What I did

Active-Democracy:
Colourful, vivid & effective
3-day non-party conference with 60 people exploring how to increase active participation in democracy and citizen engagement.
May-Oct 2017, Wels/Austria
Co-creating sustainable change
in our regions
1.5 day “Symposium on the Future” with 65 invited regional pioneers, social entrepreneurs and citizens coming together to exchange and innovate.
June-Nov 2018, Krems/Austria
How will we create opportunities for participatory growth in Africa & beyond?
2-day conference, using the power of facilitation to improve societal and organisational outcomes. 60+ participants from 16 countries.
Jan-October 2016, Nairobi/Kenya
Living well together
A Community of practice with the focus of improved integration of asylum seekers and migrants.
Ongoing since Nov 2016, Waldviertel/Austria
Global Climate Change Action Day
Facilitation of a public event in a park as part of the Global Climate Change Action Day #peoplesclimate advocacy campaign.
July-Sept 2014, Nairobi/Kenya
How will we collaborate to create safe spaces for healthy conversations?
International Art of Hosting facilitation training for 35 participants from Kenya, Somalia and Germany.
March-Aug 2015, Nairobi/Kenya
The intersectoral conference shared knowledge and practices on pastoralist livelihood and discussed alternatives for the future with Government, UN/donor agencies, NGOs and communities.
Oct 2012 - Jan 2013, Marsabit/Kenya
Intersectoral Knowledge Conference on Pastoralists’ livelihood
‘Gmünd hilft’ Public Annual Meeting
Annual meeting of the association Gmünd hilft with participatory process to listen to the needs and wishes of 170+ citizens and refugees from the town.
June-Oct 2017, Gmünd/Austria
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What I did

Active-Democracy:
Colourful, vivid & effective
May-Oct 2017, Wels/Austria

3-day non-party conference with 60 people exploring how to increase active participation in democracy and citizen engagement.

Co-creating sustainable change in our regions
June-Nov 2018, Krems/Austria

1.5 day “Symposium on the Future” with 65 invited regional pioneers, social entrepreneurs and citizens coming together to exchange and innovate.

How will we create opportunities for participatory growth in Africa & beyond?
Jan-October 2016, Nairobi/Kenya

2-day conference, using the power of facilitation to improve societal and organisational outcomes. 60+ participants from 16 countries.

Living well together
Ongoing since Nov 2016, Waldviertel/Austria

A Community of practice with the focus of improved integration of asylum seekers and migrants.

Global Climate Change Action Day
July-Sept 2014, Nairobi/Kenya

Facilitation of a public event in a park as part of the Global Climate Change Action Day #peoplesclimate advocacy campaign.

How will we collaborate to create safe spaces for healthy conversations?
March-Aug 2015, Nairobi/Kenya

International Art of Hosting facilitation training for 35 participants from Kenya, Somalia and Germany.

Intersectoral Knowledge Conference on Pastoralists’ livelihood
Oct 2012 - Jan 2013, Marsabit/Kenya

The intersectoral conference shared knowledge and practices on pastoralist livelihood and discussed alternatives for the future with Government, UN/donor agencies, NGOs and communities.

‘Gmünd hilft’ Public Annual Meeting
June-Oct 2017, Gmünd/Austria

Annual meeting of the association Gmünd hilft with participatory process to listen to the needs and wishes of 170+ citizens and refugees from the town.

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What I offer

The Art of Hosting / Facilitation

How can you listen deeper to the hidden intelligence of humans?

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I serve you with process facilitation, the Art of Hosting (AoH), in small to big groups (150+) to enable new communication patterns and offer a safe space to re-build trust and find new strength in a common vision. Accelerating through slowing down, mindfulness and deep listening are ingredients that people can use to self-organize what they are enthusiastic about – for the benefit of the organisation and their own wellbeing. How can citizen engagement be a game changer in politics, regional development and peace building? A public participation process with facilitated dialogues can ease the understanding and commitment for controversial public infrastructure projects (like flood control measures, national park etc.). Engaging citizens in socio-political topics like climate change, interreligious dialogue or democracy enables them to become active and responsible community members.

Organizational Development

How can you use Participatory Leadership to discover new possibilities beyond traditional organisational structures?

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Whatever challenging questions you have to deal with – digitalisation, artificial intelligence (AI), innovation, corporate social responsibility (CRS), restructuring etc. – I invite you to explore looking beyond traditional patterns, taking on a systemic view and using the dormant potential of human capital in the private sector, government, international institutions and non-profit organisations. For example, one of the latest organisational trends, Participatory Leadership enables you to share managerial functions by calling in the experience and wisdom of co-workers for complex issues. One of the guiding questions could be: How will tomorrow’s leaders become good hosts for an enabling organisational culture?

Capacity building / Training

How can you accelerate learning with experiential on-the-job training?

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I provide trainings and workshops on topics such as Project Cycle Management (PCM), Finance management or Donor regulations (ECHO, EuropeAid, ADA) while using an individualised approach based on the principles of the Art of Hosting (AoH). This allows first hand, practical and applicable experiences and learning for all participants. The trainings are tailored according to your purpose and will help staff/team members or partners apply it easily in their respective teams, departments or organisations. The use of AoH enables participants not only to acquire new skills and knowledge but also to reflect on the process and communication within the training and beyond. Team building, awareness of diversity, mindfulness practice for working environment or related life skills will be part of the training if required.

Project Management

How can you co-create sustainable economic, social and ecological solutions that are necessary with multiple stakeholders?

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Starting a project needs good planning and bringing the right people into the room – from science, industry, government, NGOs to grass root organisations. Whatever your task is, be it proposal development or the organization of an interdisciplinary congress, with my support you can explore participatory and inclusive approaches to incorporate views of all stakeholders for long term impact. Using the Social Laboratory format or the Agile Project Management will keep you and tackle technical and ecological challenges along the way. Moderated short feedback loops will allow internally for quick adjustments and learning in the team, and externally adapting to changing demands and cooperation.

What I offer

The Art of Hosting / Facilitation

How can you listen deeper to the hidden intelligence of humans?

Read more

I serve you with process facilitation, the Art of Hosting (AoH), in small to big groups (150+) to enable new communication patterns and offer a safe space to re-build trust and find new strength in a common vision. Accelerating through slowing down, mindfulness and deep listening are ingredients that people can use to self-organize what they are enthusiastic about – for the benefit of the organisation and their own wellbeing. How can citizen engagement be a game changer in politics, regional development and peace building? A public participation process with facilitated dialogues can ease the understanding and commitment for controversial public infrastructure projects (like flood control measures, national park etc.). Engaging citizens in socio-political topics like climate change, interreligious dialogue or democracy enables them to become active and responsible community members.

Organizational Development

How can you use Participatory Leadership to discover new possibilities beyond traditional organisational structures?

Read more

Whatever challenging questions you have to deal with – digitalisation, artificial intelligence (AI), innovation, corporate social responsibility (CRS), restructuring etc. – I invite you to explore looking beyond traditional patterns, taking on a systemic view and using the dormant potential of human capital in the private sector, government, international institutions and non-profit organisations. For example, one of the latest organisational trends, Participatory Leadership enables you to share managerial functions by calling in the experience and wisdom of co-workers for complex issues. One of the guiding questions could be: How will tomorrow’s leaders become good hosts for an enabling organisational culture?

Capacity building / Training

How can you accelerate learning with experiential on-the-job training?

Read more

I provide trainings and workshops on topics such as Project Cycle Management (PCM), Finance management or Donor regulations (ECHO, EuropeAid, ADA) while using an individualised approach based on the principles of the Art of Hosting (AoH). This allows first hand, practical and applicable experiences and learning for all participants. The trainings are tailored according to your purpose and will help staff/team members or partners apply it easily in their respective teams, departments or organisations. The use of AoH enables participants not only to acquire new skills and knowledge but also to reflect on the process and communication within the training and beyond. Team building, awareness of diversity, mindfulness practice for working environment or related life skills will be part of the training if required.

Project Management

How can you co-create sustainable economic, social and ecological solutions that are necessary with multiple stakeholders?

Read more

Starting a project needs good planning and bringing the right people into the room – from science, industry, government, NGOs to grass root organisations. Whatever your task is, be it proposal development or the organization of an interdisciplinary congress, with my support you can explore participatory and inclusive approaches to incorporate views of all stakeholders for long term impact. Using the Social Laboratory format or the Agile Project Management will keep you and tackle technical and ecological challenges along the way. Moderated short feedback loops will allow internally for quick adjustments and learning in the team, and externally adapting to changing demands and cooperation.

Organisations I have worked with

Organisations I have worked with

What others are saying about my work

We contracted Judith as proposal writer and appreciated her thorough technical knowledge in the field of emergency and her understanding of the background in Ethiopia. She is an absolutely committed consultant who you can rely on completely. Kathrin Pauschenwein

Head of International Programmes, SOS Kinderdorf Österreich

The facilitation training instilled self confidence in me and taught me how to host myself before I host anyone else. It urged me to reflect and contribute what I have learnt back to my community so that a change would come, change that would bring all Somalis across the table and have genuine discussions and conversations. The three days training equal for me to ten years of studying in a class. Alinor Abdi Osman

GBV community worker, Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC), Somalia

The team building session led by Judith was a great start for the group which enables the group to build the foundation for reflective learning and experience sharing during the following activities and trainings. Furthermore, she manages the group effectively to open up, build trust, and identify the joint goals. Yoojin Choi

Head of Programmes and Activities Department, IACA - International Anti-Corruption Academy

What do others think about my work?

We contracted Judith as proposal writer and appreciated her thorough technical knowledge in the field of emergency and her understanding of the background in Ethiopia. She is an absolutely committed consultant who you can rely on completely. Kathrin Pauschenwein

Head of International Programmes, SOS Kinderdorf Österreich

The facilitation training instilled self confidence in me and taught me how to host myself before I host anyone else. It urged me to reflect and contribute what I have learnt back to my community so that a change would come, change that would bring all Somalis across the table and have genuine discussions and conversations. The three days training equal for me to ten years of studying in a class. Alinor Abdi Osman

GBV community worker, Somali Women Development Centre (SWDC), Somalia

The team building session led by Judith was a great start for the group which enables the group to build the foundation for reflective learning and experience sharing during the following activities and trainings. Furthermore, she manages the group effectively to open up, build trust, and identify the joint goals. Yoojin Choi

Head of Programmes and Activities Department, IACA - International Anti-Corruption Academy

How I work

Humans are at the centre of my work. A strong participatory approach is foundational for “What I offer”.

At the beginning of each consultancy I sit together with you to uncover the deeper purpose of your request. Based on that, I will work closely with you and other stakeholders to co-create the appropriate process, design flow and setting for your task. Format settings can range from a simple meeting, to workshop, teambuilding, social laboratory, learning journeys, conference, congress, symposium, public participation, etc. Once this has been clarified I will select suitable facilitation methods and tools.

I believe how we interact with each other is more important than the tools we use for our communication. In my professional and personal life, I am motivated by following values and principles:

Values

  • Being present
  • Hosting safe spaces with trust and confidentiality
  • Listen and sense with an open heart and mind
  • Slow down to see beyond words and figures
  • Curiosity to explore fresh paths
  • Meet all at eye-level with respect and dignity
  • Inclusion that enables diversity to thrive
  • Provocative and inspiring to serve the purpose

Principles

  • Systemic view and interdependence
  • Social, ecological and economic sustainability
  • Guided by deeper purpose and vision
  • Let self-organisation unfold
  • Collective wisdom by collaborative learning and co-creation
  • Every process has its own rhythms
  • Participatory leadership
  • Communities of Practice
  • Have fun!

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Partners I cooperate with

I love her authentic leadership and passion while handling assignments regardless of their size. She has a keen eye for details and ensures that people she works with are onboarded on time. Judith is an experienced facilitator especially in the use of the Art of Hosting. If given another opportunity to work with Judith, I will gladly take up that opportunity without hesitation. Bikundo Onyari

Lifepreneur Coach, Art of Hosting Practitioner, NLP Coach, Trainer

Working with Judith is always a pleasure, she has an innate ability to bring the possible to life and to inspire even the most difficult situations. Linda Joy Mitchell

Process designer, Facilitator, Artist and Host

I have been working with Judith in different projects and fields in Austria. Her competences of being really present, holding space and listening deeply, motivates people to be authentic and take the next step. It’s always a joy working with her. I’m grateful for all that I learned through facilitating together with her. Stephanie Steyrer

Participatory Process Host, Social worker and Community Development leader

Partners I cooperate with

I love her authentic leadership and passion while handling assignments regardless of their size. She has a keen eye for details and ensures that people she works with are onboarded on time. Judith is an experienced facilitator especially in the use of the Art of Hosting. If given another opportunity to work with Judith, I will gladly take up that opportunity without hesitation. Bikundo Onyari

Lifepreneur Coach, Art of Hosting Practitioner, NLP Coach, Trainer

Working with Judith is always a pleasure, she has an innate ability to bring the possible to life and to inspire even the most difficult situations. Linda Joy Mitchell

Process designer, Facilitator, Artist and Host

I have been working with Judith in different projects and fields in Austria. Her competences of being really present, holding space and listening deeply, motivates people to be authentic and take the next step. It’s always a joy working with her. I’m grateful for all that I learned through facilitating together with her. Stephanie Steyrer

Participatory Process Host, Social worker and Community Development leader

Who I am

See my video: welcoming words
Judith Stemerdink-Herret

I am an expert in hosting meaningful dialogues, enabling you to achieve your goals.

Enthusiastic and open-minded, I enjoy expanding my horizons across national, cultural and mental borders. I managed finance in the private sector for 7 years before I decided to look for new adventures.  These led me to living and working as a I humanitarian aid and development worker in Kenya, Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire for 7 years. I aspire positive change and constantly search for innovative ways to achieve necessary adjustments. My aim is to enable reflection and transformation at personal, organisational, and systemic level to live and use the collective wisdom of humans. I love hosting enabling spaces where new ideas can emerge, unique networks are created and unexpected fresh paths are experienced.

Video: Welcoming Words

 

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Who I am

See my video: welcoming words
Judith Stemerdink-Herret

I am an expert in hosting meaningful dialogues, enabling you to achieve your goals.

Enthusiastic and open-minded, I enjoy expanding my horizons across national, cultural and mental borders. I managed finance in the private sector for 7 years before I decided to look for new adventures.  These led me to living and working as a I humanitarian aid and development worker in Kenya, Uganda and Côte d’Ivoire for 7 years. I aspire positive change and constantly search for innovative ways to achieve necessary adjustments. My aim is to enable reflection and transformation at personal, organisational, and systemic level to live and use the collective wisdom of humans. I love hosting enabling spaces where new ideas can emerge, unique networks are created and unexpected fresh paths are experienced.

Video: Welcoming Words

 

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