Archive for Europe

A Genesis of Hope

With deep gratitude for our community of practice, I invite you to read some lines about one of the initiatives that has emerged out of the Impact Jamboree.Open Hearts Logo

Open Hearts supports volunteers who care for refugees – offering a variety of resources, and co-creating safe spaces for bearing witness for each other.

Open Hearts sees the need for hosted conversations, bringing together volunteers, NGO’s, governments and refugees; on all levels, ranging from local to regional and national and to international.

The Impact Jamboree has allowed me to deeply experience the power and potency of hospitable space, be it online or offline.

Hospitable space is so much more than some flowers and coloured pens. It is more than a beautifully designed invitation. It is more than healthy and tasty food. Of course, all of these ingredients help a lot… but there is more.

Read More

Creating space for deep work

This is a personal blogpost – grateful for the space we have co-created here for practitioners, sharing questions, experiences, insights.



I am writing on Saturday morning, November 14. Shabbat.

The morning after another night of horrifying attacks. This time in Paris. Before, in Beiroet, Ankara, Copenhagen, so many places.

And there are many, many other places where family members are grieving for their loved ones: so many died on their journey to safety, children and adults, drowned, sometimes very close to the shore.

All lives matter.

Read More

Bürgerrat – Civic Councils on Refugees in Austria

For the last 25 years, the State of Vorarlberg has been pioneering different methods of public participation. Since 2008, they have been working intensively with Jim Rough’s process, originally named Wisdom Council or Creative Insight Council, which in their context they have named Bürgerrat or “Civic Council”. Austria is currently among the three most preferred destinations in Europe for refugees, next to Germany and Sweden. To deal with this situation adequately, the government of Vorarlberg organized a Civic Council to address the question “How do we deal with the rise of refugees well.”

This short video by Martin Rausch documents the work they did in June 2015 to help create a “Culture of Collaboration”, using World Cafe for the Citizen Cafés at the heart of the Bürgerrat. Their work is ongoing.

The Civic Council (“Bürgerrat”) in Austria on: “How do we deal best with the influx of refugees” – June 2015 from Martin Rausch on Vimeo.