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Linda Joy Mitchell added a discussion to the group AoH UK

Art of hosting Bristol 2014 video montage of the latest gathering in Bristol - land arising, activism, love beauty and tribe and a whole lot of fun.  Such a sweet time.  What would you do if you believed anything was possible? See More
Jun 20
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Mar 13
Linda Joy Mitchell added a discussion to the group AoH UK

Introduction to Art of Hosting Bristol UK June 6th and 7th

Please help us spread the invite ...or see you there maybe? Do you find yourself asking questions about the future and your place in it?  This 2 day Introduction to the Art of Hosting will provide an opportunity to explore methods that support the development of our questions and ways in which we can be in conversation about them.  These approaches provide a pathway for our own development, for our work with others, and for creating the changes we wish to see in the world. We will create an…See More
Mar 13
Linda Joy Mitchell commented on Linda Joy Mitchell's event 'Introduction to Art of Hosting'
"See the full invite on the AOH UK ning or mail for more information "
Mar 13
Linda Joy Mitchell added a discussion to the group AoH UK

Story Dojo UK - explore the power of story in your life and work

We would like to invite you to theSTORYTELLING DOJO UKMay 29th - June 1st 2014There is a power and potency in stories we are only now rediscovering. As the basic form of human currency, stories hold our worldview, the wisdom of our experiences, our history and legacy and potentially clues about the way forward. The key to unlocking their power is learning how to work with story – both for yourself, for the groups and systems you are part of.On this three day residential training we will look at…See More
Mar 11
Linda Joy Mitchell and Stien Michiels are now friends
Mar 4
Elisabeth Svanholmer left a comment for Linda Joy Mitchell
"Hi Linda Thank you for the friend request. After I accepted it I couldnt find the comment/message you sent so I thought I'd contact you here. It would be good to have a coffee in near future. Have you got any ideas about good place and time?…"
Jan 21
Linda Joy Mitchell and Soledad Pons are now friends
Jan 16
Linda Joy Mitchell added a discussion to the group AoH UK

Art of Participatory Leadership Scotland

Some very special emergence in Scotland - a call for a radical new way of delivering public services, new governmental arrangements that go way beyond anything Im hearing in England and an amazing group of people got together in November for a training.  Check out the harvest website here is a little 2 page harvest document of the 3 days Scotland is ALIVE See More
Jan 10
Linda Joy Mitchell joined Chris Corrigan's group

Creating some theory

A group to look at trying to understand what works about participatory practice for groups and the four fold practice for individuals.  See More
Jan 10
Linda Joy Mitchell joined Judith Stemerdink-Herret's group

AoH Kenya

Welcome to the group of AoH practitioners in Kenya, other African countries and all interested people who want to share experiences with participatory leadership and meaningful conversations!See More
Nov 22, 2013
Linda Joy Mitchell commented on Rowan's group 'AoH UK'
"Places running out fast on the aoh scotland gathering....last call last call ;)) see for detials or to register  xx"
Oct 30, 2013
Linda Joy Mitchell joined Katie Boone's group

Wicked Questions

This is the place to share the juicy questions that hit the sweet spot. You want to ask them again. You want to share them globally. We want to explore them with you. Feel free to contribute to the juiciness of our inquiry here!See More
Oct 19, 2013
Linda Joy Mitchell added 2 discussions to the group AoH UK
Sep 19, 2013
Linda Joy Mitchell commented on Rowan's group 'AoH UK'
"A little harvest from a training for grass roots community activists here in leeds this summer xxRecord%20AOH%20LEEDS%20%202013%20FInal%20%20.pdf"
Sep 19, 2013
Linda Joy Mitchell posted an event

Art of Participatory Leadership for System Change in SCOTLAND at Scotland

November 26, 2013 at 6pm to November 29, 2013 at 5pm
Scotland is awakening.  if we are to seize the opportunities emerging in communities, businesses and organisations across the country.  Now is the time to be brave and do things differently. We must explore new paths so we can achieve the fundamental changes needed to realise our potential together.  Join us as we learn the art of hosting authentic conversations, at every level of Scottish society, to lead us to wiser action and real change  WHAT KIND OF FUTURE DO WE WANT TO CREATE FOR…See More
Sep 19, 2013

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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 came into contact with art of hosting at a course at Launde Abbey in the UK in 2008. There I met people who have turned into very dear good friends and work colleagues and I think I can say that this course , this meeting, this experience changed my life. Its like its what I had been waiting for - for years, and it scared the pants off me ! Firstly this way of working changed how I design and host events, now it seems to be operating on the way I live my life ( as in open space in as much emergence as possible and living and breathing the chaordic space ) What attracted me is the simple humanity. the simple humaness of meeting together in well held spaces where we can discover and the speak our truths. What holds me now is community and relationship and the potential of what we all hold together for the future
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)
Im a very well seasoned practitioner and life long learner. More and more I'm moving into stewardship and supporting others in their journeys and hosting experiences.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
I make my living hosting meeting space between local grass roots communities, civil society organisations and the publci sector in the UK. Hosting and teaching the design architecture, hosting, holding and harvesting of healthy productinve meeting places and spaces. This last year I have been part of a core group stewarding and developing two multi stakeholder projects, one on food and one on finance in the UK. This has moved me into the whole field of systemic social innovation work. How do we bring about systemic change? what does that mean? - how do we scale up our work and hold it long term? Im interested in the whole area of collective intelligence, field work and developing networks and relationship between us.
Where do you live/work?
Leeds UK

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At 8:48am on January 21, 2014, Elisabeth Svanholmer said…

Hi Linda Thank you for the friend request. After I accepted it I couldnt find the comment/message you sent so I thought I'd contact you here. It would be good to have a coffee in near future. Have you got any ideas about good place and time? All the best Elisabeth

At 10:17am on December 24, 2011, daniela terrile said…

ciao linda

how are you? could you please send your poem as result of harvesting of EU gathering to my friend

thank you



At 1:39pm on September 23, 2011, Mara Senese said…

That would definitely be fun!  I am actually in the UK twice a year for a retreat in Wales. Maybe we could cook up something.  Meanwhile keep up the good work.  Many hugs, Mara


At 12:00pm on September 22, 2011, Mara Senese said…

Hi Linda,

Thank you for your kind words.  Yes the circle is indeed protecting and supporting me, I am glad that you remind me of that aspect also. 

And also thanks for the Norwegian's name.  I will contact him to see what we can share together.

By the way, when I read your stuff about what you do, I became so engaged and interested.  I would have loved to know more and to hang out up in your neck of the woods.

hugs and love,



At 3:13pm on September 20, 2011, Mara Senese said…

Hi Linda,

So happy to connect here again!  I have been thinking of you. 

When you get a chance can you send me the name of the Norwegian who you told me about in AoH. 

Talk soon!  love, Mara


At 3:43pm on May 27, 2011, Inma Adarves-Yorno said…

HI Linda,

Thank you for your message. 

It will be great to connect, my email is

Looking forward to it!

All the best,


At 10:33am on November 13, 2010, Nancy Bragard said…
Hey Linda, Great to be "newly" connected, I look forward to our journeys together. Keep an eye out for the Francophone group that will soon see this space. We'd love to count you and your French friend (her name is escaping me...) join us!
Hope you're well.
Hugs -
At 6:41am on October 9, 2010, julie arts said…
Hey Linda!
so great to have another connection-channel :-)
I hope you're doing fine? I run into your name frequently, in stories people tell, and it seems you're doing some great stuff!!
Love to hear more one day,
At 10:07am on September 15, 2010, Rowan said…
Hi matey
Good to see you here. Hope all is well and that life is flowing and afloat.
Good to see energy building here in this space. You are invited to make it your space and add sense, meaning and any comments that can improve this.

Look forward to playin in the future, whereever that might be... could be Colombia... I will be there from Saturday.
Cheers Rowan

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