The Art of Participatory Leadership Training 2018

A new world view practice

3 day entry level training

Our calling question:

What moves me to take my place in the world during this time of chaos, complexity and collapse?


We are not sitting on a high horse in full armour ready to charge. We’re trying to be the presence of sanity. And for this, we need to develop new skills.

-Margaret Wheatley-


Who am I called to be at this time? Confronted by so much change, polarization and new and uncertain futures, we can find ourselves in krisis. In Greek, this is also the word for “the mental process that leads to a decision or choice”. Do we retreat and cling to our comfort zones? Or do we discover ways to respond to the emerging chaos and collapse? This is a time when we are being asked to take our place in our lives and in the world, regardless of the context in which we live and work.

Here in Greece, a new system is being born within the old one. The multiple scales of crisis over the past 8 years cultivated a fertile practice ground, moving from protest to prototyping. After years of preparation, then a self-organised movement in Syntagma Square in 2010, we have continued by cultivating small yet hardly visible prototypes in our neighbourhoods. Led by citizens and grassroots actions, these initiatives are based on solidarity and humanity and continue to grow in extraordinary ways and circumstances. The shift is still difficult to discern as the austerity still dominates. Yet these tender ‘seedlings’ hold potential.

This Art of Participatory Leadership training will focus on the art of hosting in collapse, chaos and complexity. We wish to share what we have been learning from the past eight years of hosting in this context here in Greece. As a team, AoH-Athens has been collecting and capturing a body of knowledge of how to host when the usual orienting points have been pulled, when you need to host in transitions between the old and the new.


Experiential learning with practical applications


We invite people who are specifically living in or hosting in this context – whether you work in a family business, are a civil servant, manage a corporate company, are a teacher, an academic, activist, or parent or are turning a good idea into a social innovation; you might not even be sure how to call what you are doing or dreaming to do.

Come with your curiosity and longing to learn what moves you to take your place as a leader during this time of chaos, complexity and collapse. Come with your initiatives, to learn and unlearn. We invite you to explore, play and practice being a participative leader—someone who knows how to ask the right questions and creates the conditions for others to join the inquiry. We invite you to search together for new solutions, support diverse leaderships, and to eagerly learn through success and failure.


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 7th 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 scholarships through our “Shared Tuition Programme”. If you wish to apply please register HERE                        Application deadline: SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS CLOSED




Starts: 10:00 am | Friday 23 February 2018

Ends:  17:00 pm | Sunday 25 February 2018

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



Impact Hub Athens, Karaiskaki 28, 10554 Athens
Walking distance from metro stations: Monastiraki



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