Mohammed on his experience with the Art of Hosting training
When I arrived I thought I just needed a toolbox or methodology that would provide me with a quick fIx for the problems and challenges I faced. The training exceeded my expectations. There were the methodologies that we learned, but we also worked on a deeper level and this allowed me to explore things that are – to this day – self-empowering instruments in so many ways.
My goal was to connect and work in collaboration with the diversity of all stakeholders towards a united vision
For example: first and foremost I learned to recognise and allow many stories to exist at the same time. Secondly, I discovered the power of slowing down and connecting thoughts with emotions and only then moving to ideas and action.
It was only by moving to this new level of experiencing things that a shift could take place and create effective and long lasting change.
The first time I did the Art of Hosting training myself was two years ago when I was working as a community builder within my own neighbourhood in Amsterdam. In this function I had to deal with a lot of different stakeholders. Each of them had different values, interests and level of involvement in the neighbourhood. My goal was to connect and work in collaboration with the diversity of all stakeholders towards a united vision of creating a neighbourhood that was fun to live, shop and work in.
In my work I often have to co-operate and co-create things with people from different fields. The Art of Hosting has given me the tools to organise meetings and gatherings in such a way where the results are beneficial to everyone.
The leadership training to deal with complex challenges – Art Of Hosting comes to Amsterdam in March – find more information here www.aoh-amsterdam.nl