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Cafe Bay Area

Northern California Cafe host, practioners, stewards and leaders who are experimenting with the power of conversation for learning, inspiration, and transformation.

Location: Wider San Francisco Bay Area
Members: 67
Latest Activity: Mar 4

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Comment by Andrea Dyer on May 18, 2010 at 9:47am
Dave - Fantastic! This sounds like a wonderful design. My only suggestion is in respect to your 45 minute debrief covering the principles, etc... I encourage you to spend time talking about crafting generative quetsions - this seems easy in theory...but in my experience, takes time and engagement with others in the process and tends to get less play than is warrented. Have a wonderful day at RGI! Andrea
Comment by Dave Shaw on May 17, 2010 at 10:19am
Hello Everyone!

I'm co-hosting a cafe on Sat. May 22nd from 2-5pm in Bolinas at the Regenerative Design Institute on the topic of permaculture. We will have puerh tea and cafe with about 30 folks for about 90 minutes, take a 15 minute 'break/gallery walk' and then do a debrief for about 45 minutes, talking about the principles, etiquette and answer questions they have about the process to the point that they feel confident hosting cafes in their communities after wards. Does this sound like a good flow for the day? The purpose is to experience the WC, have a great conversation about permaculture, and to understand some of the basic tools that WC hosts use.

This is part of the 'invisible structures' day of their 12 month long '4 seasons' permaculture design course at RDI. I'm inviting you to be participants, or co-hosts if you'd like, and imagine that if you were there you might be able to give me some feedback at the end of the day. Maybe some coyote mentoring. I'd love to cafe with you!

Peace, Dave
Comment by juanita brown on April 13, 2010 at 8:15pm
Yes, hope you all might be able to join us and/or spread the word!
Comment by Barbara Chan CMC on April 13, 2010 at 5:09pm
Envisioning powerful possibilities in action Juanita!
Comment by Andrea Dyer on April 13, 2010 at 3:20pm
Sounds wonderful Juanita & Shilpa - have a wonderful cafe day! Andrea
Comment by juanita brown on April 12, 2010 at 5:43pm
Hi everyone...
Here's an invitation to join a very special event for the day of May 2nd which the World Cafe is co-hosting with YES! (Youth for Environmental Sanity).....we'd love to see any and all of you (and especially our younger leaders as well as everyone else interested in the World Cafe.
Invitation is below...and any support you offer will also be of help to the World Cafe Community Foundation's capacity to keep the gift of the World Cafe moving....
With warmest regards,

Sharing Our Gifts and Privileges for a Better World

- a multigenerational workshop -

What unique gifts, powers and privileges do we bring to this world? How can we face the realities of the social and environmental crises of our times, without being overwhelmed and without turning numb? What would it look like to bring our lives and our resources into alignment with our highest values? How can we grow in our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health?

With the foreclosure crisis, healthcare gridlock, increasing warfare, tragedy in Haiti, and so much more, it can be hard to feel hopeful about the future. And yet, now, more than ever, each of us is being called to step up and contribute what we can to shift the direction of our world and unfold new possibilities. As the Hopi saying goes, “We are the ones we've been waiting for.”

YES! and our co-host, World Café, invite you to participate in a day-long workshop entitled “Sharing Our Gifts and Privileges for a Better World”. The workshop is an opportunity for each of us to engage in authentic conversations about who we are, our struggles and hopes, our gifts and resources, and the changes we'd like to see in the world.

For the last 20 years, YES! has been conducting programs with young people, which focus on the intersection of personal, interpersonal and systemic change. This daylong workshop is meant to give a taste of our week-long Youth Jams program and is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

We welcome to the workshop anyone who desires to make a difference with their lives, who feel that they have some gift or privilege (whether through earning, luck, inheritance, education, skills to share, public attention, professional position, or any other self-defined way) and who are willing to share honestly about some of the crucial issues in their lives and our world.

We hope to create a context in which we can take off masks, be authentic, and, in the process, expand our sense of self, of community and of hope. In fact, taking the time to slow down and take stock can be one of the most radical things one can do today, to make a real difference.

“Sharing Our Gifts” will run from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Over the course of the day, we will engage in a variety of activities to examine our life journeys, our diverse identities, our relationships, our sense of generosity, and our visions of a better world.

We ask participants to bring their own lunches – and, if you can, something to share; snacks and drinks will be provided. And, we invite people to contribute to the workshop on a sliding scale of $5 to $200. All donations to YES! are tax-deductible.

May 2, 2010, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kalliopeia Foundation (San Rafael, CA - click here for driving directions)

Co-hosted by World Cafe Community

For more information on any of these workshops, please contact Shilpa Jain or Austin Willacy via phone at 415.652.9005.
Comment by Barbara Chan CMC on February 16, 2010 at 9:37pm
Thank you for sharing your observations about the congruency--it is heartwarming to witness the alignment taking place in multiple ways and multiple venues around the world. The power of collective intelligence has been emerging for some time, and there seems to be convergence all around. For myself, I leave these experiences curious about the impact they have on me, as well as what and how they will ripple out through me, i.e., how can I be a channel for what is meaningful and steward-full?
Comment by Andrea Dyer on February 16, 2010 at 10:40am
Barbara - I am struck by the similarity and relevance of the 'collective wisdom stances' to my experience of world cafe and the power of conversational leadership
- Deep listening
- Suspension of certainty
- Seeing whole systems / seeking diverse systems
- Respect for others / group
- Welcoming all that arises
- Trust in the transcendent
I was left mulling on the various social fields that I am a part of and how my presence influences them.
Comment by Barbara Chan CMC on February 14, 2010 at 11:00am
Is anyone willing to share key highlights from the January BASoL meeting?
Comment by Beth Gurney on January 19, 2010 at 9:37am
Hi Andrea--I plan to be there- it will be great to catch up with you!


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