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Joe Ramsay
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  • Napanee, ON
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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
I have used similar principles and methods in my work for years, and was introduced to the community by a friend (Chris Corrigan)
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 have been an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada for 31 years, and used many AOH techniques in my work (open space, shared leadership, etc). I would still consider myself a starting practitioner in the specific framework of AOH.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
Consulting/Coaching/Leadership for congregational development, not-for-profit leadership development, organizational planning, community development.
Where do you live/work?
Southeastern Ontario - Toronto - Ottawa - Montreal
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I am also a musician, singer/songwriter, and music is an important element of all my life and work. I have a passion for walking with people as they search for meaning and purpose for their lives and the life of their communities.

Joe Ramsay's Blog

The Cynefin Framework is helpful for discerning adaptive challenges and appropriateness of AoH

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One of the most important leadership innovations of the last two decades is a model for assessing whether we are working with technical fixes or adaptive challenges. In the complex environment that we are experiencing, we can buy into the idea that everything is an adaptive challenge that requires an adaptive leadership approach. While we do face many… Continue

Posted on March 3, 2016 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

Conversations Matter

A posting that I recently shared on my website:

I have been involved in a leadership role in the United Church of Canada from a very young age. Throughout that time, my participation in communities of faith has provided a container to engage in many, many conversations about things that matter: ideas, emotions,…


Posted on February 11, 2016 at 9:29am

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At 5:04pm on July 1, 2015, Nancy Bragard said…

Hello, Joe, and welcome to the Art of Hosting community! Glad to see you here. 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. We hope you will find value in exchanging in this virtual community!


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