Maria has an MBA from Southampton University, UK. She grew up in the international environment of the United Nations, living in Congo, Guinea, India, Nepal, and the United States. Maria’s work focuses on creating participatory processes that invite people from all backgrounds to have conversations that matter. She designs gatherings, trainings, and longer-term initiatives that provide the opportunity for public engagement, organizational development, systemic change with long-term impact. Her focus, at this time of world wide crisis, is on we are fundamentally reframing our leadership, governance and systems in order to create new ways of living and working. Maria has diverse experience such as working as a Corporate Director in Local Government in the UK, founded her own successful consulting company since 2002, co-initiated the Art of Hosting, and works worldwide & in Greece for European Institutions, local government, private and non profit organizations, as well as in local social innovation initiatives. www.the-lwi.org
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Linda is a process artist, crafting and hosting meetings, retreats, trainings and spaces for collective and whole system transformation. A collaborator at heart, a connector of people and ideas, a teacher of living systems and citizen engagement, she brings a therapeutic and systemic lens to her coaching and mentoring work. With over 30 years experience of working with people, teams, communities and organisations, and an understanding of the environmental and strategic policy contexts that we operate in today, her work is to take care of and hold the purpose and the process, the ways in which people come together in cooperative exploratory dialogue. Linda has a background in law, facilitation, psychotherapy, group work and systemic constellations. She works in close collaboration with a network of co-creators to design and offer training in the Art of Hosting and Participatory Leadership. She advises on and hosts strategic consultations and public conversations and has also crafted and hosted learning journeys and more personal retreat spaces for deeper dives into the ‘why and the how’ of life and purposeful work. Linda has worked with a very broad spectrum of people and contexts from strategic management teams in the European Commission to grass roots community development and social change activists in the UK including hosting intimate teams of as few as six people to multi-stakeholder conferences of 700. www.lindajoymitchell.org.uk
Odysseas Velentzas does transformative work on the edge of the systemic change. He is working with social enterprises and social movements by offering participatory methodologies to support meaningful conversations based on social challenges so they become realities, supporting emerging leaders and innovators and creating spaces of learning through Art of Hosting Trainings, Participatory Workshops, Learning Journeys and Café Conversations etc. He is co-founder of the Systemic Innovation Zone, an expression of a small group of Greeks and Internationals who believe that participating in leading our own lives by digging to our roots , discovering our hidden treasures, and finding our own new ways is the way systemic change occurs (www.the-siz.org). He is a founder of Process Makers.
Nikos is a Graphic Facilitator, Graphic designer and Concept artist. His work includes the visual communication and harvest of transformative work in both social initiatives as well as business sector. With his artistic skills he is capturing the results of collective dialogues in Art of Hosting Trainings and Participatory Workshops. Apart of the systemic work he is an expert in social design, branding and typography.
He is a co-founder of Process Makers, a pioneer consulting company in Greece in the field of Participatory Leadership, Graphic Facilitation and systemic transformation.
Anna 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. She is a co founder of Open Space - a collective of practitioners in Bulgaria. www.linkedin.com/in/dimitrovaanna
Anton 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 Otsreshta - a social innovation space. Anton holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in leadership towards sustainable development. He is a co founder of Open Space - a collective of practitioners in Bulgaria. www.linkedin.com/in/valkovanton
Atanas has 10 years of international experience in designing and delivering learning experiences on personal development, participatory leadership and strategic sustainability. He has created more than 200 training courses in more than 20 countries around the world. Currently he is working on training projects in Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. Atanas deeply cares for people and their learning, thus his trainings are infused with passion and attention. His approach involves working with the bigger system and he aims at change and transformation at both personal and professional level. Atanas has been an Art of Hosting practitioner since 2014. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (BTH, Karlskrona, Sweden) and has a background in virtual and experiential learning. He loves writing, travelling and spending time in nature. www.linkedin.com/in/atanasgenkov
Zlatina designs processes that help creators, impact makers and entrepreneurs to connect with the deeper purpose of what they do, to master their collaborative and learning skills, to grow and communicate authentically the purpose and mission of their organisations. In the last 8 years she has been using participatory learning, storytelling, dancing, design thinking, and Art of Hosting methodologies to create learning spaces, build communities and meaningful connections between people, fields and contexts. Her experience in entrepreneurship and dancing, combined with her education in Business and Lifelong Learning, create her unique multidisciplinary approach towards communication, learning and innovation. Her mastery is her ability to empathically understand, strategically connect, and encourage people with ideas that need action. She believes that powerful relationships, authentic communication and collaborative work are at the heart of meaningful work and creation. www.linkedin.com/in/zlatinatsvetkova
Maya has a BA in English Studies and an MA in Media, Communication, Culture from a tri-national university program, based in Bulgaria, Germany and France. Her professional background includes employments in the field of Education, External Communications, Customer Service, Translation and Interpretation. Maya was fully trained in the methodology of Art of Hosting during her traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels. She has since participated in the design and hosting of more than a dozen events in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. Maya believes meaningful conversations start with the patience and ability to listen to others and appreciate their views. She enjoys adventures and is always seeking ways to challenge herself. www.linkedin.com/in/maya-v- ivanova
Vihra grew up in Bulgaria and then moved to study in Germany. After her Bachelor she worked 6 years in Frankfurt as a management consultant. Her interest in sustainability lead her to the Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability in Sweden, which she graduated in 2015. This is where she encountered and co-organized her first Art of Hosting training. Since then she had been an active part of the Art of Hosting community with a strong interest in applying the methods and underlying world views in her everyday life. Vihra is working as self-employed designer and facilitator of participatory online spaces. Her vision is that everyone on this planet have access to spaces for meaningful conversations and connection, being them physical or digital. Vihra is passionate about practicing and spreading practices for enlivening individuals and organisations. She is well connected in a number of international networks and loves weaving people, ideas and practices together. Vihra is radically honest to herself and others and you can expect her to ask sharp questions from the heart. https://www.linkedin.com/in/vihra-dincheva-3a214b8/
Dimitris, is currently an apprentice in the Art of Participatory Leadership and one of the new members of the Process Makers team. He has recently been involved in small and large scale projects, assisting at the design and hosting of participatory processes. Dimitris grew his skills in facilitating difficult discussions and conflict situations by receiving training in Community Mediation and Public Dialogues Facilitation. His primary occupation since 2008 has been the organisation and coordination of workshops, trainings and conferences on behalf of organisations of the Greek and International Civil Society.