Building Leaderful Communities: Capacities and Practices to Support Thriving Transition Communities

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:15pm

People everywhere yearn for thriving and vibrant community. Most of us recognize that this requires leadership from all of us, not just one or two. What helps to create this kind of shared leadership in support of thriving movements?

Join Jeff Aitken and Tenneson Woolf, participative leadership practitioners, to explore capacities (the Art of Hosting Four Fold Practice’s presencing, participating, hosting, co-creating) and practices (Open Space Technology as operating system) that build coherence in leaderful communities, and help operationalize and make real the practice of leaderful communities.

Jeff Aitken is active in the Art of Hosting in the San Francisco Bay area. A longtime facilitator, activist, and educator, he has used Open Space Technology for over 20 years and wrote a PhD dissertation on the practice.

Tenneson Woolf (; is a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. He has 20+ years experience designing and leading meetings in participative formats, utilizing Open Space, Circle, and World Cafe. He worked for many years with Margaret Wheatley and The Berkana Institute. Why? To help people be smarter together. To get people interacting with each other — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. To get deeper to the heart of what matters.  Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire his work.

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