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Art of Hosting and World Cafe in Bundaberg, Australia

Mary-Alice Arthur shared this beautiful story and harvest of an event she co-hosted in Bundaberg, Australia. The World Cafe was featured in the program so she kindly agreed to allow me to post it here in the World Cafe StoryNet.

I think you'll find it as interesting and informative as I did; thank you, Mary-Alice!

Here is the harvest document (download the 1.5M pdf: Bundaberg_Harvest ) and this is an excerpt from her introduction:

This harvest (from a 45 person meeting in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia) might provide an interesting framework for others:
  • Welcome & framing
  • Check in circle
  • Teach:  Living systems & mechanistic worldview + chaordic path + FourFold Practice
  • World Café
  • Lunch
  • Sharing stories of practice + harvesting
  • Collective mindmapping
  • Working groups
  • Check out circle

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At this time I was a basic net-worker, studying and involving myself as much as I could in my community.  I would have enjoyed being involved and only discovered world cafe through my university studies.  Bundaberg has been through so much and is getting a face lift around town, but this has not extended to homeless people.  For whatever reason, there are people who have no fixed address, living from hand to mouth, some with children and others on their own.  What is the problem with cheap affordable housing?  Other countries are doing it, we have had so much destruction, but I am of the feeling that we need to fix what is actually broken before we build what is not essential...



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