Maria Scordialos is a process artist, host and social entrepreneur, creating the conditions for humanity to live its fullest potential. She offers her natural ability to see patterns, create structure and design processes so that new solutions and forms can be co-created. Maria has applied this through working as a corporate director in the public sector in the UK, a consultant, a co-initiator of the Art of Hosting as well as a founder of Axladitsa-Avatakia and the Living Wholeness Institute. She is currently also co-founding AoH-Athina in Greece, an initiative bringing participative leadership in time of collapse and crisis.
Maria’s upbringing in an international environment has gifted her with the ability to contextualize, be adaptable and become sensitive to the unspoken elements of a culture, to be able to see and deeply cherish the beauty of diversity and plurality. As a citizen of the world, a big part of her work is for the commons, for the public sphere, for democracy. The past years of living first hand the collapse in Greece has been her practice ground and fertile soil of supporting the seeding of the new systems.
Maria is a natural leader and visionary, drawing out people’s potential and talents. She brings clarity amidst the most chaotic of circumstances, bringing structure and making things tangible, always with her characteristic sense of humor and lightheartedness. Maria’s unique perception allows her to connect seemingly unconnected things and naturally create designs. She helps with the transition point between the invisible and the visible, and then focuses on the practical, real-life application of that emergent intelligence. She does this through her deep practice of working with the not-knowing, with waiting, listening, and noticing emergence, which permeates her work and her life.
Maria holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes de Mille ~ chorégraphe, danseuse et metteur en scène américaine, (1905 1993)