Tracy’s passion for deeply inclusive, collaborative leadership led her to research how the theories, frameworks, and methods included in the Art of Hosting practice might integrate with a strategic approach for addressing the complexity of the sustainability challenges. She designs and facilitates transformative leadership development programs, multi-stakeholder engagements, and organizational change initiatives using strategic dialogue, collaborative processes, and mindfulness practices. Using what she terms “living systems leadership” through her consulting company Co-Nexio, Tracy brings stories from lived experience along with her passion for teaching and mentoring emerging leaders. After 4 years as Program Director for the Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS), she has helped to steward Art of Hosting trainings in Sweden, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, and the US, with Karlskrona as her AoH heart center. Tracy is based in Duluth, Minnesota US, where she spends her time creating art, studying energy healing, organic gardening, and playing with her Bernese Mountain dog, Sylvie. LinkedIn
Toke has been pioneering the fields of sustainable entrepreneurship, the art of hosting conversations and work that matters, participatory leadership, educational renewal, and social responsibility since the early 1970s. He is one of the the co-founders of The Art of Hosting, The Flow Game, and The Practicing for Peace dojo – all in service of a kinder, more humane leadership and citizenship for the future of people, nature and planet. He is co-founder, with Monica Nissén, of InterChange - a for-more-than-profit training and process consulting company based in Denmark. Toke and Monica have worked with the educational systems, international NGOs, governmental institutions, private companies, health care institutions, villages and first nations and international networks in all the continents. Toke has been part of initiating and supporting the Art of Hosting & Participatory Leadership practices into 32 countries around the globe - as well in the European Commission, ministries, institutions and several universities. Toke strives to inspire himself and others to practice personal peace as a basis to practise peaceful coexistence and wellbeing for All - regardless of circumstance.
“What is happening? What can education also be? How can we work towards collective liberation for all beings? Join us to practice working with participatory methodologies that invite collective wisdom. Let's explore how to work from purpose, together.”
Isabel was born in Mikmaki ( Nova Scotia, Canada) and now lives in Stockholm. Her formal education background is a BA in International Development Studies, A Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, and a Masters in Degrowth : Economy, Ecology and Policy. Her non-formal education includes a Fellowship at the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, Deep Democracy Levels 1, 2, +4, ALIA institute leadership training, and being part of an Art of Hosting and graphic facilitation collective.
She has been a facilitator, designer, coordinator, and director for nonprofits, schools and programs in the sustainability education space. She is currently working at Hyper Island with Learning Partnerships, active in debates about experiential education and the future of work. Her current research focuses on equitable futures creation through arts and policy, and so the calling question for this year is a direct sync! Through her work as a hosting steward, she continues to explore participatory leadership applications as a visiting contributor at alternative education programs and work with creative projects related to collaboration. She never really ends her working engagements given her love for people, place and relationships and so she is a community member of The International Youth Initiative Program, The Unschool of Disruptive Design, the Amazon Summer School for sustainability leaders, and MSLS (where she has been part of the Art of Hosting training for several years and has given lectures and workshops).
Narayan Silva grew up in Brazil but sees himself as a global citizen, with a mixed blood and many years living in various countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He holds a MSc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, and is guided by his passion to support people and organizations who want to realize their potential for creating positive impact. He experienced his 1st Art of Hosting training in Sweden in 2013, which had a huge impact in his work. Since then he has dedicated his life to this field, which has allowed him to host collaborative processes for numerous organizations around the world and from all sectors. He lived in Vietnam to co-lead Knowmads Hanoi before moving to Shanghai in 2018 to join the sustainability consulting agency Constellations as an associated partner. In China he works mostly with European multinationals with ambitious sustainability goals, Sino-European governmental partnerships and public institutions.
Mansi Jasuja | मानसी जसूजा
Mansi feels fortunate to have lived an unconventional story that brought her from practicing architecture to being a practitioner designing & hosting meaningful conversations, processes. She offers a deep connection to life with humour, stories, yoga, creative inspirations, hugs, some madness & a lot of colourful energy. She has worked across several urban environmental disciplines in various international organisations. In 2008, a growing sense of climate urgency led her to re-orient herself & step off the conveyer belt of "success & safety". In the last decade, she has been strongly purpose driven and focuses on facilitating participatory leadership, DEI & empowerment through building capacities, skills & communities. Having grown up with strong family/cultural values around social justice, equality and being in service (sewa), she tries her best to embody these values in her way of being. Art of Hosting feels like her home community and she loves being in practice and embody becoming a warrior of the heart. Some of the "turbans" she wears in her life are: Network & community weaver, Humanist, Host-Facilitator, Sense-maker, Mentor, Mother, Speaker-Storyteller, Systems Rebel, Yogi, Dendrophile. LinkedIn
Justas Kucinskas is a host whose philosophy and movement background have enriched his approach to hosting conversations that matter. As a practicing philosopher, Justas raises questions about the profound impact that language and concepts have on shaping our reality. As a movement teacher and ex-professional dancer, he also understands the importance of nonverbal communication and the role of the body in how we relate to the world around us. With his unique perspective, Justas is committed to fostering connectedness between people and promoting sincere communication, while emphasizing the importance of growth through personal embodied practice. As the founder of MOVI, a movement community in Vilnius, Justas applies the AoH practices daily, using learning provoking movement situations followed by honest group conversation as a recipe for a well-practiced life. As a proud father of three wonderful kids, he's not only an expert in negotiation, conflict resolution, and complex communication, but also a seasoned host in the art of parenting, where his skills are truly tested and expanded in playful and creative ways.
Sophie considers herself an earthling with a deep curiosity for complexity & life itself. She graduated from MSLS in 2020 & has been continuing her learning journey ever since. Sophie is a practitioner of the Art of Hosting, a Flow Game host & active in the Warm Data community, to mention some of the networks she associates with. Being a dancer since early childhood, the topics of embodiment & play mark most of her work. Over the past 2 years, Sophie was invited to steward the international oikos community as a co-president, putting her learnings around participatory leadership, organizational transformation & systems change into practice.
Helle is self-employed host and cultural entrepreneur. She is developing concepts for podcasts and audiowalks for universities and museums and hosting conferences and meetings with a high level of participation and engagement in collaboration with companies and organisations. She has 20 years of experience as a documentarist, host, campaign manager and journalist at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) mainly in the field of green transition, language, arts and culture. Helle is a host and steward of the Flow Game and a dedicated practitioner of the Art of Hosting. She has trained as a teacher and choir conductor at The Musicology Institute in Copenhagen and has studied cross-aesthetics & communication at 'Modern Culture' at the University of Copenhagen. In 2020 she opened ‘The Soil Academy’ (Jordens Skole) for regenerative development in society and micro-farming. As a result there are today several garden action groups around Denmark, an activist media platform communicating about soil and the popular ‘Lovesoil Podcast Masterclass’ courses. Through everything she does she is dancing the dance of engaging people in systemic regenerative thinking, arts, nature and a more active everyday democracy. LinkedIn
Andre enjoys creating the conditions for personal and organizational development. His focus areas are innovation, learning processes and sustainable development. He has worked with public and private actors developing trainings and workshops, as well as, working with innovation performance and capacity building. His academic background includes a master degree in leadership and sustainability; research focused on capacity development for innovation in teams; and certification in coaching methods, which enables him to supporting individuals and teams to develop to their full potential.
Efua is working in a number of fields of inquiry – from storytelling the human cultural relationship to plants, exploring spiritual gender archetypes and how we go beyond them, to visual arts and collaboratively creating new ceremony for these lands in which she finds herself making home (United Kingdom). Efua also works as a sustainability consultant in the built environment, where a lot of energy and materials are spent, impacting how buildings, infrastructure and cities address the need to be resilient and regenerative. As a part of this Efua delivers training and facilitates participatory workshops on culture change and strategy development for sustainability. She co-founded Sheffield Sustainability Network, a participatory, peer-peer learning network and is a part of a deep mentoring group with writer and change-maker, Mac Macartney, exploring the inner path of deep connection and the outer path of being in service to the earth.
May Rada Jutrakul
May is a full-time life-long learner, work-time program manager & learning designer and facilitator (at Hyper Island), and down-town impactful project initiator and supporter. Her curiosity for learning and development began when she realised the inequality of educational opportunities as a little girl, and how her own opportunities in life until today are the product of that inequality. With this fact, May is committed to exploring ways to reshape what education can look like and how one can be in service of it while trying to lessen the gap and make it more accessible for all. May is a big believer in the power of people for change. Through her work around organisation, community, and collaboration, she is inspired to always explore more on topics such as effective participatory processes, self-organised teams, and learning organisations. May uses the tools and methods practiced at AoH and is eager to be of more service and learn from this community that creates meaningful initiation for change. With her background in Master's in Learning, Education, and Technology and MSLS, and impact work in different contexts, May has found her path in working with learning and development, alternative education, education for sustainability, and building leadership capacity. LinkedIn
THE ORGANIZING TEAM
“Only together we can solve complexity - Art of Hosting can give you tools for collaborative emergence for tackling these problems.”
Caroline comes from Germany. Even though her background is in Communication Sciences, and she worked in advertising and sustainability communication, she never learned the tools for having these deeper conversations on a professional or societal level. She is interested in interconnections between systems, as well as between the body and mind on a more individual level. She values the power of community, connection, and of learning from each other, as well as in strengthening our connection to nature. In her personal life, she tries to foster these connections through food, yoga, and being in nature, but she would love to increase this connection on a societal level as a strong leverage point for shifting towards a sustainable society. Joining the Art of Hosting organizing team, Caroline wants to be able to host and hold meaningful conversations, and co-create solutions in a shared space is much needed in a world that is becoming more complex. She also expects to learn about tools and methods to facilitate these conversations.
Anna Dziuba Bergfors
“The Art of Hosting is a training that builds capacity to lead and co-create horizontally and might be used for Visioning and Strategic Planning, Collaborative Project Planning, Personal and Group Reflection.”
Anna was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and at the age of 25, she moved to Sweden. She is living on the countryside and enjoys time with her husband and 3 kids. She has a Master’s in Economy and is currently holding the position of Business Controller at Volvo Construction Equipment. Joining the Art of Hosting organizing team, Anna would like to experience the Art of Hosting from the inside, organize events as well as learn, network, and find deeper connections.
“Come along. Experience. And enjoy ;)”
Margot is French and studied life sciences engineering in Switzerland. After many activities in associations, she finally started working in sustainability for two years. Bonus: she was also a gymnast and then a dancer for 20 years!
Joining the Art of Hosting organizing team, Margot would like to further learn how to host important conversations in a diverse group of people. She feels like that is what the world needs most. She is also looking forward to connecting with amazing people!
“This is where the magic happens.”
Mohammed was born and raised in Morocco, followed his pasion to problem solving, mathematics and physics to be a state engineer in Industry and logistics. During his years of studies, he did a lot of NGOs and volunteering work to develop his leadership and facilitation skills. Then he got the chance to lead a factory startup and managed it for several years to gain experience in management and operational efficiency in the business world. He worked also on raising awareness around SDGs with an NGO based in the UK and created several impactful projects and conferences in Morocco. He is currently doing a master's program in Strategic leadership towards sustainability in Sweden to learn more about leading in complexity and driving sustainable transformation so that he can take this back to his field of expertise and become a change agent.
Mohammed has always had a natural inclination towards leadership roles, from leading his neighborhood basketball team as a child to managing a factory with over 50 employees. Now, he sees the Art of Hosting as a platform that aligns with his evolving goals, helping him develop further his skills and make new connections. The Art of Hosting's emphasis on harnessing collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity resonates with his commitment to sustainable practices and strategic leadership. His industrial and logistics engineering background, along with managerial experience, positions him to contribute valuable insights to the team's endeavors. He is eager to engage in meaningful conversations, facilitate dialogue, and contribute to the development of impactful projects that align with his vision for a sustainable future.
“Many are noble ideas in our minds and hearts to change the world, they develop every day by what we experience. The Art of Hosting is here to give you a platform to converge with other enthusiasts by co-creating and planning for a better future for all.”
Phillypiner is Malawian, and currently living in Karlskrona. Her educational background is Arts in humanities degree; Philosophy and public administration. Her professional background is in social protection programmed coordination. Recognizing the importance of building trust among participants and fostering authentic relationships, which are essential for meaningful collaboration, Phillypiner decided to ioining the Art of Hosting organizing team to learn more of it.
“If you believe in the power of sustainable co-creation when individual journeys are weaved together, Art of Hosting Karlskrona is your place to be!”
Lena holds a bachelor's degree in global project and change management for sustainability which has led her to further pursue her master's at MSLS. She has been engaged in various environmental and social organizations such as the Future for Nature Academy, SGLA or Earth Advocacy Youth for many years. What she is looking forward to the most are the intercultural connections. Lena easily sees people for who they are and is passionate about nuance in conversations, emotions, perspectives, and worldviews. She strongly believes in the power of co-creation when individual journeys are weaved together in collaboration. Her biggest hope for the training is to be inspired and become an inspiration herself.
Lena is passionate about People, Nature and Life in all its facets. Her witty and welcoming personality led her to become a part of this year’s Art of Hosting team in Karlskrona. Being a part of the Art of Hosting team allows her to connect with an inspiring network and gives her the chance to dive deeper into what it takes to organize and hold the space for co-creation in times of urgent need for systemic change. She sees herself immersed in the realm of education and facilitation for sustainable change in the future and feels that the Art of Hosting provides the perfect space for her to practice.