How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I first came across AoH in Ireland a few years ago at a few events that were hosted by practitioners. I then was reintroduced to it in my masters in MSLS in Sweden in 2012. I first attended a training here in Karlskrona in 2013. I am attracted to this work for many reasons, primarily around the ideas of holding space for authentic conversations and human connections to be made. My diverse background is in complementary health, finance, international development, mechanical engineering and sustainability and I am looking for a way to bridge all these worlds together and have a framework by which I myself can be the host/bridge for these worlds to interact with each other.
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 currently doing my masters in BTH in Karlskrona in MSLS and my thesis is on Art of Hosting and how it can foster social capital and trust within multi-stakeholder and cross sectoral settings. So although at the end of this thesis project I hope to be very well versed in AoH practices I am still very much a starting practitioner who is eager to learn and practice more and more.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
As i said above I am very interested in bridging the business, engineering and design with complementary health, international development, and sustainability. I believe at the core of all of us and the systems within which we reside is a human element that longs for connection, illumination and joy. I want to create space for that reconnection to our true authentic humanness.
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I am passionate about experiencing nature and life in all her mystery and wonder. I love to travel and to dive into diversity. I am happiest with my rucksack, pen and notebook meeting different cultures and finding the similarities that we all share... kindness, love and joy :)
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Welcome to the Art of Hosting community, Elaine! Please post a photo when you can so we can really "see" you here. Then join in with all the conversations. You'll find plenty of resources here, too, to help you deepen your practice. And the more you add to your profile, the more the community can learn from you and share with you.