The Art of Participatory Leadership Training 2017

A new world view practice

3 day entry level training

Our callling question:

How do we create sustainable work whilst being in constant change, chaos, and complexity?


Today’s world is in flux. We are feeling this on a large scale and in our daily lives. 2016 saw the mass movement of people and politics: people seeking refuge into Europe with closed borders and the loss of lives, a Brexit result to the UK referendum, the US and other elections. Here in Greece we continue to feel the squeeze of austerity with no sign of letting up. It is becoming clearer and clearer that the traditional linear and top-down leadership and problem-solving methods simply no longer work. On a personal level, we are experiencing the uncertainty and stress that come from this increasingly global state of chaos and complexity. Now, more than ever, we need to think and work differently.

Greece is a living model of communities opening up to the new systems and creating new forms of collaboration within a context of collapse. These prototypes are based on a worldview of self-organization and participation, based on theories and practices of “living systems”. Where there is life, the new systems are emerging; specifically, through engaging together to find the intelligence, resilience, moral values and surprising resources between us. The current crisis has left many feeling powerless, and yet we are seeing over and over that within the collapse lay the seeds of immense possibility.


Experiential learning with practical applications


We invite you to join us to learn and practice the Art of Participatory Leadership. This practice focuses on creating the conditions for meaningful conversations between diverse actors & sectors, even with conflicting perspectives. By bringing together a variety of participants from all backgrounds, ages and nationalities, the training creates a space for authentic connections that fosters the capacity to transform, inspire, and empower. During the three days you will experience practices of dialogue, to support you in discovering skills and accessing the courage to traverse complexity and confusion. Participatory Leadership is a practice of collaboration and leading that invites the diversity among us to uncover new solutions. This training will allow you to explore with others a new perspective on how co-operation, collaboration, complexity and conflict can create generative results. The training works on two levels simultaneously, the personal and the collective, and explores ways of how one helps the other to grow.


We will learn, explore and practice

Participatory methods of engaging small and large groups in conversation.
Forms and strategies to build up co-operation and collaboration.
World Views and models that will help you to work with complexity.
New perspectives, tools and practical ways of engaging a diverse group of people to discover new ideas and solutions by working generatively with complexity, conflict and emergence.
Process Design, i.e. planning the process before implementation, as a structure for new potential and possibilities to emerge.
Theories, models and teaching sessions from experienced practitioners.

You will also:

  • – Generate new knowledge together that you can apply to your context –
  • – Listen to stories from different places and perspectives –
  • – Contribute to other people’s learning by sharing your insights, questions, projects –


  • – Deepen and develop and design your ideas, projects, goals, initiative, questions in a collective learning space –
  • – Join an international network and community of practice and connecting with a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds –



The Training

The 3-day experiential training is the 6th one held in Athens. It is an entry-level training into the Art of Participative Leadership (AoPL) designed by experienced trainers who are working with participation worldwide. You will experience models, methods, and process design techniques that will support you to explore working with collaboration strategically so that diverse or even conflicting perspectives can create a new future. On a personal level, you will experience a sense of belonging to a community where you can share similar fears, anxieties, hopes and ideas. You will be introduced to a global network of people actively involved in creating new systems of living and working.

The training will support your learning by teaching the underpinning theory of participatory leadership, give real time experience through using the dialogue methods and coaching those who are ready to begin hosting during the training. Participants will be in the practice of hosting whilst learning about it. The training will be held in English with Greek translation (if required).



200 € for Students

350 € for Self-employed, Non Profit Organisations & Social Enterprises

750 € for Private & Public sector employees


We offer 15 scholarships through our “Shared Tuition Programme”. If you wish to apply please register as a scholar HERE Application deadline: APPLICATIONS CLOSED


APPLICATIONS CLOSED (all spaces are filled!)


Starts: 10:00 am | Friday 5 May 2017

Ends:  05:00 pm | Sunday 7 May 2017

Included in the price: Refreshments & lunch. Workbook of models & methods, and a printable version of the graphic recording produced during the training are included in the price


If you need more information please contact us at contact[at]aoh-athens[dot]gr


Artower Agora – Armodiou 10, Barbakios square, 10552 Athens (8th floor)
Walking distance from metro stations: Monastiraki, Omonoia



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