, holding and guiding the conversations. This hosting practice and methodology is also known as the art of participatory leadership.In participatory leadership we want, just as in a successful party, that everyone can join in, feels safe and OK.

Art of Hosting is crucial in the future of work, in a world where we no longer separate thinking from doing, in a world where everyone’s voice matters. Whether it is in your community, an Agile transformation or teams doing BAU.