International Hosting Team 2016

The Hosting Team

Colin CampbellColin Campbell is founder and Executive Director and of Assist Social Capital CIC (ASC) and co-founder of the Social Capital World Forum. ASC is a social enterprise with acts as a bridge between the academic evidence on the value of social capital as a critical resource for individual and community resilience & wellbeing and its application in practice.

Colin has been involved in supporting the development social enterprise in Scotland since 2001. Through ASC he works with a wide range of partners and clients from the public and third sectors on social capital, social enterprise and public participation in Scotland and internationally in Austria, Sweden, Spain, South Korea and Vietnam.


Dr Manfred Hellrigl (1)Dr Manfred Hellrigl is founding director of OFRI, the Office for Future-Related Issues (Büro für Zukunftsfragen) of the State Government of Vorarlberg/Austria. He supports and inspires groups of different stakeholders from government, administration and civil society to promote social innovations. His main focus is the collaborative design and implementation of innovative processes that aim to promote self-organization, public participation, civic engagement, social capital and sustainable development.

Manfred is co-founder of the Social Capital World Forum and pioneered the introduction of Wisdom Councils and the Art of Hosting (Conversations that Matter) in and around Austria. He has been invited to talk about his work in many different countries such as Switzerland, Germany, UK, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the USA. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Paris Lodron University in Salzburg. More information about Manfred and his work can be found at:


Anna-KarinDr. Anna-Karin Berglund
Senior adviser – Project manager
Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.

Anna-Karin leads the SALAR development work and the support to Swedish municipalities and county councils in their collaboration and dialogue with civil society and users. The Swedish society is facing challenges which require the development of new creative solutions and cooperation with a variety of actors. An important dimension of the SKL mission is to highlight civil society, citizens and users of welfare, as key resources in order to address major societal challenges. With the growing realization that the public sector need to develop strong and good cooperative relations, Anna-Karin support the emergence of methods of participative leadership, co-creation and collaboration among local and regional authorities.

Anna-Karin holds a Ph.D. in Social and economic geography at Uppsala University, Sweden.  Her research concerns the significance of place, social movements and their relationships with local government, local development, gender, local welfare models and the role of civil society in welfare.




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