About The Salt Lake Center for Engaging Community

www.saltlakecec.org — SLCEC is a 501c3 non-profit serving communities and organizations in the Salt Lake Valley and cultivating relationships with other communities in Utah, the nation, and the world. SLCEC convenes community conversations, models best practices, and fosters learning toward healthy, resilient flourishing of local communities.


About The Berkana Institute

www.berkana.org — Co-founded in the early 1990s by Utah resident Margaret Wheatley, the Berkana Institute works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. Berkana and our partners share the clarity that whatever the problem, community is the answer. We prepare for an unknown future by creating strong and sustainable relationships, by wisely stewarding the earth’s resources, and by building resilient communities and teams. We rely on the belief that human beings are caring, generous, and want to be together. Each of our initiatives is based on a coherent, in-depth theory of how life organizes in cooperative, generous, and interdependent systems — work we’ve developed with hundreds of colleagues over many years of dialogue, think tanks and practical applications in all kinds of settings.


About The Art of Hosting

www.artofhosting.org — The Art of Hosting and Convening Meaningful Conversations is a training and practice retreat for all who aspire to lead by engaging with interactive ways of working with groups and teams. It is for leaders—those who want to help—community builders, teachers, social workers, youth workers, trainers, social innovators, administrators, community leaders, consultants, entrepreneurs, politicians. The Art of Hosting and Convening Meaningful Conversations is offered in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North and South America. We are a growing community of practitioners,supporting each other to further our ability to facilitate co-creative learning and problem-solving.

The Art of Hosting practice has been used to support numerous profit and non-profit organizations in large scale change including:

  • Community Health Reform in Ohio
  • Faith Community Democracy Planning in Indiana
  • Navajo Health Services Innovation New Mexico
  • Social Innovation Labs in the UK
  • Strengthening Families Initiatives in Illinois
  • Aboriginal Youth Initiatives in British Columbia 
  • Labor Union planning in Ontario

Overview of Our 2010 Salt Lake Valley Participative Leadership Offerings

1. Community Engagement Conversations: December 12, 2009, January 2010 TBA
2. Monthly Participative Leadership Development Workshops: January – August, 2010 – Skills development, leadership capacity building, applied practice.

3. Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter Training (3.5 Days): September 2010 TBA

  • Deep dive intensive and experiential training.

4. Ongoing Community of Practice: October 2010 – 2011

  • Monthly circles, quarterly learning days, annual multi-day learning and application forums