Why Hosting Is Harder than Leading

Posted by peterpula on December 23, 2016

We have become so remarkably accustomed to a form of leadership that comes from the top. Why? Well, because it is easier for everybody. It is easier for the leader because they can indulge in their narcissism. And, well, we want them to. You see, if they are shaping things according to their filters and Read post

Daughter’s Post Election Letter to Mom

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 11, 2016

My 29 year old daughter Anne Lucy Stilger Virnig wrote this amazing text to her mother, Susan Virnig, after this week’s election: Thank you, for all you did in the sixties and seventies and eighties. I keeping having all these conversations with friends about how we grew up in this world where we never ever Read post

Women’s Leadership in Zimbabwe!

Posted by Bob Stilger on April 16, 2016

My dear friend Maaianne Knuth recently shared this story from the month long women’s leadership journey at Kufunda Learning Village A few weeks ago we completed our second Young Women are Medicine retreat. A month long journey with 18 young women, 16 from all over Zimbabwe, with two joining us from Europe. Your support enabled Read post

Healers Today!

Posted by Marc Parnes on February 8, 2016

I graduated from medical school in 1981, giving me now nearly 35 years of experience as a physician. My medical school was very focused on patient centered care, even at that early date. This focus on the patient accentuated my own view of the role of a physician in healing, having experienced the care provided Read post

Onagawa: Building A Resilient Community

Posted by Bob Stilger on February 7, 2016

In mid-April of 2011 I traveled to Onagawa, a town of 10,000 on Japan’s northeast coast. On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 in the afternoon a magnitude 9 quake struck not far off the coast. Forty minutes later a tsunami wave towering 60 feet and rushing forward at 100 miles an hour came crashing in. Read post

Building Now: High River, Alberta, Canada

Posted by Bob Stilger on January 18, 2016

Small communities can be amazing and High River, Alberta, Canada is at the top of my list right now. I’ve been with people in community there for three days. About 90 folks who care came out for one of more of four sessions of the Our High River Summit. That’s out of 13,000 people. In Read post

Nuclear Disasters Keep on Giving

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 26, 2015

I sit here at my keyboard feeling both broken-hearted and still angry tonight. Hide Enomoto and I have been co-hosting a learning journey to Fukushima with 24 people, all Japanese except for one American (well two, including me). We visited Itatemura, a small village that began 2011 with a population of about 6,000 people. It Read post

Axolotl bumps ButterFly

Posted by Bob Stilger on November 4, 2015

For years now I’ve been on a one person campaign to defrock the butterfly as the mascot of transformation.  Human societies are not like butterflies in how they change. A colleague I met early this year a a Art of Hosting Training in Karlskrona, Sweden, took my challenge seriously.  Here’s what she recently wrote. By Phoebe Munson: I have decided that the Read post

Our priorities as a nation have to be shaken

Posted by Bob Stilger on October 23, 2015

I received this powerful letter from Kathie Olsen, a program officer with The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, after the shootings earlier this month at Umpqua Community College. Kathie is a writer and grandmother and occasional nonprofit executive. Her blog is at Dear Friends: Because I work for a foundation whose home is in Roseburg, I have Read post

A Design Narrative for Three Days

Posted by Tenneson Woolf on September 26, 2015

Last week I worked with my partner Teresa Posakony, three good people from The Athena Group — Faith Trimble, Paul Horton, Steve Byers, and one “apprentice,” Ali Kingfisher who has worked many years in government, who is already a gifted host. Our offering together was a 3-day, The Art of Participative Leadership: Building Cultures of Read post