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The need for collaboration is as important during this time of Pandemic as before. Some argue it is even more important in order to reduce isolation. Yet how can this be done successfully online? We have all attended webinars, meetings and other online events, where we have been passive, listening to one person broadcasting knowledge slide- by-slide, and feeling even more isolated.

Yet, what if your work requires you to bring teams, partners or multi- stakeholders together? What if you need to invite them to share their experiences and perspectives in order to create shared knowledge and solutions? What if you are designing new services and products and seek to engage others in the innovation process?

In this online masterclass, you’ll be guided by an international team of Art of Hosting practitioners with combined experience in diverse sectors. We know that productive collaboration can be cultivated as much online as onsite and that going digital holds many new opportunities. We offer our experience in working with the dynamics of in-person participation and how to adapt them to the virtual environment. You will experience the methods so as to have an embodied understanding of collaboration online as well as learn how to create the conditions for this to happen in your context.


• Participatory Methods such as Triads, World Café and Open Space that can be hosted online to create authentic exchange and new knowledge

• Ways in which participants can collaboratively collect key insights and knowledge using online tools such as Jamboard, Mural, google docs and Miro

• Methods that help people to not feel disembodied but able to bring their whole selves

• How to use the Zoom technology so that plenary sessions as well as breakout groups can take place

• An overall experience and understanding of core elements to remember when inviting, designing, facilitating and harvesting collaborative spaces online


This experiential workshop is comprised of 3 online sessions x 3 hours each on 4, 5 & 11 November, 14:00 - 17:00 CET. You need to be able to attend all 3 days and to use Zoom.


Laura Grassi

Laura supports organisations and communities in navigating the complexity of their work by fostering collaboration and creating an environment fuelled by participation, engagement, and trust. She believes in a future world where people feel fulfilled and engaged at work in thriving organisations that have a positive impact and solve pressing societal issues. Laura brings her experience in facilitation, her process design skills, and her background in business to the table to help social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, developmental nonprofits, social innovators, and cross-sector convenors design and organise key interventions. For this purpose, she uses different methodologies, including Art of Hosting, U-theory, Process Design, Deep Democracy, and Non-Violent Communication.

Rowan Simonsen

Rowan is guided by the question "How do you live a simple life with impact, asking the questions that really matter?" He is an Aikido and Art of Hosting Practitioner, and a Kaospilot. In addition, he is trained in the Disciplines of Peace and in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. Rowan has been working for many years bringing strengthening a global community of practice for Participatory Leaders. To support this, he co-founded Beehive Productions, which is bringing practitioners together to learn from their peers worldwide. Closer to home, Rowan is supporting the creation of resilient and creative rural communities. He has a background in Business Administration and working with innovation and sustainability.

Maria Scordialos

Maria invites people to generatively engage with their changing context, to see new possibilities, and to choose appropriate actions. Through process design and hosting, Maria, in partnership with clients and colleagues, crafts gatherings, trainings, and longer-term journeys of systemic change. Maria’s practice of designing and hosting has emerged from her diverse experience - from working as a manager of national-level pilot projects to being a strategic Corporate Director in UK local government. She has also co-initiated the Art of Participatory Leadership practice, hosted both grassroots and systemic level projects in different organisations and communities throughout the world, and co-founded a place of learning with nature in Greece.

Tatiana Glad

Tatiana is a social entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner and change strategist, with a MSc in Responsible Business Practice. She is co-founder of Impact Hub Amsterdam and Waterlution. As a long-time steward of the Art of Hosting body of practice, she brings a strong sense of how to combine process design & delivery in service of a purposeful shift towards systemic change. She is keen to share how to address challenges and create impactful interventions from her experience in diverse contexts, including social enterprise, development work, public sector, corporate, and multi-stakeholder environments.

Join us to learn how to facilitate meaningful collaboration online through a collaborative online experience!

We look forward meeting you online. For more information regarding this program you can contact Laura Grassi ( laura.grassi {at] impacthub.net ).

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Laura Grassi, Rowan Simonsen, Maria Scordialos, Tatiana Glad

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