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AoH New  York City

A group for those AoH folks in the New York City area and/or those who have participated in AoH/PLs in the area.

Location: New York City, NY
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2019

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Project "Bridging Minneapolis" is underway 1 Reply

I'll warn you in advance that this entry is lengthy. There's just so much to share.Our AoH gathering came on the heels of my return from Congo. I'd been organizing annual fundraisers for years, which…Continue

Started by Dallas Johnson. Last reply by Liz Laboy Jan 31, 2011.

What Has the Recent AoPL in NYC inspired in you? 1 Reply

I'd love to hear how folks have been inspired since our time together in June.  I found some really important mates in NYC and have been working with Kelly McGowan to develop a new iteration of AoH -…Continue

Started by Tuesday Ryan-Hart. Last reply by Martin Siesta Sep 7, 2010.

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Comment by Rosa Zubizarreta on March 24, 2015 at 4:49pm

Hi all... I participated in the Art of Participatory Leadership in NYC in 2010. For those of you who may be wanting to add a new bundle to your medicine baskets, you may be interested in a 3-day deep dive in NYC, April 17-19, on Dynamic Inquiry that I will be offering along with Pat Omidian and Kumari Amy Weaver. Members of the AoH community qualify for the special discount pricing, as do members of the Focusing and NVC communities. I'd love to see some of you there, and will also greatly appreciate any help spreading the word! With much love,  Rosa

Comment by Melissa Simonson on February 17, 2015 at 6:44pm

Hello NYC Art of Hosting/Participatory Leadership pracitioners! I was blessed to discover and participate in AOH trainings while living in Madison, WI in 2012 and 2013 and was part of a vibrant weekly Circle practice for 1.5 years there before moving to NYC in March of last year. After nearly a year of getting my bearings in this city, my heart and soul are hungry for participatory leadership/engagement opportunities, and I'd LOVE to meet you and learn more about the happenings here and the ways that I can contribute, learn and grow along with you. I invite you to reach out to me any time--you can learn more about me and what I'm up to on my profile. Much love to you all.

Comment by Kathy Jourdain on June 3, 2014 at 5:19pm

Hi friends, for those of you in the Eastern US, there is a new AoH offering coming up in October 28-30, 2014 in North Conway, New Hampshire - a residential training on Human Potential and Collaborative Leadership with a new local team.  Jerry Nagel and I are excited to be offering this and would love to have you join us or help spread the word.  Details here:

Comment by Tami Farber on October 8, 2010 at 9:37am
Thank you Kelly. I would love a NY minute or an hour in question if you can guide me on how to call that. I would also love your support in doing an AoH with my youth so maybe a calling with you and Oswald!
Much love
Comment by Ria Baeck on October 7, 2010 at 4:34pm
Hi Kelly, if you have time to harvest this prototype for the larger network, it would be good to announce it in the conversation space of New Developments. Thanks and be well!
Comment by Kelly McGowan on October 7, 2010 at 2:14pm
Tami! This is a great question... I would offer to host an Inquiry w/ mates on this Q. It is a prototype we developed in the NYC Community of Practice and haven't activated in a while. We call it A NY Minute or An Hour In Question. I am out the door now, but could connect around it tomorrow morning. And, would like to share the process and harvest here w/ our community. Yes?
Comment by Tami Farber on September 22, 2010 at 4:11pm
This past monday I used appreciative inquiry as part of a calling of bringing together mentors from a youth development program I was part of developing and running. In two years this was the first time such a calling took place. Knowing there had been great frustration and upset with mentors, using the appreciative inquiry approach held such a beautiful space to focus on the goodness while at the same time having all voices heard. The alling went through the Discovery and Dream piece and now the notes from the calling will be presented to the leadership. My question would be if one is not able to participate in the Design and Delivery piece, how can we ensure the leadership team leading the design and delivery is accountable to the discovery and dreaming that was harvested?
Comment by Liz Laboy on September 22, 2010 at 3:35pm
Hi Friends! I posted a blog about our time together on my company's website,
Looking forward to hearing from you! Liz
Comment by Kelly McGowan on September 11, 2010 at 5:41pm
Hi Friends! Lot's of exciting things have been going on here in NYC since we all met in June!
As noted below, I have the great pleasure of working with Liz and Clarice on a Pro-Action Cafe and Social Shift. Looking forward to co-hosting more Pro-Action Cafes in NYC this fall... if anyone has a local site to offer, please let me know! Ideally w/ small tables!
Anistla, Paula, Tuesday and I have been connecting regarding creating a shift toward participatory practices in the bi-annual harm reduction conference. Anistla hosted a staff meeting in World Cafe, which generated a really great harvest and some deep inquiry into the possibility of using this structure at the conference. More on that from Anistla and Paula!!
Also, Barbara Warren and I have worked together on retreat designs. She hosted a day-long planning retreat for a national network that became a revitalization of purpose and relationship. Looking forward to hearing more from Barbara on this too! .... and to hearing more from all of you!
Comment by Rosa Zubizarreta on September 8, 2010 at 12:23pm
Tuesday, hearing you and Toke share the larger story of the unfolding of AoH in Columbus, inspired me to realize something about the power of having a larger "story frame" to hold a group's process over time... this is something I've done on a smaller scale before, within each meeting of a group that I'm working with... and, it helped me to realize something about the importance of also holding the "larger story", spanning all of the various sessions... there were more inspirations also of course, but this has been a very specific and useful one, that i wanted to share...

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