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World Cafe Online

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.

Location: cyberspace
Members: 110
Latest Activity: Oct 15, 2014


World Cafe in Second Life

Started by Amy Lenzo. Last reply by Dave Furze Aug 25, 2011. 13 Replies

World Cafe online Community Cafes

Started by Amy Lenzo. Last reply by Edna Pasher Feb 6, 2011. 2 Replies

World Cafe With a Wiki

Started by RJ Johnson. Last reply by Ben Roberts Oct 23, 2010. 4 Replies

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Comment by Amy Lenzo on August 22, 2013 at 11:52am

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!

Comment by Amy Lenzo on August 24, 2011 at 9:44am

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? :-)

Comment by Amy Lenzo on March 28, 2011 at 4:02pm

Hi all!

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.

Comment by Kathleen Quinn on January 11, 2011 at 7:44pm

Kindest regards to you and your family, Amy.


Comment by Edna Pasher on January 11, 2011 at 7:37pm
Dear Amy,
I am terribly sorry about this sad news.
Sending my condolences to you and your family.
Comment by Amy Lenzo on January 11, 2011 at 4:09pm

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.



Comment by Amy Lenzo on December 20, 2010 at 4:29pm

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?

Comment by Benjamin Aaron Degenhart on December 6, 2010 at 2:56am
Hey there, i am looking forward to our Community Cafe together :)
i set up a thread now called "January 2011 Community Cafe" in the Inquiry Circle group to shape the topic further, so that its most relevant and inviting for us all. please add your thoughts...
Comment by Amy Lenzo on December 4, 2010 at 2:53pm
Welcome Kathleen and Laura! And hi all!

We have scheduled another World Cafe Online Community Cafe, hosted by myself and fellow online community steward Benjamin Degenhart, for January 7th. We'd love to have you join us!

For more information and the link to register, see the calendar listing here.

Our Cafe topic is going to be Vision. We'll be focusing on the nexus between personal and collective vision. Our starting point is questions like "How does your vision for yourself connect to your vision for your community, or for the world?" "How does individual vision connect to/inform/interact with collective vision?"

We'll be refining these questions and you are invited to share your own thoughts & wishes for what you'd like to talk about in the Inquiry Circle.

If you have not yet experienced a World Cafe, we especially welcome you and invite you to take this opportunity to explore together. If you are already familiar with World Cafe and curious about how we bring the intimacy and engagement of a face to face World Cafe into an online medium, this is an opportunity for that too.
Comment by Amy Lenzo on December 4, 2010 at 2:41pm
Thanks for the explanation of what sounds like a great experience, Wilfried. I've experienced some online events like this myself and enjoyed them very much.

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