Waauw! This is a topic we name in the Art of Hosting global network — the caller, and the art of…
Ria Baeck

YES! This is absolutely related to the art of calling. Thank you for making the link. When I see Art of Hosting working well, I see a caller stepping into the role of a vulnerable visionary. The collective intelligence of the group is harnessed, and at the same time, responsibility is taken for the overall process and we know why they made the calling. There’s a vulnerability in the caller about their need which gave rise to the process.

When a group visioning process falls flat, very often it has become disjointed from the caller. It’s as if everyone pretends the group just spontaneously came together, whereas I find it so helpful to know exactly who the impulse came from which led to the group assembling, and why they did that. Often it’s the tyranny of the humble founder described in my original article which causes this disconnection.

When you talk about a potential that one is sensing-feeling-noticing, and want to be of service to make it manifest the interesting part to me is want to be of service. It’s the exploration of that part which reveals the need of the caller. Underneath the calling, there may well be a need for service or contribution. I think an essential attribute for a caller is the self-empathy to understand their own need and be honest and unafraid to acknowledge it.

Understanding the caller’s need not only helps to anchor the group process but also helps us to watch out for projections masquerading as needs. For example, is the caller actually playing out an unresolved story from their childhood, or are they really grounded in the present? In fact, if you find a poisonous, dysfunctional initiative anywhere, you can usually trace it back to such a pathology of the originating founder.

Finally, I wanted to say I love how you reframe doubt as ‘not knowing yet’. It’s so reassuring to people in a creative role to understand that it’s totally OK to not know.

Thank you for the thoughtful response and I’d love to exchange more with you in the future.