The Art of Hosting | Suomi Finland

Next Art of Hosting training May 2014 at Otavan Opisto

Hosts and organisers


Creativity Leader and Team Coach at Monkey Business

Ville was first introduced to dialogue and hosting spaces back in 1999 when he took part in a leadership training aimed for active young people in sports clubs. After that he has gone through an international high school in Norway and Tiimiakatemia in Finland, where team and community learning was the core. Nowadays he hosts dialogues for learning and facilitates processes for better leadership in a cooperative he runs with 7 other people, Monkey Business. Their mission is to make the world more fun and yellow. Ville has participated in Art of Hosting three years ago in Karlskrona, where Tiimiakatemia, Kaospilots, MSLS and YIP -people came together for the first time ever in that scale. Ville was also part of the two previous Art of Hosting trainings held in 2012 at Otavan Opisto, Finland.

Facilitator and transformation coach

Jan-Erik believes that comfortable wins over uncomfortable and collaboration and brotherhood wins over competition.  Jan-Erik appreciate and cherish the AoH community because it brings people together to work and learn in an enriching way. Jan-Erik is a certified professional facilitator and he has been involved in facilitation research and training since 1995. He has explored the art of hosting conversations while doing management consulting and research in developing strategies, operations and organizations in various lines of business. He believes that we can learn a world of smth from everyone. In order to explore the wisdom around us we need attention, presence and ability to quiet down our internal kibitz and twitter.


Kirsi Joenpolvi


Kirsi feels drawn to connect people and stories between different contexts – her first encounter with the participatory leadership took place when she left the advertising agency and moved to a sustainable ecovillage and education center in Scotland for three years in 1994. She has facilitated workshops on sustainable leadership practices and socially engaged transformation – like Gaia Education – as well as designed participatory processes for sustainable organizations. She sees Art of Hosting as a great way of building a solid ground towards an empowering culture that supports change – whether it is a company or a society. Kirsi works as a process designer and editor at Syncros Design and is also Global Ecovillage Network´s Ambassador  for Finland.

graphic facilitator

Tiina works at Kuvitellen, which is a visual thinking company. Graphic facilitation help people see the whole and sell ideas. Graphic facilitation communicates using drawings and other visual elements. When we see the information we can see what’s important, we can give our imagination wings and communicate in extended ways.


Ville Venäläinen



virtual evangelist and facilitator

Ville is a team leader at Otavan Opisto and guides us to virtual facilitation. Over ten years experience on internet technology and learning. Lately my focus has been in different kind of social media methods and implementations on different sectors.

Transformation facilitator

”What if we would just be together, and see what happens when each one of us reaches their true potential.”  Tanja is a engagement process designer and facilitator. She’s educated as a designer, and  grown up in a community, which eventually led her to find out how participatory decision making processes work. Now her passion is social wisdom that can bring create nourishing relatioships between people. Art of Hosting she got to know through Gaia Education programme in Germany 2009.

AoH event coordinator

Hanna-Riikka is the person
who knows everything about
practicalities concerning the AoH event.



Otava Folk High School is one of 19 folk high school in Finland widely renowned for its work in web-based learning environments and alternative pedagogies. Otava FHS’s approach is based on the folk high school concept as well as new pedagogies like phenomenon based learning. In a nutshell the main principles are:

–       Perspective of relative truth, which means that truth can be uncovered by dialogue and by looking at phenomena from different viewpoints;
–       Open dialogue and interaction, which is a way to learn together and from each other;
–       Folkelig, or folk, which is based on democracy and empowerment;
–       Perceiving education from a perspective of time: the past, present and future are inter-linked.