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Latest Activity: Jan 10, 2013
Started by Mel Blitzer. Last reply by Douglas Murray Sep 28, 2011.
Started by Martin Boerjan. Last reply by Douglas Murray Sep 28, 2011.
Started by Jenn Scharf. Last reply by Joanna Ashworth Nov 15, 2010.
I found this beautiful poem in our Art of Hosting booklet and I wanted to share it with you:
I will keep the fire in my heart
With the bright face of the moon as my witnessFriends, I promise youThat I will keep the fire in my heart.I will lean into that fireEven if it melts the soles of my shoesEven if it singes my hair and blackens my fingersI will not stopFor our humanity is at stake.There, in the centre of the fire, there where we have always metAre the embers the wise ones have sheltered on our behalf.What we have always known, long in the forgettingIs rising through the flames again.It takes those of us who are the firekeepers,Who are the rocksitters, who have the circle in our blood and boneTo make the shape that calls the others home.We have hidden the patterns in our stories, our poems, our songs In the deepest parts of our being.And we will speak, we will sing, we will dance our wayBack.Even now the plazas beckon. Even now the squares call out For life lived in its fullest expression.You who have been solitary, you who have been aloneRemember this word:Together. - Mary Alice Arthur
Welcome to the group, Chiara! I'm happy to announce that I have just finished my masters degree and I have now more free time. If anyone is interested in meeting for a coffee, I'll be more than happy to spend some time in a nice conversation!
Do you live close to Montreal? Do you want to visit us this January? Don't miss The Art of (Inter)action on January 10th-12th.
Our dear friends Chris Corrigan and Toke Moller will be here!!
Don't miss the opportunity to meet with other practitioners.
Thank for your your welcome Juanita!
Welcome Chiara! It's great to see you, too, Marcelita and I hope all is going well for you in Montreal. I still think so fondly of our time together in Brazil. And I'm excited to hear about the "Twitter Cafes" -- how fun!
Con mucho carino,
I am new to this online community, but not new at all to holding world cafés. I have participated and organized many. Similar to the Weave document you sent. I simply wanted to say thank you so much for posting this document. It's well put together. It's a gem to practitioners. Thank you! And it's so lovely that you are in Montreal. I am wondering if you are available for a chat on line or in person. I am originally from Montreal, currently living in the Eastern Townships (Knowlton).
Look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks Marxe! I had The Lotus but not The Weave. Lovely!
Have you read The Weave? it's a guidance for sustainability practitioners. I found this inspiring quote from our friend, Toke.
“The gift of good process is that it allows people to be in learning together. The gift of content is that it gets work done. When you have these two together, you get good results.”
– Toke Paludan Møller, Art of Hosting
If you haven't read it yet, don't miss it!!
I hope you are enjoying the summer!
I'd like to bring to your attention a new feature of the site, the Nearness radar, that allows you to filter the members that are near to you. You can use it by clicking here: http://www.theworldcafecommunity.org/page/nearness-radar
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions (or if you are near Montreal and would like to chat).
I hope you are having an amazing day! I would like to share with you this event from the ALIA Institute. http://aliainstitute.org/blog/track/how-the-world-is-changed/
How the World Is Changed Seeing and Shifting Patterns in Systems, June 18-22 in Halifax.
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