"Lori, what a wonderful conversation we had today! I so deeply appreciate your invitation and the way you hosted Kathy and me.Kathy, it was such a pleasure to hear you for the first time this year and to listen to you speaking on your great insights.…"
"Welcome to the Art of Hosting community, Lori! Glad to see you here (and quick work, you!)! 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…"
How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
Mary Alice Arthur sent me information in an email exchange, catching up on life and work. July 6, 2012 What attracted me is looking at the desciptions. My work is parallel so the people involved in Art of Hosting are my brothers and sisters in this work. I hope to meet and connect; perhaps collaborate
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)
Although I don't do Art of Hosting exactly, I incorporate many of the same elements in my work, holding sacred space for deep, intentional work. My competence as a facilitator and leader is 'experienced'.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
The primary focus in my work is supporting leaders through my relationship with them; using all methods of holding space and facilitating self reflection and communication, as they fit. From there, my work is co-creating, co-designing events and experiences for people that inform, enlighten, and engage them with their true genius. Ultimately, with colleagues we are leading development of Talent Integration Ecosystems. I co-host an almost weekly women's circle, participate in the Naam Yoga community, am a Harmonyum practitioner, and have hosted World Cafe, Open Space, and worked with Appreciative Inquiry, Non-Violent Communication and Compassionate Communication. One colleague and I have developed Playful Inquiry (see playfulinquiry.com) and with some other colleagues have formed the Future Working Together Guild. We use World Cafe and other hosting/facilitating methods in the events we hold with communities in that work.
Where do you live/work?
Live in Thousand Oaks, CA, just north of Los Angeles, and work anywhere.
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
My interests and passions are fairly well included in my Web site lorisortino.com. Blogs are under NEWS and check out my projects, then click on the vimeo and youtube icons to view my video interviews, listen to the Norma Radio interviews and shows (Norma Radio is listed under projects). I have an interest in getting involved in an AoH event near me!
Lori, what a wonderful conversation we had today! I so deeply appreciate your invitation and the way you hosted Kathy and me.
Kathy, it was such a pleasure to hear you for the first time this year and to listen to you speaking on your great insights.
I am also happy to have had an opportunity to share some reflections on the August event as well as examples that have emerged since November 2012 when Jerry, Kathy, and I met virtually to discuss potential ways of bridging the Art of Hosting practices and the business world.
I really look forward to meeting you both face-to-face in the coming weeks/months, and encourage you to explore further opportunities to collaborate with each other!
Welcome to the Art of Hosting community, Lori! Glad to see you here (and quick work, you!)! 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.