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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
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Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2016


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 February 26, 2015 at 5:24pm

I forgot to mention that registration closes on Tuesday! :-)

Comment by Amy Lenzo on February 26, 2015 at 5:23pm

Hi everyone -

I just realized you may not know about a training I'm offering that is custom-made for people in this group. It's called Hosting in the Digital Realm - four two-hour sessions about "how to" host interactive, participatory online engagements using World Cafe as a archetypal pattern. So it's not about how to host World Cafe per se, but if you are already a World Cafe host, you'll learn how to translate what you know into the online medium.

Some of the focus of the course will be energy work - about getting your head and breath in the right place to host in an online environment; some of it will be about what connects us to each other and to our physical environments so we don't fall into the trap of abstraction and disconnection in this medium, some of it will be practical hands-on work with the best technology options for hosting World Cafe, and we'll also cover other logistical details it takes to do this kind of work.

The course is offered within an alternative economy model so there are options for any situation - so there is no reason to let money hold you back.

It would be great to see you there.

For overview information and a link to register.

For more information on the contents of each session.

Comment by Amy Lenzo on October 7, 2013 at 9:11am

This is so cool. Ben! I love what you're doing with this medium... I'll join the conversation as I can - I'm going to be traveling for a few weeks and have a lot to do before leaving - but this is clearly an important conversation.

Comment by Ben Roberts on October 6, 2013 at 11:53am

Sparked in part by the "mycelial cafe" conversation in this group, I am now in the midst of hosting a national conversation "experiment" through Oct 31st on Poverty and Wealth in America, with an emerging focus on the connection to race

It's a hybrid process combining in-person, online and live virtual venues for small group conversations and full group harvesting. 

Even though we're on Round Two already, YOU are all invited (part of the experiment is how it can work to come into this in the middle). Get started here:

Comment by Ben Roberts on September 7, 2013 at 5:35am

Just in case people missed it, there is now a discussion thread on one version of this idea of re-imagining the WC form to take advantage of the different ways that time and space can be navigated using online tools (both live and asynch).

Comment by Ria Baeck on September 2, 2013 at 1:55am

No Amy, I haven't done any kind of online interactive events. I - or better we, our little online hosting team for AoH, have learned that people still like to use email for their main sharing. Our Ning site has become more as an archive, for videos, documents and also harvests from previous (email) conversations.

Comment by Amy Lenzo on August 29, 2013 at 10:28am

Hey Ria! So SWEET to see your face and hear your voice... What kind of fun have you been up to lately? Anything in the realm of online interactive events, World Cafe or otherwise?

Comment by Tim Bonnemann on August 29, 2013 at 8:49am

@Ben Answer is yes. ;-)

Comment by Ben Roberts on August 29, 2013 at 8:45am

Indeed, Ria. Which reminds me that a few days ago Nancy said she would give me some times when she and I could talk soon, and I'm still waiting. I guess I'll just poke her again and see what happens! Meanwhile, I'm going to set up that new thread I promised to Amy. Also planning to join the NCDD hangout that starts in 15 mins.

Comment by Ria Baeck on August 29, 2013 at 8:26am

Hello all, a little note... I guess the expert on online communities is Nancy White, no?


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