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Katie Boone
  • Mankato, MN
  • United States
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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
Starting in September 2010, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of MN provided our community with a grant to address the Social Determinants of Health and to begin work in redesigning and rethinking how our community supported families from prenatal - age three. Throughout our planning year, we received training in the Art of Hosting and utilized the tools to do the work. We learned that when we, as a community came together around challenging issues, we found the solutions within ourselves. The work we did fundamentally changed the way our community works together. From that point forward, I have been deepening my practice in the Art of Hosting and am now fully stepping into the practice.
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 would say that the Art of Hosting has completely transformed my life and challenged me to grow and learn in ways that I have never experienced before. I'm honored to be part of a small cohort group in MN that is being trained to become trainers in the Art of Hosting. I would say that I'm a starting practitioner... I've been learning and practicing in the Art of Hosting for 2 years now...
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
I'm stepping into work with the immigrant and refugee community in our region. I have an opportunity to do some work with the MN Community Education Association with InCommons. My passion is for community... simple as that. My experiences in my previous position at United Way provided me a rich and diverse perspective on the various human service systems and programs focusing mostly in Early Childhood, Youth Development, Hunger, Mentoring, and Housing.
Where do you live/work?
I live in Mankato, MN and work anywhere the Universe guides me.
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
My passion is for community, and supporting what it takes to build healthy, resilient communities where all members not only have a high quality of life but also are able to thrive, have a sense of belonging, and are empowered to find the solutions they seek within themselves through conversations that matter.

Harvest from Mankato Area Refugee Consortium's Community Conversation

Here's a link to the pdf of the harvest from our community conversation with the Mankato Area Refugee Consortium. We hosted a World Cafe' that explored how to create a welcoming community where everyone feels they belong and can contribute... it was an amazing experience and some wonderful learning came from this! The Planning Committee is meeting at the end of March to decide next steps. 

The deepest personal learning in this for me was realizing that I belong to the Sudanese community, the Somali community. When we asked the question for our World Cafe' it changed our thinking from an "us and them" to a "we". It was a beautiful experience, and we are still hearing a lot of positive feedback from the community folks that participated and contributed to this conversation. 

The journey continues!

Here's a link to the harvest document:


Much love and deep gratitude~

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At 10:30pm on February 19, 2013, Sheila Kiscaden said…

Have a great trip to Brazil.  Sure wish that I was going with you!

At 5:02am on September 18, 2012, Mary Alice Arthur said…

Welcome to the Art of Hosting community, Katie! Glad to see you here! 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.


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