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Please join the conversation if you are interested in blending The World Cafe with other methods and models such as Open Space Technology, Appreciative Inquiry, Polarity Management, Spiral Dynamics, Theory U, the Enneagram and more.

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20% discount for World Cafe Community ~ Phoenix or Berlin for Methods for Strategic Collaboration Foundations Training

Hi all,

You are cordially invited to Phoenix, April 13-16, or Berlin, June 8-11, for the Methods for Strategic Collaboration Foundations Training.  Since 2003, change leaders from 5 continents have enjoyed collaborating while learning about how to blend and scale Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Polarity Mapping.  This year, I'm introducing ROC-Return on Collaboration, which builds on the best of Appreciative Inquiry.  

If you are interested in receiving a 20% discount, as a member of the World Cafe Community, please contact me directly at  

More details can be found here:

Warm wishes from the fragrant desert,



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Comment by Luis Carlos Jacobsen on December 5, 2011 at 5:15pm

Hi Juanita, Christine! Been following your gonversations, like gossiping a lot! haha I have been placing world cafe conversations inside AI summits. It has resulted amazing to switch from the fixed table of AI, to the pollinating one for some times. And also I onced found myself covering the 4 D's through world cafe, without personal interviews at the  start. I would love to keep sharing, cheers guys!

Comment by juanita brown on December 5, 2011 at 5:03pm

Yes, it's truly wonderful....and Kathy Jourdain, of ARt of Hosting and I are just finishing a paper related to the evolution of these various doorways and the opportunities we are seeing in the "central garden of our common work."

 I'd love to hear what you all are doing these days and how you are mixing and matching modalities to support conversations that matter.

Hugs and best wishes for the holidays to all in this group! 


Comment by Christine Whitney Sanchez on December 5, 2011 at 3:53pm

Hi dear Juanita,

Isn't it exciting to witness the evolution and self-organized use of World Cafe, Open Space, AI and other synergistic methods?

Love, Christine

Comment by juanita brown on December 4, 2011 at 6:42pm

Hi Christine,

Lovely to know this is happening.  The Occupy Cafe is a very lively space these days!

Fondest regards,


Comment by Christine Whitney Sanchez on December 4, 2011 at 5:52pm

Hi all,

I've just jumped in to something I thought you might be interested in. Occupy Cafe is hosting a 2 hour call on Tuesday, 12/6 at 1pm PST, 4pm EST to begin a process of Appreciative interviews "that offer all participants an opportunity to tell their stories and hear those of another person.  These will then be shared with the movement via Occupy Cafe and perhaps other venues as well."  If you want to join the front end of a mass mobilized appreciative inquiry into the Occupy Movement, you can register for the call here.  

Comment by Raymond F. Peck on November 5, 2011 at 5:24am

Hello - I am Raymond - from Switzerland - Zurich

I intend to open a Virtual-Café-Tea-Bistro. The whole website shall serve as a meeting place of thoughtful people who seriously like to engage themselves to building - up conditions all over the world that allow people t live in peace. As a member of our group which is already undertaking similar

things as the world cafe does, I was searching for your site and find it important to link with places where likeminded people gather, exchange and discuss ideas and support each other. Many new ideas that have transformed societies have been born in Coffee-Teahouses or Bars. Why not transmit it into the virtual world?

My experience with people through my long years travel around the world. Ever since my childhood I explored philosophical and spiritual topics.
Since 1995 I am Co-founder of the NovaTerra Project, and initiator and head of the NovaTerra-Chain that serves as a platform for global networkingof alternative communities.Since 1999 I manage my own Publishing Company "Blue River". I wrote the books Psycho-Terra (e.g. World-Soul - Welten-Seele), "Human Adventure"(Abenteuer-Mensch), "Blossom of the Heart"(Bluete des Herzens) and my newest book "Mind-Worlds" (Gedanken-Welten), will appear in 2012

 I hope we can exchange from time to time our experiences.

wishing you all a great Day.

Best regards, Raymond 

Comment by Christine Whitney Sanchez on August 30, 2011 at 11:18am

Dear Jung fans,

If you haven't seen this precious piece from the BBC's 1959 series, I hope you will find it as intimately enriching as I did. 

“Carl Gustav Jung was eighty-four years old when he was interviewed for the BBC series, Face-to-Face, in October of 1959.  At the time, he was the world’s greatest living psychologist.  Founder of Analytical Psychology and originator of the concept of the Collective Unconscious.”


Comment by Christine Whitney Sanchez on August 25, 2011 at 9:41pm

Hi all...I'm going to be on panel at the Arizona City of Leagues and Towns annual conference and have been able to grab 15 minutes of interactive time to give the city managers, mayors and staff an opportunity to experience the power of collective wisdom. 


The focus of the panel is the relationship between community engagement and economic development.  I would appreciate any and all thoughts about meaningful questions and what to do in those 15 minutes.

Warm wishes from sizzling Phoenix, Christine

Comment by juanita brown on March 28, 2011 at 6:09pm

Hi everyone....the following is a wonderful story by Susan Partnow about the combination of World Cafe and Open Space in a session she did in Monrovia, Liberia.....very exciting....and I'm sure she'd love your feedback and comments,



Last Saturday my partners and I hosted over 120 community leaders at an Open Space Community Meeting here in Monrovia, Liberia.  My small non profit, Global Citizen Journey, in partnership with the Liberian organization, Population Caring Organization, are launching the Liberia Peacebuilder Initiative to help grow a network of leaders that cut across all of the many divides here:  traditional, Christian, Muslim; 16+ ethnic groups; men/women; youth/elders; educated/illiterate; ex-combatants; returning refugees.  We have recruited 35 leaders from the Interfaith Council of Churches, Tribal Elders Council, National Council of Tribal Governance, and several NGOs plus the Kofi Annan Graduate school of Peace Studies.  These 35 received a 5 day training in Compassionate Listening, Restorative Circles, Trauma Healing, Forgiveness & Reconciliation – and I will return in 2 months to continue this train-the-trainer program.  One of the components they will learn is how to facilitate Open Space and World Café, so they will have these powerful tools to share with their communities and bring their groups together in dialogue.  To introduce them to this practice, they were invited to attend with their invited guests to a Community Meeting last Saturday with the convening question,

“It’s up to us – you and me.  We have challenges and opportunities.

What can we do now to begin to create the Liberia that works for all of us”


For this first week, I was accompanied by a group of students and two professors from Salem State University (in Massachusetts) – led by Dr. Greg Carroll, chair of the Intercultural and Peace studies program there – and we offered a 3 day training to the Salem students plus students from the Kofi Annan School of Peace Studies at the University of Liberia. 

For the community meeting, we started the morning with a World Café – to help connect everyone across the diverse groups present in the room – and to begin giving them the experience and skill of dialogue, i.e. each person having a turn to have their voice heard, each person listening to one another, weaving together thoughts into a dialogue – vs. their usual habit of orating, with each speaker giving their own little speech without connection to the speaker before or after.  We had three rounds with these questions:

Round 1) What do you love about Liberia?

Round 2) What keeps us from making Liberia what we want it to be?

Round 3) How can we begin to work together to make these ‘better Liberia’ dreams come true?


Before we began the first round, we had everyone move around so they would be in a circle that included men  and women and people they didn’t know.  This took a while, but with help from the Salem students and PCO staff, we got them into the small groups of 4.  I introduced and explained the use of a talking object (we had stones picked up at their beautiful beaches).  After I explained in my US English, a local party translated into the local vernacular creole (“everybody talk small small time with ‘talking object-o’ and listen each other-o”).  Still, there was clear lack of understanding – this was out of everyone’s experience – so we went around to each group to help them get it:  so someone would actually pick up their talking object and begin – and pass it around, no cross talk…  It was fascinating to see how –by the third round—everyone in the room had caught on to the idea – and the groups were fully engaged, one round with the talking object, then really juicy and connected/coherent conversation…  We had a great debrief and discussion…  Then we moved into a large double circle and I introduced Open Space – so thrilled to tell them how it was really coming back home to them – since Harrison Owen learned so much from Liberia (where he was the head of Peace Corps) that he wove into the process…

They were very responsive to step right up and offer topics… After creating the market place, we had lunch with some fabulous Liberian drumming and dancing… and then moved into the first session. Again, it took a while  for them to really understand how they could move from session to session – and how they could choose a session to attend – not just their own topic!  But by ~15-20 minutes into it, everyone was fully engaged in a topic of their choice…


For the Open Space, 26 topics were generated:

  1. How can we bring fair justice in Liberia to make peace
  2. Living as an ambassador of genuine peace
  3. How to resolve land dispute
  4. Creating peace among learners
  5. Conflict Resolution
  6. How can we reconcile?
  7. What is the future after 2011 elections?
  8. How can we build peace in Liberia?
  9. Peace begins with us
  10. Culture into education
  11. Improvement of education sector
  12. Good working relationship
  13. What you can do to bring above peace?
  14. What it takes to be a community leader?
  15. Peace brings unity
  16. National reconciliation
  17. Forgive one another
  18. How to avoid bad governance
  19. How can Salem State University help Liberia?
  20. Methods of building peace
  21. Promoting peacebuilding implementations @ workplaces/ schools & Universities/ communities/ churches/ government & institutions
  22. Democracy & good governance, leadership with integrity to have a peaceful environment in Liberia
  23. Peace in the family
  24. Peace in 16 counties
  25. How do we protect the peace we enjoy?
  26. What Liberians stand to benefit should the peace process become successful?


Since there were no computers available and many people do not write, we had a helper in each group help create a flipchart with key points discussed and any action steps identified.  Our Liberian Partners will create a report that contains much of this information and will disseminate it to each of the key groups that sent participants.  I’ll keep you posted on outcomes we hear of.  Though already we heard there was quite a buzz about what a successful and engaging event it was – and how people are introducing the idea of circles and talking objects to their communities.


All for now,


Susan Partnow

Founding Director, Global Citizen Journey

4425 Baker Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107

tel. 206-783-8561

fax 206-782-7786

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"When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness.  Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other."  --Margaret Wheatley


Comment by Adrian Pyle on March 20, 2011 at 9:39pm

Further to my blog entry below - some "flip videos" about the space we are trying to  create using theory U alongside world cafe and other space making processes...


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