The recruitment is open till the end of August 2016 (early bird till the end of June only).

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. 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.

The training brochure is available HERE.


  • 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 have the knowledge, the transformative leadership, and the hosting skills to empower people. With you as their host, they can take care of their social and ecological environment more actively!



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

1) Part I: Creating an innovation-friendly culture

20th – 24th September 2016

Near Rome, Italy, Art Monastery Italia, see

(Arrival day: 19th and Departure day: 25th Sept. 2016)

2) Part II: Implementing hands-on tools for innovation

7th – 11th March 2017

Near Warsaw, Poland, see

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





Places are limited. Please apply for participation here:

You will receive confirmation by the 2nd of September, if you are accepted. After confirmation you will receive further information. Scholarships to cover travel costs available on a first-come-first-served basis.



PRICE for the lodging, full board and tax (for the whole 2x5day-training): € 880,00 (€ 810,00 early bird price if you apply by the 30th of June 2016. We will let you know by the 7th of July if you are accepted.)

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.


--- TRAINERS --- 

Sylvia Brenzel is co-founder and managing partner of plenum (, mainly in charge of the educational programs. She initiated the first CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)-Course in Austria, co-founded the Pioneers of Change ( 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, 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 ( 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 (




You find background information on the project on

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.

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