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Dear Arizona friends and friends of Arizona,

If you are in Phoenix on August 19, 2010 (or know someone who will be), we hope you will join us for a Community Conversation on Immigration from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Rio Salado Community College Conference Center.  We'll be using World Cafe!

I'm part of a group of passionate Arizonans who believe this time is full of potential for our state.  Our name is Collaborative Spark - we are hosting a series of community conversations designed to create a safe and neutral listening and learning environment to help us understand one another, establish common ground and transform ideas into action.

Collaborative Spark is honored to be facilitating the August 19 World Cafe Community Conversation on Immigration in partnership with Project Civil Discourse, which is a special initiative of the Arizona Humanities Council working in collaboration with organizations from around the state to provide opportunities for the public to participate in trainings, forums, and special events that share, model and provide insight on collaborative problem-solving skills.

Registration is free - seating is limited -

We invite you to bring your friends and a rich diversity of opinions, backgrounds and questions.  Please forward to your networks!

Warm wishes from muggy (but cooler) Phoenix,


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Hi christina and our World Cafe community....
This is a wonderful use of the World Cafe to help explore a critical societal issue--providing a safe space for diverse perspectives and mutual understanding to evolve through dialogue.

Bravo Christina for your commitment to civic engagement...
Dear Christine,

do you have seen the thread from the last online café about immigration - it was not on the special issue of immigration in the US, more on the immigration theme around the world. You can find some harvesting here: at the inquiry circle group .
we are living in Dresden, Saxony, Germany - in eastern part of Germany- where the immigration theme is a complete different - there are living only 3-4 % of immigrants here in this area - and there will be a big issue to find people for different working areas in the next future...
It would be great, if you can post the harvesting in this online community space, I would be very interested, and I think, I'm not the only one :-)

Warm wishes from sunny Dresden, Sabine
Dear Christine

Big hello from rainy NW England. I am inspired by Collaborative Spark and your community conversation on immigration. For a few months now I have been mulling over how to ignite an appetite for community conversation in my new home town of Lancaster, UK - as part of our move towards Transition ( from an oil dependent world to a sustainable and life-affirming world). What would a community committed to community conversations on all the issues that matter, look like ? I will follow Collaborative Spark with eagerness. Love to you. Cliodhna
Dear Juanita, Sabine, Cliodhna and others,

The Community Conversation on Immigration was a potent and peaceful success! Over 150 Arizonans passionately shared their perspectives and sought deeper understanding of each other as well as the issues and opportunities surrounding immigration.

The Collaborative Spark team had a great time while holding the space together. By early next week, we will have a newspaper column and links to the harvest to share. Participants posted their most exciting and actionable ideas and then we invited any who cared to convene further conversations to post their contact info on the ideas. Others indicated their interest in those future conversations by posting their contact info, as well.

By the end of the evening, the sticky walls were filled with ideas and ownership. Over 10% of the participants offered to host conversations! As we were closing, a Wordle captured the language from the flash reports and the popcorn closing.

Thanks for holding the space with us. Cliodhna, let me know if there is anything I/we can do to help your efforts in Lancaster.

Warm wishes to all from a toasty Phoenix morning,


Hi Whitney

I could not get your links from your posting to the Phoenix Republic article. Love to be able to read them

Stan Rowland
Hi Rowland -

Here's the link to the article -

Hi Whitney,

Thank you for reposting the link, and congratulations on a highly successful event! It was very inspiring to read about it, and I look forward to further harvests from the gathering.




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