Networking at Hole Artcenter in Norway

My regular readers know me as a network evangelist. One of my working tools, LinkedIn where I have more than 500 connections, gives me accesses to millions of people throughout the whole world. Networking is basted on mutual trust and a givers gain. The more you invest, show interest and care about others, the more you get back. It’s impossible to meet all those people all the time, but you can meet some of them some times. Therefore I’m also a co-fonder of LinkeInNorway. We meet at least four times a year and this time I’ll take you with to a very inspirational workshop. I trust that pictures says more than a thousand words, so I base my minute on what I captured with my Nokia mobile phone (click the pics to enlarge):


Taking notes on the table cloth:-)

I’ll get back to that picture, but let’s start with Hole Artcenter itself. I let our host and the owner, Åsmund Bergwitz, introduce you: ’Hole Artcenter is build on a personal and passionate relation to art, design and architecture. We wish to develop a modern inspiration-centre in the style of Louisiana in Denmark. In addition to the gallery, we organize workshops, conferences, concerts and events. The environment at the Artcenter makes it a unique experience.’ I can assure you that it lives up to its goal and more! Let me give you a glimpse of what Åsmund showed us on a guided tour:


Åsmund showing around in the Arcenter

In that environment, a good friend of mine: Paal Leveraas, a coach and journalist, started with a very good presentation on how to how to make a good profile on LinkedIn. Then we had this inspirational workshop and that’s when the first picture in this post comes in. We where discussing in groups and was writing on the table cloth! Actually the workshop was organized in a very interesting way – what they call ‘a world café’; there was one group exercise on each table and we toured around with new people all the time to discuss the subjects. I’ll recommend that kind of work shop organisation to everyone so ask me if you want more details! After an hour there was time for summarising and here you see the conclusions on one of the tables (randomly picked of course:-)

After the workshop we were invited upstairs in the restaurant which ad the most wonderful panorama view to the valley and its beautiful lake (Tyrifjorden, one of the biggest in Norway!). You can read more about Hole by clicking here! The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm Hole (Norse Hólar), since the first church was built here. The name is the plural form of hóll m ’round (and isolated) hill’. The owner and host was the chef too of course (he together with is wife Elenor Martinsen is multitalented you know!) and made this wonderful soup or more like a stew:

The food is excellent too!

If you still wonder about the outcome of the meeting – to make it short: the best LinkedInNorway meeting ever:-) and if you like a proof, click here for my LinkedIn profile. I would be delighted to receive a request for connection from you!

Update:
My colleague and best networker friend Edgar (was at this meeting of course!), have a great post: ‘Why don’t we teach Networking in universities?’ Click and read it!

23 Comments

  1. Renny, Renny! I knew you were a web adept and I discover really you are a network evangelist! I think LinkeinNorway, is a fantastic creation! And a happy end for the meeting! Your profil is impressive!
    Cap in hand!

  2. Glad you had a good meeting!

    Love the pictures, as usual, but your pictures of food made me hungry, as usual. ;-)

    Time for my supper.

    Have a great day, Renny. :-)

    Love and hugs,

    Diane

  3. Fascinating! I am truly impressed! But then, I knew you were someone amazing already! ;~)

  4. Først og fremst, Tusen takk for sms’n.

    Wonderful pictures ;) Also, let me just say, like maribeth, I am impressed!

  5. Interesting post, Renny! You are the king of networking for sure!

  6. To all,
    I was there, and would like to thank Renny for sharing the experience with all of us(or is that all of you?)

    If you’re ever in the vicinity of Oslo, try to squeeze in a visit to the Arts Centre at Hole – it’s worth it!!!
    Rgds,
    Edgar Valdmanis

  7. Very interesting. The number of contacts you do have – I mean Contacts – is far beyond all theories – from even elder than the Roman Armys. One person can cope with 150. Then it is imparitive to divide, i.e have “assistance”.

    The other side is: Selling.

    And that’s another story.

    I’m on net again. It looks like I have to shut down my PC and shut down the modem – several times – and each time hope it works. My nerves – grrrrr

    hugs to you and D

  8. Wow. I am very impressed. I see networking as this huge mountain with the biggest tiger watching guarding it’s foot. I don’t know how people do it, but ti’s fantastic. I’d love to get some of that panache, but it’s very disconcerting…at least thinking about it is.

    I love the pictures as usual. That baby art, it makes you soft inside looking at it.

  9. @Claudie: Thanks – and blogging is an important part and tool for networking too you know! Now I’m glad to have you as a part of my network too:-)

    @Diane J.: Thanks – hope I could inspire you to a great supper then!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend:-)

    @Maribeth: Your too kind and I’m proud to have you in my blog network too!

    @AL: Gratulerer så mye med dagen!
    You where one of the first in my blog network you know:-)

    @Teena: Awww, how nice of you to say soo!

    @Edgar: Good to have you there with us my friend and thanks for your contributions both at this meeting and for LinkeInNorway in general!
    I do agree with your recommendations about Hole Artcenter!

    @TorAa: Well said Tor and then again it’s givers gain you know!
    Sorry you have all this net trouble – Hope we’ll still have reliable access when you and Anna are visiting us in our vacations home in July!

    @Shoshana: It’s not that overwhelming and most people use networking without even realizing it; like when you contact someone you know for a service, instead of someone you don’t.
    I think the babies was touching too:-)

  10. IMPRESSIVE!!! wow!
    so your in networking….cool!
    thanks REnny for visiting my new site.

  11. AMAZING, Renny! You are amazing and the “networking” is fantastic. How do you have time to do all that you do?
    I feel honored to know you through blogging!

    LOVED that Baby Art….Really very Beautiful!

    Hope your weekend is lovely!

  12. I knew you were into networking, I mean deep into it, but not that you’re the Networking Guru :-P

    Quite impressive yes. I’m glad you decided to show us! There should be much more networking – in all fields actually – than there is. Maybe we would at last develop everything much faster – or I might say easier, because that’s what I meant.

    And to share all our knowledge with each other would make a big difference too instead of beginning from the beginning every time…

    Keep up the good work :-)

    BTW: the baby sculpture is just so expressive!!! wonderful!

  13. I know this is so wonderful! I guess my travels to Europe really taught me ohow to network and meet people everywhere also. My biggest problem is that I’ve had a 3 year break from travels which is just killing me as you know…

    At any rate, lovely pics. I imagine that all night-light sky is closing in… How wonderful!

    (only 3 more days until my PR)

  14. I always get so hungry when I come to your blog, RennyBA!

    And yes, you are quite the networking social butterfly, this is true!

    Your comment on my blog was hilarious…:P

  15. Oh so true Renny….relationship needs to be nurtured and yes…life come full circle sometimes you do meet frenz again.

    You are such a gem :D

  16. You are the best Network Evangelist I have ever known, Renny. You rock! :)

  17. What wonderful things you do, Renny! LinkeinNorway looks and sounds like an incredible place, and I’m sure everyone loves networking with you!

    I wish you a lovely Sunday, my friend! XXOO

  18. Those baby sculptures were fascinating. Even at work you end up in such interesting places!

    Thanks for checking in, I’m feeling a lot better now :-)

  19. What a wonderful center. It looks to be such a motivating place.

    You are the king of networking, Renny!

  20. wow! that’s a good way to discuss things. you love arts? what a question. hehehe ;p

  21. Looks like a amazing place. I don’t think networking would be my cup of tea, real peolpe scare me!

  22. I just adore those baby statues!

  23. Neste gang vi møtes på Hole Artcenter ser jeg frem til at den Japanske hagen har begynt å vokse. Join Hole Artcenter Group på Facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20691741840

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