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Janice Thomson
  • Chicago, IL
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Managing time in circle
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I've never started a conversation here so am not quite sure where to put this. I have a question about circle. If this is not the purpose of this board or this should go somewhere else, could someone…Continue

Started this conversation. Last reply by Simon d'Orsogna Dec 13, 2010.


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Janice Thomson commented on Chris Altmikus's group 'Art of Harvesting'
"I created a simple list of harvesting tools for an Art of Harvesting Day in Chicago in May 2013. I put it on google docs so others can add to it. So please do!…"
Dec 10, 2013
Janice Thomson joined Chris Altmikus's group

Art of Harvesting

Group born out of the 1st AoH Training in Bregenz investigating deeper into questions of harvesting... but open for all material related to harvesting! / Gruppe, die sich aus dem Bregenzer AoH ergeben hat und die sich intensiver mit der Frage des Hostings auseinandersetzt ...See More
Dec 10, 2013
Janice Thomson updated their profile
Jun 4, 2013
Janice Thomson commented on Lina Cramer's group 'AoH Illinois'
"We had a wonderful Illinois Art of Hosting community of practice day on May 23, 2013 in Chicago. We were joined by stewards Chris Corrigan, Kathy Jourdain, and Teresa Posakony and hosted by locals Lina Cramer, Kevin Johnson, Renee Jackson, and…"
Jun 4, 2013
Janice Thomson and Karen Schmidt are now friends
Jun 27, 2011
Janice Thomson commented on Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik's group 'The Art of Collaborative Leadership - Sept.'10 Belgium'
"I just signed up for Nick Payne's Graphic Harvesting course, to be held at the Hub in Brussels on the 14th of May. Is anyone else planning to come? For more information:…"
May 2, 2011
Janice Thomson added a discussion to the group AoH Belgium

Harvests from 2.4.11 + Needed: Creation Stories of Global Grassroots Organisations

I'm not sure if each harvest is a separate conversation or should be added as comment. Since I couldn't figure out to which conversation I should reply, I started a new one. The Whole DayThanks so much to Anne, Jean-Christophe and Ria for organising and hosting the event! It was great to have this opportunity to learn more about and practice AoH. The day met all of my incoming expectations. The circle, world café and open space all had useful elements. However, I’m strangely most thankful that…See More
Apr 4, 2011
Janice Thomson joined Ria Baeck's group

AoH Belgium

There is a very diverse group of Art of Hosting practitioners in Belgium; from all kind of backgrounds, and all kind of language groups... diversity is quite present! We use English as a common language, but we invite everyone to speak what they feel at ease with - mostly there are enough people around that can translate for you or for us!See More
Mar 31, 2011
Janice Thomson commented on Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik's group 'The Art of Collaborative Leadership'
"I just discovered a very odd thing: a free online magazine launched last May devoted to the topic of fear. Fear.Less magazine interviews people (some well-known) about the role of fear in their lives. Fear is not only universal but can be quite…"
Jan 13, 2011
Ria Baeck replied to Janice Thomson's discussion 'Managing time in circle'
"Thanks Ursula, great answer - that is really knowledge sharing! That is how we all get smarter!"
Dec 7, 2010
Janice Thomson commented on Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik's group 'The Art of Collaborative Leadership'
"There's an article from Mary Alice, Monica and Ria in the November 2010 IAF newsletter on harvesting & storytelling that features our September training:"
Dec 6, 2010
Ria Baeck replied to Janice Thomson's discussion 'Managing time in circle'
"Janice, I only changed the 'category' of this post to "Questions meet wisdom", because you come with a question and others can respond with some answers from their own experience. That's all about the place of your posting.…"
Nov 29, 2010
Janice Thomson joined Nancy Bragard's group

AoH francophone

Groupe né à Compiègne lors du 1ier AoH en juillet 2010, invitant tout francophone à échanger et explorer en français!See More
Nov 29, 2010
Janice Thomson commented on Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik's group 'The Art of Collaborative Leadership'
"For others interested in virtual hosting....Heartland is offering a free one-hour "Art of Virtual Convening" conference call workshop next Monday, 25 October at 15:00 Brussels time. See here for more…"
Oct 20, 2010
Janice Thomson and Amy Lenzo are now friends
Oct 12, 2010
Janice Thomson commented on Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik's group 'The Art of Collaborative Leadership'
"Thanks Mary Alice! Yes Skype indeed can be a good solution. Unfortunately some organizations block access to Skype for their employees so it's important to also have the option of using a regular phone. I think other conference call services…"
Oct 10, 2010

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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
1. 2007 (as vague concept) and then again in 2010 (as slightly less vague concept)
2. new and still exploring
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 learned about Art of Hosting when I lived in Brussels and worked in public engagement at an EU level. I did my first 3-day in 2010. I moved to Chicago in 2011 and have been supporting the Illinois Art of Hosting community of practice -- hosting events and moderating the group's google group. I still work in public engagement, although at a local level in the Chicago area.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
public participation and democracy
Where do you live/work?
Brussels, Belgium

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At 10:11am on September 28, 2010, Simone Tiesinga-Poutnik said…
Dear Janice, welcome to this online space. PLease feel invited to join our AoCL group

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