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Professional Programme on Facilitation and Participatory Leadership – Art of Hosting

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The practice of participatory leadership recognises strategic dialogue and conversations as drivers for development and change. Learn those skills from the 15th – 18th of August during our Training in Alpbach!

Date: August 15th – 18th, 2018

Language: English

About: Our training will offer lasting skills on how to face challenges in a participatory manner in companies and organisations as well as the wider community.

Who can participate? People who want to develop collaboration and participation skills, such as professionals in public service, social innovators and entrepreneurs, representatives of NGOs, leaders in business, and selected Forum Alpbach scholarship holders


  • For paying participants: You can register from March 1st 2018 onwards. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis; Registration is open till mid of July.
  • For scholarships: Participants are selected among interested scholarship holders of the European Forum Alpbach 2018. Please send your application documents as a PDF along with your scholarship confirmation (from the Non-Profit Foundation of the European Forum Alpbach or one of the regional Clubs and IGs) between May 25th and June 10th to

Please find the registration form here.


The Alpbach Professional Programme on Facilitation and Participatory Leadership is a 3-day training course designed to teach simple yet powerful processes required for building a community, activating collective intelligence and fostering individual and collaborative leadership practices.

At the core of the training lies questions on how we can meet the complex challenges of today’s society and what are the practices and ways of working that can help us unlock potentials inherent in organisations in this age of diversity.

Based on “Art of Hosting” methodology, this training aims to give a dynamic and effective introduction to methods of working in a participatory and collective manner in order to tackle complex systems and challenges on local, regional, national levels and beyond.

The practice of participatory leadership recognises strategic dialogue and conversations as drivers for development and change. It can be used to good effect in areas such as:


  • Strategy-making
  • Stakeholder engagement and alignment
  • Organisational and community development
  • Leadership and management alignment
  • Team and network development
  • Staff engagement
  • Developing and animating networks and communities of practice


International Trainer Team

The Professional Programme will be provided by a team of internationally-renown trainers and is led by Toke Moeller (Denmark), Monica Nissén (Denmark), Jan Hein Nielsen (Denmark), Bronagh Gallagher (Scotland) and Phil Cass (USA).

What are the benefits?

The Professional Programme aims to provide participants with:

  • A deeper understanding of a wide range of participatory methods and approaches
  • Practical skills to apply in their own organisations
  • The chance to gain first-hand experience as co-facilitators during the European Forum Alpbach

The training will develop skills required to host and practice participatory processes and apply this knowledge to your own work.

Preliminary Programme

August 15th: Official Opening of EFA and the Training

August 16th – 18th: Training Days

Who is it for?

All those who want to develop skills in collaboration and participation and want to harness the richness of diverse backgrounds and experiences.


  • Professionals in public service
  • Change-makers, social innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Representatives of NGOs
  • Leaders in business
  • Selected Forum Alpbach scholarship holders

The Professional Programme is most suited to participants who will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned on return to their respective place of work.

Conditions for participation and fees

Participation in this training is limited. We will keep the ratio 1:5 (1 Trainer: 5 Participants). 3/4 will be paying participants, 1/4 will hold a scholarship. Application for paying participants is on a on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Paying Participants:

As the number of places is limited, we would recommend to register as as soon as possible.


Full price: EUR 1.200,- (companies, public administration etc.)

Reduced price: EUR 800,- (registered charities and social businesses )

The fees include only participation and lunch during main training days; accommodation and travel expenses are not included! We DO NOT offer room booking services. Please find further information here.


The European Forum Alpbach will provide a number of scholarships for the “Art of Hosting” training for university students or recent high school graduates with a special interest in participatory leadership. Please note that you must first apply for a regular scholarship either from the Non-Profit Foundation of the European Forum Alpbach or one of the regional Clubs and IGs. Please find more information in the information sheet.

For easy printing – all information as PDF.

For all questions concerning the Professional Programme and your application please contact:

Lara Weisz, Project Manager | T +43 (1) 718 17 11 – 26