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Permaculture, Transition Towns, Sustainability, Regenerative Design, Nature Connection and The World Cafe


Permaculture, Transition Towns, Sustainability, Regenerative Design, Nature Connection and The World Cafe

How is/might The World Cafe be employed in the global Permaculture, Transition Towns, Sustainability, Ecovillage, Nature Connection and Regenerative Design movements? Share your stories, inspirations, news, questions and more!

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Transition Towns

Started by Yvonne Court. Last reply by Graeme Stuart Nov 3, 2013. 4 Replies

Hi. I think the World Cafe could be useful to share ways communities are "transitioning". Our village of Sooke has just become a Transition Town and we are looking for ideas for projects that will…Continue

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Comment by Amy Lenzo on October 5, 2018 at 11:04am

:-) I was just welcoming a new member here, and pointed them to this group given the overlap of their interests... in the process of doing so, I just wanted to say how wildly inventive (and LONG) the name of this group is! :-) Love the connections in it!

Comment by Dave Shaw on November 5, 2013 at 12:02am

Hi Lorraine, Graeme and Robb,

So great to see this activity here!!! This group has not been very active since I created it, however I have a sense that it is about to be bursting with activity.

I've been hosting a number of Cafes in the permaculture design courses I teach in California, as well as at the national Bioneers Conference. Photos from some of our cafes are online at and you can also read about our weekly World Cafe events at UC Santa Cruz online at I am so excited to learn with and from you all in this group - looking forward to the future.


Comment by Lorraine Rytz-Thériault on November 4, 2013 at 1:48pm

Hello Graeme

I had an quick tour of your WC page and blogsite. Am looking forward to a more leisurly read of your interesting articles.

I am also involved with community development here in Basel, Switzerland. Am intrigued with your use of WC for research. Basel is a University town, and interest is currently building for surveys/research on the 'expat' lifestyle and perspective. I suspect I might come back to you with a question or two in due time!

Thank you for responding to my inquiry about this WCF group.

Ciao, till soon,



Comment by Robb Kushner on November 3, 2013 at 6:00pm

Hi all,

I have come up with the concept of "Climate Cafe" - to engage people in meaningful discussions around all aspects of climate disruption and our responses to it - individually and collectively.

With the shared understanding that we are going through a "Great Transition" on a global basis, I see these dialogues as a fundamental way to help people navigate their way through the mental shift that we all need to make - each in our own way.

Blessings to all.

Comment by Graeme Stuart on November 3, 2013 at 11:34am

Hi Lorraine

I don't think it is very active (there aren't many people on it) but I'm interested! We have a fairly active group in Newcastle (Australia) but don't make a great deal of use of World Cafe. We used to have a meeting once a month in a cafe just to have general conversation but it was before I new about World Cafe. If we were doing it again, I would structure it more.



Comment by Lorraine Rytz-Thériault on October 25, 2013 at 10:07am

Hello Everyone, or perhaps, Anyone?

Is this an active group?

I am very interested in the Global Ecovillage movement. Took a (too!) short course at Findhorn and planning to continue on this topic. Hmmm, am really hoping that that this group is alive but don't know this site well enough yet to be able to determin.  

Comment by Amy Lenzo on March 4, 2013 at 2:03pm

This is so cool, Dave.
When you think about it, the association between World Cafe and nature-connection is obvious and present, given that WC is designed with a "whole-systems" structure, but thank you for making the connections explicit here.

I'm very interested in exploring how World Cafe conversations might be used to increase awareness and support more nature-connected and nature-loving engagement.

And I'm also excited to meet others in the World Cafe community who share these interests and passions. Thanks again for starting the group. Do you have any particular vision or thoughts about how it might evolve?

Love to you,


Comment by Luis Fernando Gómez G. on September 3, 2011 at 7:22am

Dear Friends:

Bernardo Toro (colombiano) speaks of the new ethics represented in a new paradigm of CARE. Knowing self-care, care each other and care for the planet. Moving from the war intelligence to the solidarity intelligence of knowing asking for help and knowing how to offer it. Knowing building friendship circles to care for the near (family and friends), the distant (organizations, institutions) and the foreign (public goods).
If we care each other, grandparents, parents, children, siblings, friends, couples, besides ourselves, the world would be different, the planet would be with us with no term. The key word in these years and coming is CARE.


Luis Fernando



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