Methods of Participatory Design Lab
(AoH framework)
Course description

Explore hosting and harvesting conversations as a core leadership practice and skill set for leading change.

We will off­er practical and ef­fective tools for building our collective capacity, facilitating community engagement processes, and hosting conversations and meetings that effectively include all voices weaved into collective intelligence and inquiry; we will co-build shared knowledge of how to best create wellbeing in our communities and organizations.

  • The following questions will frame our training: How can we more effectively engage a diverse group of stakeholders in order to increase sustainability and wellbeing in our communities?
  • How can we be responsive to the needs of the communities or organizations that we are accountable to or serve?
  • How can we work with adversities and complexity in a way that accounts for all different points of view?

Dr. Markos Perrakis is leadership development & process facilitator, psychologist, speaker.  consultant and trainer of individuals and teams, founder and Managing Director of Fractality ( Organisational Development Services and ISO 9001:2008. He designs and implements EU projects in the fields of leadership development and strategic planning, and uses eclectic appreciative approaches in public & private sector in order to promote effective communication, individual and collective process development. He specializes in coaching, supervision, human capital development, training and assessment. He is trained in Systemic Consultation, solution focused & cognitive behavioural approaches, methods of participatory design, Spiritual Intelligence, a certified provider of Vocational Guidance and Professional Orientation, of psychometric assessments and coaching tools for teams and individuals in organizational, career and personality issues. He is representative of ANSE (Association of International Institution Supervision in Europe), Scientific partner of EUMU (European Union of Small and Medium Enterprises) in Greece in fields of Strategic planning and Human capital development programmes.

Sevi Chondrou  has conducted studies in Economics, Environmental Policy and Management, Public Administration and Social Innovation. Since 2010 she facilitates, hosts and harvests meaningful conversations and public dialogue events, using methodologies that release collective imagination and creativity mainly influenced from the Art of Hosting paradigm and Process Work. She has leaded numerous initiatives connected to community building, collective sharing, new economy, environmental protection and youth development. She works as a trainer for the (Greek) National School of Public Administration and other private, public and social entities. Her approach is influenced by the metaphor of complexity and chaos theories into organisational science and practice, and her methodology, originating from this field of inquiry, is of a participatory nature.

Participation fee

The fee for this course is 670 Euros. More information on these funding criteria can be found on our Erasmus+ Workshop pages.

It includes tuition fee and educational material, certificates of participation, Beverages welcome cocktail, one day excursion (optional) to idyllic Neptune Temple at Sounion Cape ( in Attica seaside (or similar activity).


The course builds on proven methods for positive change and will include approaches to building collective capacity:

–  The Art of Hosting framework and Harvesting Conversations that Matter

–  Appreciative Leadership and Systems Thinking

–  Mindfulness elements – Learning by Doing

These tools will give you more access to the intelligence of your head, heart, and body increasing your capacity for navigating uncertainty by tapping into all of who you are as a role and also as a potential change maker.

You will be engaged in experiential learning where you will acquire new skills and tools while working on real-life challenges of your organisations. The participants will receive toolkits of methods that are easily transferable to their professional settings.


The course offers practical tools on how to build collaboration through individual and collective learning in times of challenges and change. It will also help participants to deal with challenging situations and problematic symptoms from another, more generative perspective.

You will learn by doing to acquire new competencies, approaches and strategies to achieve more impact in your work as change makers, and  leverage community members’ involvement in shaping the sustainability and well-being of their own communities. Co-create the conditions that may increase and

You will develop competence in interactive processes and experience participative methods such as Open Space technology, Circle, World Café, Pro-action Café etc, as well as new Organisational Frameworks and Process Design tools like Appreciative Inquiry, Chaordic Design and Theory U.

The training will foster collaboration and appreciative attitude in individuals, teams and organisations, it will builda culture of positive challenges and cultivate positive (inner) dialogue during change / in intense situations.

Designed for participants/groups

This workshop is designed for staff members of any organisation active in the field of education, training and Youth, more specifically for: managers, counsellors, professional development specialists and Change Agents.

We are inviting diverse participants initiating change in their communities and organizations.

These are the people seeking to construct more equitable and inclusive responses to pressing challenges.

This training is also designed for diverse multi-cultural teams, including community leaders and others that are collectively addressing a pressing challenge in their community or organization.


Day 1

    • Opening and introduction
    • Welcome Circle, Check-in
    • Appreciative Inquiry and the 4 D Model
    • Participative constellations, The Chaordic Path and the 4-Fold Practice
    • World Café on the gifts and practices of participation
    • Check-out

    Local Evening – welcome reception

Day 2

  • A “mindful” welcoming of the day – hosting myself
  • Powerful questions and the art of active listening, Appreciative Interviews, Reframing ‘Problem’ into ‘Possibility’ & Cultivating a generative approach – Triads
  • Invitation as a process and Story Harvesting
  • Communities of Practice, Learning Buddies formation
  • Check out

Day 3

  • Weaving the threads of learning – Open Space Technology
  • The Art of Harvesting-Mind map -“Align my practices and methodologies with participatory design”
  • Reflection teams – Connecting with the new wisdom
  • Communities of Practice – Sensing the need
  • Check out
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Grounding our ideas and designing projects – Design for wiser action (part I)
  • Design for wiser action (part II)
  • Time for Self-reflection – Creation of my personal mind map
  • Reflection teams – Connecting with the new wisdom
  • Check out

Day 5

  • Excursion
    • Co-learning from nature and other resilient environments
    • Sightseeing archaeological places
    • Walking reflection
    • Outdoor activity
    • Closing the day

Day 6

  • Check-in, Tracking our journey from day 1 to day 6
  • Presentations of reflection groups – More Questions
  • Gratitude Circle – Sharing
  • Evaluation & Closing

Duration: 6 days

Dates: 19 – 24 April 2020

Location: Ilisia Hotel, Athens, Greece

Erasmus +

If you are a legal entity (profit organization, NGO, University, scientific or cultural institution) and you want to apply for the Erasmus+ funding please read the information below:


All our training courses are designed in such a way to align with the Erasmus+ quality criteria and to address the various priorities of the programme.

Our team will be glad to assist you, if you need any help with your application.

Application deadline

Please note that the application deadline for Erasmus+ funding is the 5th of February 2020, 12:00 CET.

Questions or concerns? please contact us at [email protected] or call +30210601052.