How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
Attended AoH Transformative Conversations training in West Lexham, UK in June 2012...recommended by a friend in whose project I will be using social innovation tools over the coming months (creating a global network between existing permaculture, community auto-sufficiency and integral education projects)...In addition to the shared concerns/focus (transformation of existing collective systems), I was initially attracted by the communication dynamics aspect...but found it it be so, so much more...
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 only recently participated in the training....but everything about the AoH, the people, the shared experience in West Lexham...all of it resonated beautifully...felt like coming home. I will be applying the techniques/technologies very soon, for the first time, in the company of two other AoH practioners.And after that, I hope to become active, using the hosting techniques, in transition-type efforts, wherever I settle down from my nomadic lifestyle in the next few months..
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
In the next few months, toward creating a global network (knowledge mobility) of sites in 5 countries, working toward the goals of self-sufficiency of communities, permaculture, and integral education....
After that....perhaps transition movement work in Spain/Portugal and a look into "north-south" dialogue (see below)
Where do you live/work?
Recently moved to Phoenix, AZ
Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I am very interested in starting to look at a two-way conversation (perhaps storytelling?) between communities in “over industrialized” (“first world”) nations and in “developing” nations (having lived in both), whereby what is so amazing and enviable in the latter group – and what we seem to be working to bring back to our overindustrialized societies – can be highlighted, valued and preserved there, despite the massive pressure those societies feel to “develop” (commercialize, consume, isolate) along the same path the first world took…and the overindustrialized communities can see another way of doing things, valuing things, where certain quality of life aspects have been retained.
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Welcome to the Art of Hosting community, Paige! 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.