Flow of Day 3
Summary of Day 3
After two days of getting to know each other, it was visible that more friendship and connections were formed among the group. After personal practice and breakfast, we entered the room that the Space and Beauty team had prepared for us to start the day. The meta harvest team did an amazing job refreshing people’s memory about what happened the day before with a creative theater play.
The main piece of the morning was a methodology called Collective Story Harvesting. It’s perhaps one of the most challenging methodologies to organize and host, but the participants did a great job both as process hosts and story hosts. The purpose of using the process was to learn from people who have actually created supportive and engaging learning environments and see things from their perspectives. The listeners practiced targeted listening, which means they listened to the stories through different lenses and reflected back to the storytellers what they heard. The storytellers then had the chance to share his or her own reflection. It was a touching experience for many. Afterwards, people who listened through each lens in each group got together to see what we learned collectively across the different stories.
Just before lunch, the Rope Game, designed to help players learn about self-organization, was introduced to the group. Participants were divided into four groups of 10, each with five ropes. The idea was to form a knot in silence, and then untie it, also in silence. It was a sunny day with blue sky, white clouds, and breeze. As we played the game on the lawn, giggles, laughters and excitement filled the air. Some groups took just a little time to finish the game, while for other groups it was more challenging. After the game, we all gathered in a circle to share about what we learned. For some, the process was smooth because there was a shared vision - the knot in the center - for all to focus on. For some, it was the support from the team that helped them overcome the challenge.
The afternoon began with Open Space Technology, where three rounds of conversations were conducted by various callers who felt passionate about initiating and hosting conversations about “What’s Next”. It could be about their personal life or professional life, and the topic ranged from how to heal oneself, how to apply Art of Hosting to family communications, how to bring Art of Hosting to companies or organizations, how to combine meaningful work and spirituality while maintaining financial stability, to how to organize festivals about creativity, and so on.
Since there was a lot of verbal communication throughout the day, the check-out team decided to invite everyone to use their hands to create an invisible gift and pass on to the next person in silence. After dinner, the coaching for different teams who would be hosting and harvesting our last day’s processes began, followed by a celebration that included amazing vegan cakes and cookies from our supporter Van, crazy dances, singing, and a lot of playfulness.