How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I first heard about this set of practices and principles a couple of years ago from my good friend and colleague Jerry Nagel. I was fortunate to attend an AoH training with Tokey Moeller and Monika Nissan during the 2010 ALIA Europe gathering in Mennerode, Netherlands.
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)
I am energized by the opportunity to apply AoH principles and practices to the work I do in Minnesota as part of the leadership team for Blandin Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to strengthening rural Minnesota communities. I am also privileged to have theh opportunity to contribute to the broader work of building and supporting a community of AoH practice across the state, as part of InCommons, an inititaive co-sponsored by Bush Foundation, the University of Minnesota and others.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
Community engagement around inclusivity, educational attainment and economic vitality
Where do you live/work?
I live in Grand Rapids Minnesota and my work brings me across the entire state of Minnesota.
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I believe that the greatest challenge for us at this time in the world is to particpate consciously in the evolution of increasingly conscious systems. I am excited to meet and work with others on this path.
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