We are a collective of practitioners, united by the understanding that sustainable solutions and innovation are only possible by participation and inclusion of diverse perspectives.

The team was among the pioneers who brought the Art of Hosting practice to Bulgaria in 2013 and since then have been practicing and spreading the awareness via training, hosting meetings and designing processes for groups and organizations.

 
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Methods


ART OF HOSTING

is a highly effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size. As practitioners in the international community of practice, we apply a variety of methods and tools for leading change through active participation and through engaging groups and teams in meaningful conversations and authentic collaboration. 

SOCIAL LABS

is an approach to solving complex problems in a systemic way that engages interdisciplinary actors in experiential work on solving a concrete wicked problem.  

THE NATURAL STEP

is a model for planning and action for environmentally and socially sustainable businesses, communities and cities, which is based on strict scientific principles and active participation of stakeholders.

Team


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Anton Valkov

Anton Valkov has 10 years of international experience as a consultant, entrepreneur and project manager in the fields of youth, sustainable development, and organizational change. Having lived and worked on various projects in Europe and Latin America, he contributes with a wide range of skills and perspectives related to organizational development, group dynamics, and strategic planning. He is a leading practitioner in the Art of Hosting community in Bulgaria, he is also an author, and host of a number of training formats. In 2014 he returned to live in his native Plovdiv, where he is one of the creators of a social innovation space called Otsrestha. Anton holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Control of Economic Academy "D. Tzenov" in Svishtov and Master's degree in leadership for the sustainable development of Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

CONTACT ANTON:  LinkedIn | Twitter | Email

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Anna Dimitrova

Anna Dimitrova works at the intersection of business and social impact for over 10 years as a leader and consultant of ambitious projects in France, England, and Egypt. Anna applies the methods of participation in her work with large companies (PwC Egypt) and international organizations (GIZ, European Commission) as well as  with the start-up entrepreneurs and communities. Since 2013 she works with leading incubators for social entrepreneurs in London and Cairo on building better processes and services. She directly supported a total of over 20 start-up social entrepreneurs in their strategic development. Anna is a practitioner in the Art of Hosting network since 2012 and has actively contributed to the introduction of the practice in Bulgaria. Anna has a BA in Political science from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" and an MA in Social economics and entrepreneurship from the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

CONTACT ANNA: LinkedIn | Twitter | Email