Hosting Conversations about Questions that Matter
I am Maria Amelia Martins-Loução. I am a portuguese biologist following an academic career at the University of Lisbon. Now, that I am retired I have been dedicated to science promotion events and that's why I touch World Cafe initiatives.
I have been applying this method to environmental problems as well as to science education.
I would love to read about your experiences.
Maria Amélia Martins-Loução
Dear Maria Amélia:
Very interesting. If I understand you apply the methodology of World Café in both scenarios environmental problems of the community, and as a pedagogical tool in college. If so, I wonder in the first case if you seek the participation of all stakeholders around the problem and the effectiveness of the method to reconcile differences. In academia, how to get students (especially postgraduate) do not think that the class has become a conversation that takes away quality and depth of learning from their theoretical knowledge expectations?
Welcome, Maria Amélia - come on in! I look forward to our conversations. Can you say more about how you have been applying World Cafe to environmental problems and science education?
As you will see, our group has been relatively still some time. That's about to change. In part because I will be inviting students from Claremont Lincoln University, where I am consulting and am also a contributing faculty member, to join the conversation. And in part because this online forum is about to be enlivened.
Thanks to Amy Lenzo and the World Cafe Community Foundation we will soon see updates to the entire World Cafe Online Community space - simplifying the navigation, updating materials, archiving threads and groups that are no longer active, adding things and transforming others. By the end of February, the World Cafe Community will have a new face to greet its 20th anniversary.
Warm wishes from the soggy Phoenix desert, overtaken by Super Bowl frenzy,
Thanks for all the details, Maria Amélia. Let me make sure I understand...
Your first World Cafe Hosting experience was to facilitate 10 different sessions for researchers, mathematicians, physicists, and teachers of biology and math focused on Earth Planet Evolution. Is that accurate?
Do you know Open Space Technology? If I have understood you, here's what came to mind for me as I read about your situation. Perhaps the OST principles/existential truths have some relevance here.
Do you have any idea why it's difficult to attract students to your topic? Congratulations for never giving up in 2 years!
Warm wishes from a warm Phoenix evening,