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Hosting Conversations about Questions that Matter

This story was sent in by World Café pioneer and graphic wizard extraordinaire Nancy Margulies.

Hosts:
Nancy Margulies and the leadership team of a national organization, The Conscious Elders Network

Hosting Org/Sponsor:
The Conscious Elders Network

Location:
Odd Fellows Hall in Half Moon Bay, California

This World Café was for:
CEN wanted to let people know about their organization and enable participants to get to know one another better, share their interests in contributing to a better world, and find ways to support one another.

Purpose:
CEN wanted to let people know about their organization and encourage them to participate in specific action groups. The goal was also to enable participants to get to know one another better, share their interests in contributing to a better world, and find ways to support one another.

Numbers Attending:
60

Questions Used:
This was not a typical World Cafe. However, there were questions addressed such as: Where is the future you want emerging now? (What signs of that future give you hope).

What energizes you? Or what do you feel most passionate about?

What would you like to do to be not retired, but re-fired, enthused to take action for inner growth or outer action in the world?

Impact:
We set up long tables and had paper and art materials on all of the tables. People began by drawing a circle the size of a dessert plate. They then put feet or a stand under the circle. Then everyone stood up and moved one place to the right.

They were now sitting in front of a crystal ball that holds an image or words that indicate what future is emerging - a future they want. They then drew or wrote words to reflect this future and discussed it with the person directly across from them. This moving and talking in groups of 2,3 and 4 continued with more drawing, more conversing. Later people met in smaller groups based upon their interest in joining a specific action group.

Additional Comments:
The goal of this event was also to have fun -- people enjoyed the art aspect and there was a lot of lively conversation. We didn't do a harvest, but it could easily have been incorporated.

We also showed a 12 minute TED talk half way through. This talk explained how small actions of people who "walk out" of the major institutions and begin small local actions eventually connect and form a viable alternative. Organic food movement is one such example. The talk by Deborah Freize, is based on her book with Meg Wheatley.

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