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Welcome to our growing community. The World Cafe in Canada.

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Latest Activity: Jan 10, 2013

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Comment by Marxe Urteaga on January 10, 2013 at 5:58pm

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 witness
Friends, I promise you
That I will keep the fire in my heart.
I will lean into that fire
Even if it melts the soles of my shoes
Even if it singes my hair and blackens my fingers
I will not stop
For our humanity is at stake.
There, in the centre of the fire, there where we have always met
Are the embers the wise ones have sheltered on our behalf.
What we have always known, long in the forgetting
Is 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 bone
To 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 way
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 alone
Remember this word:
- Mary Alice Arthur

Comment by Marxe Urteaga on November 26, 2012 at 12:30pm

Hello everyone,

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!

Comment by Marxe Urteaga on November 26, 2012 at 12:19pm

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. 

Event information

Our dear friends Chris Corrigan and Toke Moller will be here!!

Don't miss the opportunity to meet with other practitioners. 



Comment by Chiara Borrello on August 27, 2012 at 3:01pm

Thank for your your welcome Juanita!

Comment by juanita brown on August 27, 2012 at 2:29pm

Hi everyone....

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,


Comment by Chiara Borrello on August 27, 2012 at 10:02am

Hello Marxe,

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.


Comment by Amanda Fenton on July 27, 2012 at 8:23am

Thanks Marxe! I had The Lotus but not The Weave. Lovely!

Comment by Marxe Urteaga on July 27, 2012 at 7:59am

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!!

Comment by Marxe Urteaga on July 11, 2012 at 6:47pm

Hello everyone?

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:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions (or if you are near Montreal and would like to chat).



Comment by Marxe Urteaga on February 14, 2012 at 5:06pm

Hi everyone,

I hope you are having an amazing day!  I would like to share with you this event from the ALIA Institute. 

How the World Is Changed
Seeing and Shifting Patterns in Systems, June 18-22 in Halifax.


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