​​"​To improve the quality of life for all Tribal Members, through culturally competent, custom-fit research"

What is it?

The Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.

Meet the Trainers!

Jerry Nagel is President of the Meadowlark Institute, an organization committed to developing our individual and collective capacity to engage in meaningful conversations with those who hold different traditions, values and goals. Jerry and his partner Kathy Jourdain are is co-developers of the Worldview Intelligence Program that is being offered worldwide. He is a Steward in the Art of Hosting Community of Practice and a Flow Game practitioner. As a fourth generation North Dakotan, Jerry has a deep respect for our connections to the land and places we each come from. Jerry has an MA in Economics and a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Tilburg University, The Netherlands. He has attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University as a Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow and is also a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow. Jerry is deeply committed to hosting meaningful conversations around many of our most difficult issues, including race, gender, age, sexual orientation and political and economic power.

To learn more, watch some of the many great videos that each show a part of what the The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter is all about: Art of hosting Vimeo Channel.

Not just any talk is conversation

Not any talk raises consciousness 
good conversation has an edge

It opens your eyes to something

It quickens your ears and 
good conversation reverberates

It keeps on talking in your mind later in the day;

The next day, you find yourself 
still conversing with what was said

The reverberation afterward 
is the very raising of consciousness

Your mind and heart have been moved

Your are at another level with your reflections.

- James Hillman

LeMoine LaPointe is a member of the Sicangu Lakota, the Titunwan division of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires). The living legacy of his indigenous people enlivens his more than 35 years of engagement-centered facilitation and leadership of youth at risk and adults in culturally-exclusive and multi-cultural settings, from geographically isolated tribal communities to ethnically diverse inner-city neighborhoods. His infusion of indigenous culture and contemporary adventure-based practice in his consultant work restores the extraordinary in a field too often saturated with ordinary experiences. His integration of environmental, nature based, and wilderness centered experience offers a fresh approach to organizational and community engagement. He chairs the boards of the American Indian OIC and AIM Interpretive Center. He is a founding board member of the Tiwahe Foundation and Native Youth Alliance of Minnesota. Finally, he is member of the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis.