The World Cafe Community
Hosting Conversations about Questions that Matter
This group is for those interested in exploring & sharing our experiences hosting World Cafes in cyberspace and bringing its magic and connection into the online medium.
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Started by Ben Roberts May 21, 2010.
Dear friends in the "World Cafe Online" group,
This group has been dormant for what seems like a long time now... Mea culpa since as the "host" of this group I have not been active in making connections, sharing what I'm up to with online World Cafes and other interactive participatory online events, inviting you to share about what you are doing, etc.
There are actually some things going on in this area that I could share, but more importantly I would like to know if this group is still of interest and value to you, and if so what you would like to see happen in/from/with it.
If you'd like to keep the group open, let me know by sharing something - make a comment or post about something you've been wondering about re World Cafe online, or an idea about what you'd like to see on this group, etc..
Thanks for being here and for all you've shared so far!
I just thought I'd share that we are in the middle of our first online World Café Signature Learning Program!
In spite of the inevitable tech issues that arise within a mixed group using an online medium - many if not most of whom are technologically shy or inexperienced- it's always fascinating for me to hear that people are STILL able to make the deep connections and listen closely enough to have a powerful "World Café experience" online.
So ... what are YOU all doing in the online sphere that is surprising you? Where are you finding the "delight" these days? :-)
We've been busy working on a new online World Cafe series called Conversations for the 21st Century, which will be free and open to the public. We'll schedule one every month or so, and each session will address a range of topics pertinent to life in the 21st century...
Ben Roberts and I will be co-hosting the series using MaestroConference, and the first event is this coming Friday, on the topic of community: Community in the 21st Century. Check the calendar listing for details and the link to register...please consider being there! Our conversation starters will be Peter Block, our own Nancy White, and Sarah Whiteley and Maria Scordialos from Axladitsa in Greece.
Upcoming sessions will be on topics like Economics for the 21st Century, Food Production in the 21st Century, Art in the 21st Century, etc. and I know there are many among us who would be willing to step into leadership roles and be conversation starters and active participants in the events that speak to your particular interests.
I've just started a group here to drive interest from the public conversations back into our community, and it would be great if those of you who are "old hands" would help create the hospitable space for inquiry there. Hopefully we will be getting a lot of new people engaged through the series. It already promises to be very well attended.
Besides being a great opportunity for civic engagement, this series will also launch the new World Cafe Online Services provided by weDialogue and benefit the World Cafe Community Foundation through participant donations.
I'm excited by the possibilities and hope you will be there to play with us - either at this one or an upcoming event.
Kindest regards to you and your family, Amy.
My sincere apologies to those of you who were registered for January's online Community Cafe which had to be canceled because of my sister's unexpected death.
About a dozen people who hadn't heard about the cancellation showed up anyway and we had a lively conversation with perspectives from the US, England and Belgium.
The February Cafe is now scheduled for Feb 3rd, with more details on the calendar listing (including the registration link - don't forget you have to register to get your call in numbers).
I hope that those of you who are here in this group because you're interested in how we bring the elements and practices of face to face World Cafe hosting into the online environment will make a special effort to be there.
As always, your ideas re topic and questions for the community Cafe are very welcome. Please post them in the Inquiry Circle group.
Welcome Kazuaki! Welcome Debbie! Welcome Mario!
I'd love to hear what you would like to see happening here in this group...
As we continue to offer online Community Cafes, and are gearing up to offer a series of online public conversations in 2011, I'd like to ask everyone that question again - how do you want to participate? What draws you to this group? What would you most like to receive from your presence here?
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