How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
First learned about AoH from a colleague, Ginny Belden-Charles when we co-facilitated a Global Women's Leadership Convening. Then I took the training in October 2011 offered through the Bush Foundation in St. Paul MN.
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
Although officially I would be considered new to AoH, I've been a consultant for 16 years using many of the techniuqes and tools -- most of my work is grounded in social construction stance -- using Appreciative Inquiry and Narrative Mediation and practices as the frame from which I do most of my work. What I love about AoH it is a larger frame and container in which to do this work. And I love the community. It also allows me to openly incorporate my spiritual practice of being a longtime meditator and seeker.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
collaborative practices, leading contextually, social change and social justice, strategic planning, conflict transformation, multi-stakeholder group facilitation -- courageous conversations.
Where do you live/work?
Primarily in and around Minnesota, across the U.S. and South Africa
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