Certified Innovation Host Training

Hosting innovation

Hosting Innovation Certificate Training

19.-25.09.2016 (including travel days) in Italy and
06.-12.03.2017 (including travel days) in Poland


Become a Certified Innovation Host!

We live at a time during which people feel a growing need to go out and make change, instead of staying at home and looking at the world from the outside. Active citizens want to live their ideas and visions. To support these active citizens, we urgently need people who host, facilitate, moderate, support, inspire, guide and empower others during critical innovation phases or visionary development processes.

Within the Erasmus+ Project „Hosting Social Innovation“ we are launching a pilot program that will bolster those important hosting competencies.

During the two 5-day trainings you will…

-learn how to guide groups of people to find creative, new solutions
-experience transformative innovation methods & tools and learn how to apply them
-find out how to involve people in social innovations and raise awareness for collective challenges
-learn how to overcome obstacles and critical points within an innovation process
-facilitate innovation sessions yourself and get ideas and feedback for improvement
-learn how to refresh your own thinking and make your organization, team or classroom a more flexible, solution-oriented, agile  place
-get to know different perspectives on social innovation from the group of international facilitators and practitioners

As a Certified Innovation Host you will gain knowledge and the hosting skills to empower people. With you as their host, they can create and influence their social and ecological environment more actively! 

The target group of this training is primarily people who already work as facilitators/leaders with different groups and/or different topics (e.g. teachers, moderators, consultants, trainers, managers…), who want to add competencies regarding hosting (social) innovation to their personal or professional portfolio. This workshop is for people who...

… aim to be quick and effective problem solvers.

… want to implement an innovation attitude in their organization.

… dare to face challenges that cannot be solved by traditional approaches.

… help their learners to think out of the box.

… want to live a wide awake lifestyle of creativity and curiosity.

The training program consists of two parts and will be in English language:

  • Part I: Creating an innovation-friendly culture
    th– 24th September 2016
    Near Rome, Italy
    Art Monastery Convent Italy, see 
    (Arrival day: 19th and Departure day: 25th Sept. 2016)
  • Part II: Implementing hands-on tools for innovation
    th– 11th March 2017
    Near Warsaw, Poland, see hotelborowina.pl

    (Arrival day: 6th and Departure day: 12th 2017)

Your contribution

Price for the materials, lodging, full board and tax (for the whole 2x5day-training): € 880,00 (€ 810,00 early bird price if you register by the 15th of July 2016).

Scholarships to cover travel costs available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Training fees: On a voluntary basis, you pay what the training is worth to you. Your contribution will help us to continue our work and to print a workbook after the training.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the view only from the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The Trainer

Sylvia Brenzel is co-founder and managing partner of plenum (www.plenum.at), mainly in charge of the educational programs. She initiated the first CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)-Course in Austria, co-founded the Pioneers of Change (www.pioneersofchange.at) and was identified by Ashoka & FAS Research to be one of the most important change makers in Austria. She is certified coach and trainer and has accompanied more than 300 social innovation projects (profit and non-profit sector).

Agnieszka Czachowska is an architect and certified trainer, graduate of Ashoka's Academy of Social Innovators. Organizer of many participation processes in field of public spaces and initiator of local and international educational workshops for adults, youth and children. She is member of Sendzimir Foundation Council (www.sendzimir.org.pl), where she promotes environmental education. Award-winner in the area of architecture and sustainability.

Jutta Goldammer is co-founder, managing partner and trainer of the Visionautik Akademie (www.visionautik.de) that helps social innovators, visionaries and entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Since 2001 she's been working as certified organizational developer and facilitator with creative teams and startups in the profit and non-profit sector. For more than 15 years she has experimented with innovation methods combining influences from arts, theatre, systemic and business approaches unconventionally turning an innovation process into a playful and sensual experience.

Betsy McCall is Abbess and Co-Founder of the Art Monastery. Garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, Betsy's large-scale pattern-based drawings and videos have been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome. In July 2013, she co-published, edited and illustrated the book "Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking" along with other members of the International Partnership for Transformative Learning. She has been organizing Artmonk Retreats and workshops since 2007 (http://www.artmonastery.org).