Articles By Others

Below are a few articles I think of as goto. I use them often. I’ve grouped them as Goto, The Art of Hosting, Open Space Technology, The World Care, and Provocative Stuff.


Corrigan, Chris
Open Space Technology Overview (
A great overview of what Open Space is, when to use it, and what is needed.

Frieze, Deborah and Margaret Wheatley
From Hero to Host: A Story of Citizenship in Columbus, Ohio (2011, The Berkana Institute)
I got to be in an early part of this story in Columbus. And have remained connected with friends and colleagues. The basic notion of shifting from hero to host is powerful.

Hurley, Tom and Juanita Brown
Conversational Leadership: Thinking Together for a Change (2009, The Systems Thinker)
Tom and Juanita are very thoughtful people. I like their basic model that connects strategic direction to collective, wise action through questions, stakeholder engagement, and social technologies.

Wheatley, Margaret and Deborah Frieze
Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Host (2010, Resurgence Magazine)
Another good one from Meg and Deborah emphasizing a shift in the fundamental narrative of leadership.

Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale (2006, The Berkana Institute)
This one includes a model that I use all of the time, to move from needed experiments to networks, networks to communities of practice, communities of practices to systems of influence.


The Art of Hosting

Fenton, Amanda
What is the Collective Story Harvest? (2013,
Amanda collected a few resources to create this. It is a method I am really finding helpful.

Woolf, Tenneson
Guidelines for Calling an Art of Hosting (2010 A few simple steps and rough timelines for people considering calling an Art of Hosting event.

Art of Hosting — A Glimpse of the Whole (2009, Blog Post)
Four phases of design that I’ve used in many Art of Hosting trainings.

Knowns of Working in the Art of Hosting Pattern (2009, Blog Post)
As Art of Hosting trainings were beginning to be offered by more people, this was an important naming of what was happening across events.

Tenneson Woolf, Corrigan, Chris, Toke Moeller, Teresa Posakony, and Peggy Holman
What is the Art of Hosting (2010)
Created for Peggy Holman’s book, Engaging Emergence.


Open Space Technology

Corrigan, Chris, Diana Larsen, and Jack Martin Leith
Opening Space for Action; Priority Setting in Open Space; Post Open Space Project Work (

Holman, Peggy and Anne Stadler
Doing an Open Space: A Two Page Primer 
Very concise from two people who know it very well.

Swanson, Jonathon and Sheldon Tetreault
A Model for Aboriginal Facilitation: An Open, Empowering Way to Get to Consensus and Action (Journal of Aboriginal Management)


The World Cafe

Lenzo, Amy
The World Cafe: We Are Wiser Together (2014, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation)
Amy is one of those really wonderful people in the world. She shares here, in interview format, some of what is important and unique about The World Cafe.


Provocative Stuff

Atlee, Tom
Diversity is as Big as the Universe (The Co-Intellignece Institute)
A good piece from Tom that emphasizes diversity as a fundamental property of the universe.

Shaw, Martin
Is This An Initiation: An Urgent Invitation to Beautiful Learning (2020, Emergence Magazine)
I really appreciate the language of initiation for the way it calls in a whole ‘other way of learning.

Stilger, Bob
Disaster as a Springboard to Thriving, Resilient Communities (2013, SOL)
Bob is a close friend. He has such a deep heart around Japan. This includes the last few years focussing on thriving community amidst nuclear meltdown, tsunami, and earthquake.

Fukushima’s Future (2014, Transformation)
More of Bob’s writing from his work in Japan. I love how he is witnessing, without understating, what has happened in Japan. I also love how he is committed to telling the story of transformation and resilience.

Wheatley, Margaret
Supporting Pioneering Leaders as Communities of Practice: How to Rapidly Develop New Leaders in Great Numbers (2002,
This article contains a lot of our work at Berkana on supporting emerging systems.