Steve is a global nomad, often a Sacred Outsider, traveling the world, witnessing life’s unfolding, asking questions, listening and sharing stories, offering himself and his gifts where he can contribute. But most of all, he is continually learning what it means to be fully human and how to be more present in all situations. Steve has worked for 35 years in American healthcare facilitating innovation, collaboration and change process, and developing high performing work teams. As a practitioner and steward of the Art of Hosting Conversations, he has a particular interest in frontier areas of the world and in helping to build capacity and supporting newer practitioners in their learning. That has led him to work for the last 6 years in China, India, Vietnam, Africa and Europe with individuals, organizations and communities, helping them find innovative solutions to their challenges
Mel grew up on an Australian rice and sheep farm, and works as a collaborative
organiser, designer, host and harvester of work that matters. She has a professional
background in journalism, communications, learning, events, planning and change
across Australian government, media, NGOs and cultural organisations.
Since 2010, participatory leadership has been the cornerstone of the way she works and lives. Mel is strongly connected to the international Art of Hosting community, particularly
in Europe, and was a team member for the first Art of Hosting training in India in
2016. She is a co-founder of a new collaborative enterprise of people working in
public participation and the transformation of organisations and communities.
For Mel, this is a supportive platform for doing purposeful work that benefits people and
the planet, and for practicing a more human way of doing business.
Narayan grew up in Brazil but sees himself as nomad, having experienced learning and working in several countries. With a MSc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability in Sweden, he is passionate about helping people and organizations to realize their full potential for creating a positive impact in the world. During his year in Sweden, he experienced his 1st Art of Hosting training, which had a huge impact in his work. Since then he has dedicated his life to this field, and for the last years he hosted processes for numerous organizations around the world, from small NGOs to corporations such as Nike and Mercedes-Benz. Narayan is also passionate about alternative education, and was nominated a UNESCO ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) Youth delegate in 2014. He loves Vietnam, and spent almost 2 years working as a core team member and facilitator at Knowmads Hanoi.
Within less than 2 years, Linh has transformed from being a mechanical engineer to a facilitator and entrepreneur. After participating in the Knowmads Hanoi Program in 2016, he took the responsibility of taking the organization over and lead it to become a sustainable social enterprise. Linh found his passion for personal development and his purpose to be of service to the community. He now designs and hosts learning experiences, ranging from stand alone workshops to full Knowmads Programs. He has also been involved in designing and facilitating different processes for RMIT, AIESEC, IPP, Unbound, and VGU. He believes happiness is traveling on the path of Personal Growth and pursuing the Authentic Self. He also find joy and meaning in sharing his own learnings and supporting others who want to be on the similar journey.
Ellie was born in Hanoi 25 years ago and has been living here ever since. With the love for education, she found herself exploring different ways of learning and growing not in universities but rather in meaningful conversations and project-based experiences. Art of Hosting practices came to her when she found Knowmads, an alternative education organization in Hanoi, where she could not only found herself, by also be surrounded by like-minded people. After the experience there, she has now become a core team member of Knowmads, with the hope of creating more supportive learning experiences to more people. Ellie believes in the power of collective intelligence, human-centered designs and wishes to continue the learning journey.
Aiko is currently based in Koge, Japan and Salzburg, Austria. She opened her own little laboratory "Kakehashi Acchi-Kocchi Lab (Bridging here&there lab.)” since she loves exploring the world and her interests about life/education and has a sense to discover rich connections between different cultures/communities. For these 7 years, she has done her fieldwork in Koge, a countryside village in which people are generous to share their crops, skills, time, wisdom and laugh&love. As Koge folks have been warmly welcoming her again and again, she finally found herself to start living there. She is working as a hosting & harvesting practitioner and child-life-communicater while apprenticing in the local community and co-creating a community space in the valley for multi-generation and diverse people to come to play and learn with & from each other. She also had taken a permaculture design course in Peru and enjoys working in her little garden.