We invite you to a leadership workshop to build skills for hosting challenging conversations around social justice, equity, and other core issues. Participants will learn new methodologies, models, and practices to build greater engagement and participation into our systems change and social transformation efforts.
Many people agree that Baltimore is at a critical inflection point and want to see the city move forward. To address the complex challenges ahead of us, we need to cultivate a community of people skilled in new and transformative ways of leading change.
In this 2.5 day workshop, participants will:
Learn facilitation techniques that encourage broad participation and decision-making
Explore leadership models that go beyond a traditional top-down approach
Practice building relationships across expertise, experience, and issues
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Buckminster Fuller
The Art of Hosting
The Art of Hosting has been used around the world for over a decade. With simple techniques based in conversation, listening, and storytelling, the practices serve as a way to create new patterns across groups, interests and issues. Our workshop in Baltimore will tap into these practices as a way to move our community and our city forward.
The workshop is based on the belief that we have the collective wisdom, experience and perspective to catalyze real and lasting social change; and the audacity to challenge existing structures and systems.
In order to strengthen the world around us, it’s also important to strengthen ourselves. Please come prepared to challenge your assumptions, expand your ideas, deepen your questions, and take action.
Who Should Come?
This training can benefit anyone who leads transformational change efforts. Some of the people we would love to have in the room are:
Community Organizers, Strategy Advisors, Facilitators, Young Leaders, Creatives, Student Groups, Professional Networks, Nonprofit Managers, Social Designers, Conscious Capitalists, Social Entrepreneurs, Capacity Builders, Grassroots Leaders, Event Coordinators, Educators, Collectives, Cooperatives, Connectors, Collaborators (...you!)
Logistics & Costs
This workshop is being organized by Impact Hub Baltimore, Art in Praxis, Equity Matters, Pulse Forward, and the Neighborhood Design Center. It will be hosted at the Impact Hub (10 E North Ave) from March 2-4 (2.5 days in total). Please note the schedule below:
- Wed, 3/2 : Session 1, 9am to 5pm (full day)
- Thurs, 3/3: Session 2, 9am to 5pm (full day)
- Fri, 3/4: Session 3, 9am to 1pm (half day)
Food will be provided. The group will be 30-35 people. Participants from beyond Baltimore are welcome! Our focus will primarily be on the people and issues in this city, but the skills and conversations we learn will be transferrable to many other contexts.
The full cost to offer this training is $400 per person. However, we do not want cost to limit anyone's participation and will operate with a pay-what-you-can policy. We are grateful to any groups who are able to pay full price or help to cover the cost for others. Once we have reached 30 registrations, any remaining tickets will need to be full fare.
You can pay when you register or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative payment options. We are open to payment plans and sponsorships.
JUST ADDED: Your Art of Hosting registration is good for a free month of coworking at Impact Hub during March !
Our facilitators have guided people across the country and around the world to deepen facilitation practices for social justice and equity. They blend the tools of Art of Hosting with the frameworks and leadership of other movements for social change. They write about many issues at the core of their work on their blog Power and Privilege 2.0.
Kelly McGowan partners with entrepreneurs, artists, farmers, activists and technical experts to transform social problems through participatory strategy development, collective action and sustainable practices. Kelly has co-created both failed and scaled social innovations that continue to mitigate the impact of HIV and drug laws in disenfranchised communities. In 2015, Kelly provided Art of Hosting training for social entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and ASEAN. She mentors young leaders, serves on the board of the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and is an international steward of the Art of Hosting. Kelly earned a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and has been a teaching colleague at NYU. She joins us from NYC.
Tuesday Ryan-Hart is a host/facilitator who left the fields of traditional social service provision and academics to become a new kind of change-maker partnering with community builders around the world. She is known internationally for her strategic work with organizations and communities engaged in systemic change. With a passion for social justice and expertise in gender & racial equity and anti-violence work, Tuesday excels at working with groups to enhance awareness and understanding, build alliances, and take positive action together. In Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday convenes and hosts community conversations that address the complex social issues facing many of our communities right now. Tuesday is trained as a psychotherapist, with a BA in Individual/Family Studies and a Master's in Social Work. She joins us from Columbus, Ohio.