Events

Art of Hosting Brighton ( and beyond )

1 - 4 March 2017

 

How can we build businesses and communties where everyone can lead, to create a city where everyone feels they matter and belong? 

Participatory leadership training for business, community and a connected city 

  

Why this question?  Because we believe everyone is capable of leading change that they and their community needs.  We see leadership not as a role, but as a behaviour that can be learnt and developed.  Its something we can learn to do ourselves and can only be done with others.  We also believe we are living in a time where people are becoming increasingly clear on the change they want to see. In a time of failing leadership models, disenfranchised communities and growing pressure on our resources, its easy to feel sadness or fear and for this to drive what we do.  But we believe that humanity is fundamentally wired for creativity, compassion and connection, and that these motivations are more powerful and sucessful.  By sharing skills and knowledge we hope to develop a community and more capacity for postive change, right here. 

 

More info here 

Art of Hosting Annual Practitioners Day

Saturday 28th January 2017

10.00am  - 4.30pm

Old Ford Road London E2 9PL

 

No set of skills, techniques or methods can substitute for the consciousness and presence of the host.  The qualities of authenticity, vulnerability confidence and courage support us to stand in the midst of intense emotion and chaos without rushing to fix anything, to be comfortable with emergence and silence and work in service of a purpose bigger than the personal. 

We are offering a hosted practice space to connect with ourselves, with each other, with our work and our purpose in the world.  A space to explore how we engage all of our senses beyond our heads, to access our whole bodies intelligence.

The day will be hosted and held by Meredith Freeman, Liane Fredricks and Linda Joy Mitchell.  It is being offered on a shared economy basis, pay what you can to cover the costs of the day ( between £20 - £60 ) Please bring something that has meaning for you and helps to centre you, we will co create a collective centrepiece.  Please also bring something for lunch to share (there is a cafe on site) . The venue is www.stmargaretshouse.org.uk.  We aim to arrive at 9. 30 for a 10.00 am start and finish by 4.30pm.    

 

You can register for the day here.

 

So looking forward to seeing you 

 

 

 

Art of Participatory Leadership Portugal

22nd - 25th September 2016

Lisbon Portugal  

 

  

 

 

 

What kind of leadership is needed to make our teams and organisational structures more humane and prosperous?

How can we personally build the trust and skills to beome the leaders we are waiting for?

How can we put into action the kinds of leadership we envision as necessary to each participator context? 

 

Leading at the edge requires a different set of skills and collaboration models that tap into the full potential of individuals and organisations to create better, more sustainable, balanced and prosperous solutions.  The concept and practice of shared leadership is becoming more and more central in groups and ortanisations where individuals are urged to actively participate.  This is the real context we invite you to bring forward new solutions to these challenging questions.

 

Detials and Information here 

The Art of Hosting Collaboration and Interconnection

 

St Ethelburgas Centre for Peace:  London UK  

  July 15th - 17th 2016

 

If we are to live and work in a world with community, collaboration and peace at its heart, how can we become more interconnected, better at harnesing diversity and better able to be guided by our deepest inner values? 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all interrelated, with each other and with all life. Every action affects the whole. If we take this as our worldview, how does it impact the way that we live and work? Many believe that it is only when we work from a deep understanding of our ‘interbeing’ that we will be able to evolve beyond the challenges present in the world today.

 

New ways of working are emerging and growing numbers of people want to move away from competition towards collaboration and peace. New skills and approaches are being cultivated. Skills that tune into and are responsive to ambiguity, diversity and emergent circumstances. Skills that foster generative conversation where diverse perspectives can collide to spark new ways of thinking and acting. Skills that invite participation and engagement in new ways, where we can tap the collective intelligence inherent in any group, system or community. Come and learn and contribute and create some new potential for yourself, your work and your community or organisation.

 

Detials and invitation here 

 

 

 

The Art of Hosting Athens

27th - 29th May 2016

 

 

How can participation transform today's challenges into trustworthy solutions that make a real difference for our organisations institutions, communities and societies ?

 

 

Today's world is increasingly changing. It is becoming more and more complex and in many ways confusing. The confusion occurs because challenges are cross cutting and therefore, the traditional linear problem solving methods no longer have impact. It is obvious that throughout the world a systemic malfunction is currently taking place. Our organisations, institutions, communities and societies are in desperate need of contemporary, innovative ways to get over this malfunction. Through meaningful conversations between diverse stakeholders even those holding conflicting perspectives, collaboration between different sectors and participation of citizens, innovative solutions can be found - solutions our world needs right now. Join us for this fourth training held in Athens.

 

Invitation and more information here

The Art of Hosting Karlskrona

 

10th - 13th March 

Sweeden

 

When to step in and when to step back

Building capacity for engagement 

 

 

In a world where we are often burdened with too much choice: time can feel like a scarce commodity. It can feel as though life is something that happens to us, instead of a series of events we choose. How then do we ensure our agency? In some way or another we all struggle to connect with others and to the future that wants to emerge. How do we harness the power of the collective to move forward together?

 

More information and to register 

 

THE ART OF HOSTING BELGIUM

 

6th - 8th Febuary 2016

What if it was up to us to embody a society where everyone can thrive? 

 

 

These days diversity is an inescapable fact of life in Belgium society, in language politics, ethnicity, culture, in the gaps between professional silos, managers and workers, generations, faith and personal histories.  Whereever we look we see canyons to be crossed, bridges to built.  How can top down meet bottom up?  How can we engage with all stakeholders, integrate sucessive waves of refugees, reach out across the boundries of generations, faiths, languages, worldviews and cultures ?  How can we invite all these differences into the rich dance of humanity.

 

What would it be like to embody a society where everyone could thrive , where I can accept and celebrate your cultre

without having to devalue or sacrifice my own ? 

 

Invitation here 

 

 

Art of Hosting new futures in our towns and cities

( south coast ) 

18th - 20th November 2015

Petersfield

 

What's the new relationship needed now between Citizens and Local Government? 

 

 

 

 

 We are living in difficult times of austerity and drastic cuts in services. Many are wanting to re-imagine what their towns and cities could be like as places where local people and communities have a stake and real impact on in its future; where local businesses are supported, local artistic endeavours are celebrated, alternative methods of exchanging goods and services thrive, people are valued for more than their job roles and everyone’s contribution to their community, city or town is valid and valued?  This trainings is about learning some new ways of working together.  Cultivating our personal perseverance and resilience and finding ways to meet the challenges of complexity and rapid change.  It is also an enquiry into how we work with and still challenge those who are in positions of "structural power"

 

What if we could shift to a higher quality of meaningful collaborative dialogue that could really make a difference?

How can we do this in a meaningful way with real mutual benefit, without legitimizing austerity?

How do we converse and engage with people and systems from very different worldviews, visions and ideas?

 

See full invitation here

 

 

The Art Of Participatory Leadership Scotland

29th September - 2nd October 2015  New Larnak 

How can we engage all voices to shape the Scotland that is emerging?

 

 

 

 We are in the midst of significant change. Scotland's citizens have found their voice and have claimed their right to use it.  Today we are calling for a better nation, grounded in a culture of meaningful participation.  Simultaneously there is a deep complexity and challenge, as global crises of people, economy and planet play out in our services, institutions and neighbourhoods.  As Citizens, communities, organisations if we are to unlock the potential of our people, if we are to navigate  the deepening complexity and if we are to move from crisis to opportunity then we need new ways of working together , more effective engagement processes, new forms of leadership and the ability to transform conversation into wiser action - Join Us?  

 

See the full invitation here 

 

The Art of Participative Leadership

Villaneuva de la Vera  Spain

( In spanish language ) 

25th - 27th September 2015 

How do we promote the transformative power of individuals, teams and organisations to build together another world based on collaboration and participation? 

 

This is a crucial moment to bring about this training in Spain.  Right now we are in the middle of much change, growing social consciousness and a growing desire for real meaningful participation.  At the same time to new emerging paradigm of organisational models and methods of communication means we are looking for flexible, decentralised innovative communication and working practices. The invitation is for those of us feeling the desire to strengthen our positive social transformation work in the world, in our communities projects or organisations.  The art of participative leadership is a practice to learn and discover new ways of collaborating and creating innovative solutions that really respond to the times we are living in. 

More information and to register http://liderazgoparticipativo.somosmas.org/spain/

 

The Art Of Hosting Kenya

19th - 21st August 2015, Nairobi

 

How will we collaborate to create safe spaces for healthy conversations amongst communities in Kenya and beyond?
How will we engage all people in shaping the needs of our country?
How will we nourish the culture of citizen engagement and effectively participate in our devolved government? 

 

 

 

 

 

As people who care for the future of Kenya we have a unique opportunity to learn how to host and harvest meaningful conversations as well as learn and practice the art of participatory leadership for the common good of all our communities. In the last few years Kenya has gone though a roller coaster of emotions and changes, which has left us with a need to have difficult conversations.  During this time of uncertainty communities have come together to co create protected spaces where they can revive trust and encourage everyone to listen with an open curious heart.  Art of Hosting provides a unique opportunity to further enhance these existing efforts through creativity and comradeship..... Join us? 

 

See the full invitation here 

 

 

 

Art Of Hosting Beyond the Basics Europe - Leicester UK

Wednesday 8th July to Friday 10th July 2015

How can we sustain depth with the increasing scale, breadth and complexity of our work?
How can shifting our power redefine how we engage in change?
How can we practice friendship as a critical strategic pillar for societal transformation? 

 

 

 

A three day retreat for seasoned leaders and audacious change makers.  The scope, complexity and scale of work we are being asked to engage with continues to grow.  Now is the time to gather, take a breath and learn together.  We will be learning advanced process design, hearing stories of long term iterative strategic intervention, engaging our own limits as leaders and exploring cutting edge change theory.  Bring all you have got, don't hold back and don't be attached. Come with your ongoing projects,insights from your work and places you can practically apply what we learn together.  

 

See the full invitation here

 

The Art Of Hosting Nottingham

 Thursday 25th June to Saturday 27th June 2015

 

What are the seeds of change in Nottingham and how might our collective energies come together in a common direction ?  
What is the new economy of social change?
How can we bring out the best in our organisation and communities and bring more meaning into our work?

 

The purpose of this training is to explore and learn ways of hosting participative conversations and meeting spaces, so we can understand what is needed and how to move into action.  Meetings that truly bring people together and build relationship across the city so our work has more impact.  We would like to explore how to break down the barriers between different sectors and find new perspectives to the current 'ideology' of contracting and commission and being more businesslike' about community development and change.

 

Some doors open only from inside.
~ Hafiz

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