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Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions


Art of Participatory Leadership - EU Institutions

After some years of bringing Art of Hosting - Art of Participatory Leadership - into the European Commission, it was spreading into the Commission and other institutions - time to reflect collectively on the learnings so far and look forward on what is the direction and next steps into the future. (started in Nov. 2011)

Location: Brussels and beyond
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Latest Activity: Nov 18, 2019

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Harvesting from the field 7 Replies

This is a space where we can upload documents that are harvests from our practitioners' field that can then be helpful to our mates 'out there'.Continue

Started by Helen Titchen Beeth. Last reply by Helen Titchen Beeth May 6, 2014.

Collective Story Harvest in the Strategic Programming and Planning CoP 4 Replies

It is  now the second time we used the collective story harvest as a tool in that community. It is great for several reasons: it is community building, people understand they are not alone, we learn…Continue

Tags: Institutions, SPP, Story, Harvest, European

Started by Ursula Hillbrand. Last reply by Nora Ganescu May 29, 2013.

Progress report from the field of Participatory Leadership in the Commission - June 2012 5 Replies

This extract from my journal was written during the preparation day before our 3rd practitioners’ gathering, in June 2012 As I write, during the hour before lunch in the preparation day, the rest of…Continue

Tags: participatory, leadership, Commission, European, Futures

Started by Helen Titchen Beeth. Last reply by Helen Titchen Beeth May 4, 2013.

What is the 'next level' - there's a shift in the field

I wrote this reflection in response to an inquiry going around on the AoH mailing list, and thought it belongs here too. It is around What is the next level of AoH?"I have just come out of some rich…Continue

Tags: leadership, participatory, teams, core

Started by Helen Titchen Beeth Apr 30, 2013.

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Comment by Isabella Oswald on March 21, 2013 at 12:58pm

Hi Wal - and Niklas & all the others,

Niklas - I m also interested in your capital is a term by Pierre Bourdieu - in comparison to economic, cultural, symbolic capital.
found recently an interesting esssay:

-  commented yesterday the book "Kulturinfarkt" with Bourdieu. - at the Institute of Cultural Management / Vienna

Comment by Waltraud HELLER on March 21, 2013 at 12:50pm

Hi Niklas, your work sounds interesting! But please can you explain a bit what you understand by "social capital"...? thanks, Wal (from an EU Agency)

Comment by Helen Titchen Beeth on March 21, 2013 at 12:41pm

Hi all - I'll be on the road in the UK until 2 April, but that doesn't mean I can't skype. :-)

Comment by Ursula Hillbrand on March 21, 2013 at 10:28am

Ria, this is a very good question. Maybe something for the next conversation you, Helen and Nick might be having?

Comment by Frans Nijs on March 21, 2013 at 7:24am

From the thread in this conversation I understand that Niklas is investigating on Social Capital in the EU institutions. In that case also the EC AST Network is a valid argument for investigation. Niklas can mail me at for more explanation.

Comment by Ria Baeck on March 21, 2013 at 7:09am

I'm wondering how you/we can host - in real AoH way - this research project?!?

Comment by Ursula Hillbrand on March 21, 2013 at 6:45am

Niklas and team,

this link has now started to travel the internal practitioners network, many of whom are very active in hosting, designing and promoting the methods. So some people are for sure very good to speak about how it made it's way in, and others would be good to take on board for how it is living and developing now. A core group holds the famous "Thursday morning coffees" in a café near Schuman, where we exchange and explore, and deepen, and we also organise monthly lunchtime practice meetings. That in addition to the official training offer. So the more angles you receive, the better your picture! And sure, we can give you names, and many are lurking here, and might just contact you as well.

Comment by Ria Baeck on March 21, 2013 at 5:34am

I don't know all the people inside the EC, so I cannot guide you to the 'right' people... but sure OK to have a skype conversation! Helen is somewhere on holiday, so she has to come up with times and dates that would fit her schedule.

Comment by Rainer v. Leoprechting on March 21, 2013 at 5:34am

Hi Niklas, you can interview Lena and myself about the early years, we've been pulling a few strings and prepared ground in the EC. Lena and I left the EU administration last year and now live in Austria.

Comment by Niklas Bruce on March 21, 2013 at 4:29am

Yes, I got that impression from Matthieu, that Helen was the "first one on the boat", so Helen, you are definately someone that we will need to talk to. As you pointed out, I also think it is a good idea to have several people with insight guide us to our participants, maybe you Ria, by virtue of your external perspective could help with that?

At this point we are trying to get a more clear view of what has happened. Again, thank you both for being so enthusiastic, I can understand that AoPL is "your child" and we depend or your guidance, so thanks in advance for all assistance.  

Would you Ria and Helen, be willing to have a Skype conversation with us in the coming week?




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