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Nancy Bragard
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L'Art du Leadership Participatif proposé à Paris du 25 au 27 septembre 2019

L'Art du Leadership ParticipatifSéminaire Découverte Du 25 au 27 Septembre 2019 à ParisRalentir pour créer les conditionsnous permettant de façonner ensemblele monde dans lequel nous voulons vivre  Et si nous osions...…expérimenter des pratiques collaboratives invitant à ralentir pour mieux agir ?…explorer ce que cela apporterait à nos équipes, organisations, territoires…See More
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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 this community thanks to Ria Baeck, Judith Heezen and Lieven Callewaert back in February 2008 when I partook in the second iteration of Women Moving the Edge at Heerlijckyt. That was my first AoH "happening" and it changed my life ... I walked into this free of any expectations or objectives, beyond learning and discovering new paradigms. It is undoubtedly my unmitigated trust in these 3 people and my addiction to adventure that attracted me!
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 grown with AoH as a "tutor" since March 2008 and it is now an integral part of the work that I do or at least touches the work I do in organisations. I have attended 3 subsequent enquiries and called the first AoH in French in Compiègne France along with my mates, Helga, Laurence and Nad in July 2010. This was a new birth for the French-speaking community which today is vibrant and calling for more! The journey continues...
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
As an interculturalist, I am opening my work as a result of the hosting practices. Rather than addressing the intercultural component as a "service to deliver", I invite participants to take responsibility for their development. I continue to bring my field competence. But my methods are participatory, the learning is co-created, participants take ownership and the changes are sustained. It's amazing what can happen when you turn the keys over to the the learners!
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
The potential in organisations when the essensial benefits of being happy are grasped.
New leadership paradigms.
Capturing and enhancing talent.

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At 8:06am on November 18, 2019, Laure Delmas said…

Merci beaucoup! Je me réjouis de ta venue à Nantes et de la possibilité de se recontrer, et si je pouvais assister au séminaire avec le Mouvement Participatif, et apporter une contribution quelconque, ce serait avec grande joie.

A très bientôt!


At 6:02am on November 18, 2019, Laure Delmas said…

Bonjour Nancy,

Merci pour ton message de bienvenue. Je serais heureuse d'être mise en lien à Nantes avec des personnes expérimentées dans le AoH et de rejoindre une communauté francophone.

Je vais rajouter une photo sur mon profil comme tu me l'as suggéré.

A bientôt!


At 4:54am on November 11, 2019, Hanne Fink Ferdinand said…

Thank you Nancy, I look forward to diving in :-)

At 2:34pm on September 15, 2019, Pamina Haussecker said…

Hi Nancy! Great to hear from you and happy for my ning-account to finally kick off :-)). Hope to see you again here or there. Warm regards, Pamina

At 4:09pm on August 6, 2019, Brian Dooley said…

Hello Nancy,  what a wonderful place I find here.  I am happy to be welcomed so warmly by you, and that fact that you are local is even better.  I have been Zooming with international folks and the timing is often a struggle.

I am hoping to build out my skills in helping people makes connections. My vision is a bit of a work in progress, but I feel very troubled by all this discord I see in the world, especially in the US.

I have been in variety of sales  and marketing roles in my career, and wish to put a point on my efforts by finding/generating meaningful work, and ultimately revenue.  Though, I am not certain how that would look. I am a member of the Boston Facilitators'  Roundtable, FYI.

Mostly, I seek to improve my own capacities in conflict resolution, curiosity, compassion (for self and others), and would like to help make the world a more loving place. The corporate path has been, shall I say, disappointing. 

A book that is now captivating me is "A Course of Love", which is a spiritual treatise, and some regard this as a follow-on to "A Course in Miracles."  This stuff is pretty "out there", as it's a "channeled" document, from someone who made a big dent in the universe... no name's mentioned.  I am not a religious guy, but this writing speaks to my heart. 

And, a man who's work I greatly admire (Otto Scharmer) has beautifully expressed a way forward for humanity. His approach is holistic, and involves us using our heads, hearts, and guts. It's past time for a new way.

That is all for now.  I'll LinkIn with you, as well.

Thanks again for reaching out. 



At 1:11pm on July 14, 2019, Paolo Martinez said…

Ciao Nancy and thank you very much for the warm welcome! 

I know Jean Philippe and have participated with him to two IAF conferences in Europe. We are also both coordinating respectively the French and Italian IAF chapter helping people and organisations understand the power of (good) facilitation. I will explore the space that I see is thriving and also suggest to establish future collaborations between AoH and IAF, unless they are already set-up as together we can all share more and more ideas and face complex challenges.

At 5:42pm on December 31, 2018, Lani Brunn said…

Hi Nancy,

I just received a comment on my wall that is obviously fishing spam. Is this person a member here?  I am not sure who I should alert about this. Here is the comment:

t 2:44pm on December 31, 2018, Ahmed Maris said…

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Have a nice day
Thanks God bless.

At 5:28am on December 7, 2018, Liz Clarke said…

Thanks for the warm welcome Nancy! looking forward to joining in the conversations

At 6:40pm on November 20, 2018, Bruce Schuman said…

Art of Hosting is a beautiful project and concept.  I always learn from it.

Right now, I am creating a framework for co-creation at, and I am both following Art of Hosting principles, and wanting to attract Art of hosting practitioners.  

Thank you!

At 7:17pm on November 17, 2018, Lani Brunn said…

Thanks Nancy!


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