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World Cafe - Fielding Research Group

Research that feeds off of itself. A research community dedicated to exploring how to contribute to the evolution of the intersection of The World Cafe and of Fielding Graduate Institute - An act of transformation of the whole.

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Comment by Caroline Lee on January 20, 2010 at 3:57pm
Fielding folks,

Happy 2010! Thanks to all of you who contributed to making the 2009 Dialogue and Deliberation Practitioners Survey a success. As promised, our results website is now live:
Survey Results
Share this link with others, download or browse results, ask us a question, or join a discussion about the findings. We really look forward to hearing what you think.

Caroline Lee and Francesca Polletta
Comment by Caroline Lee on October 28, 2009 at 7:19am
Thanks John! I really appreciate it. All best, Caroline
Comment by John Inman on October 27, 2009 at 8:50pm
Caroline, I participated in your survey. I wish you success in your research.

Comment by Caroline Lee on October 27, 2009 at 11:54am
LAST CHANCE! Survey of D&D Practitioners Closing Soon!

Thanks so much to so many of you for taking our survey of dialogue and deliberation practitioners. If you have been meaning to take the survey but have not found the time yet, it's not too late, but the survey is closing on Halloween! Here is the link:

Many thanks in advance for your contribution to our research. We have gotten a fantastic response from the Fielding and World Cafe communities, and will share the link to the results here once the data are in.
Comment by Elva Castaneda de Hall on October 23, 2009 at 7:18pm
Dear John,

You are highly infectious. I have little immunity against your pernicious line of questioning.


; > )

Comment by juanita brown on October 23, 2009 at 7:08pm
Hi John,
I LOVE the human virus analogy--and think it would be great to explore it more. As I think this is actually in some ways what's happened with the World Cafe as a "positive virus" over these years--and now it's becoming a generative epidemic!
Fond regards,
Comment by John Inman on October 23, 2009 at 6:28am
Insights posted by Hala Makarem on the Presencing Community site in response to Otto's blog post of taking innovations viral.

Inspired by the question "What would require the new to go viral, to be scaled?" that Otto shared in his blogpost "How does the new come into the system?", when I had the opportunity to meet a virologist, I couldn't help myself but to inquire on the following with the intention of learning how we can bring laboratory work into our living systems work:

1) What are the conditions required to host a virus?
2) What is the role of various blood types during a viral infection? (my intention was to understand what is the impact of the nature of different people in the process)
3) How does a virus propagate?
4) What are the main steps needed for a virus to transfuse into an epidemic?

The answers I received from Dr. Walter W., an austrian virologist working in a major pharmaceutical company is the following:

1) A virus normally can infect only specific cells. Specific in a way that it can infect them – they are expressing the right receptors to let it enter and they provide the needed mechanisms for its replication.

2) To my knowledge only HIV has some preferences regarding blood type – there is a specific genetic determination that is present in less than 1% of the population which protects you from HIV infection – the virus cannot enter the cell there because the receptor is not accessable

3) There are different mechanisms but in general: a virus is more or less a recipe than contains all information for the production of all proteins the viral particle is consisting of and also proteins that are for the defense of the virus against the host-cell. This recipe or viral-DNA / RNA is encapsuled by viral proteins building the viral particle. Replication always uses the cellular environment like a parasite or by reprogramming the whole cellular setup to virus production. The cell in most cases dies in the end

4) The main prerequisites are that the virus doesn´t kill to efficiently – as Ebola which limits the spread by killing the host to efficiently; HIV is easily transmitted and kills the host over years so that the host has enough time to spread the virus to other new hosts – you see that slower the more efficient.

So, my questions now become:

* What are the right receptors needed to let our work enter? How can we highlight them, appreciate them, connect them and encourage them .....?

* What are the proteins required to mainfest our virus, and what are the proteins required to defend against what resists it?

* How can we encapsulate the virus efficiently?

and when I read "the Slower the more Efficient" I realize the truth of the journey which gives me confidence and courage that we are doing, each from his/her place, what is needed right now :)
Comment by John Inman on October 23, 2009 at 6:17am
Busting myths and stereotypes has emerged as an area of interest as we explore intergenerational conversations using TWC. I have given this even more thought and wonder about the role trust plays. Does trust develop through TWC process and because of trust; is the power of the cafe realized? I wonder.

Comment by John Inman on October 17, 2009 at 10:28am
There have been a variety of conversations swirling around the concept of intergenerational dialogue. If anyone is doing work around this theme or would like to input their thoughts, please do.

Comment by Caroline Lee on September 30, 2009 at 2:49pm
Hi everyone! I am currently conducting a survey of dialogue and deliberation practitioners and Juanita and Raffi suggested that I post to this group. We plan on sharing our results back with the community. Thanks in advance for your time!
Caroline Lee
Survey of Dialogue and Deliberation Practitioners

Will you help us to learn more about the field of dialogue and deliberation-- and possibly win a cash prize for your favorite charitable organization?

The field of public dialogue and deliberation is growing dramatically-- so dramatically, in fact, that no one fully knows what the field looks like: who is doing public dialogue and deliberation work, what forms their work is taking, what common challenges they face, how they would like to see the field develop. We are two sociologists who want to find answers to those questions by asking you, the experts.

We believe that your insights will help to strengthen the field, and we plan to share whatever information we learn. The survey at the link below will take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Your answers will be anonymous, but we will enter a charitable organization of your choice in a raffle for a $200 donation-- a small token of our appreciation for your participation.

Thanks in advance for your help in making the survey a success!

Francesca Polletta and Caroline Lee

Click on this link:

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