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Amy Lenzo
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Hello good folks! As Director of Communications at the World Cafe Community Foundation, I designed this space and am one of your hosts here.

This is a self-directing community and there are many others who are also caring for us - but if you need anything, or have any questions, if you are being disturbed by anyone here or notice something we should be aware of, please contact me. Thanks! I hope you enjoy yourself here and learn and share lots.

If you want a bit more information about my work with the World Cafe, here's a short WC bio.

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Please indicate your World Café experience (ONLY IF YOU HAVE ACTUAL WORLD CAFE EXPERIENCE) in one or more of the following roles:
Host, Participant
If you are new to the World Cafe, would you please share how you heard about this community?
What field is the primary focus of your World Café work (ONLY CHECK AREAS WHERE YOU ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY USING WORLD CAFE PLEASE)?
Online, Community
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
community building, online communications, etc.
What would you most like to receive from this community?
To stimulate ever deepening connections between the people, projects and communities of World Cafe practitioners all over the world.

To co-create a cross-sector multi-generational international community of practice in order to increase our collective knowledge and contribute to the ongoing evolution of the World Cafe.
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I'm passionate about catalyzing the awe and transformational capacity of beauty and bringing an appreciative awareness of the natural world into our conversations, online and off.

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At 7:58pm on June 23, 2016, Allan R. Rhodes Espinoza said…

Hi Amy:

My question is a bit off topic, but I wanted to ask your experience of using the platform of Ning to host this incredible community.  

In my line of work, ecotourism, we are starting a community of consultants and thought about using Ning, but I am asking some community managers about their experience because I see a lot of negative comments regarding the service and functionality of the platform.  

I would greatly appreciate your opinion and recommendations. 

Best regards, 

Allan Rhodes 


At 7:17am on June 15, 2016, Cagney Nottle said…

Wow! Thank you, Amy! I hope to have many great conversations here

At 11:51am on June 3, 2016, Ruth Richmond said…

Ah yes, AI!  Of course.  I created a whole course on Change Management using the AI principles.  I'll review the course material for some ideas.  I like the examples you provided, though.  Thanks for the quick feedback.  So glad I joined this community.

At 11:29am on June 3, 2016, Ruth Richmond said…

All great information, Amy.  I reading through some of the articles now and starting to get some ideas. 

Specific to this particular part of the curriculum, we are looking at the topic of managing a ever evolving culture in a fast paced environment and what role leadership plays in defining and sustaining the culture.

Perhaps my topics below can be turned into questions?  But definitely would like to hear your thoughts. I'll also post on the community board.

Culture Management

  • How do we define our culture and the role that leadership plays
    • What is the leader’s responsibility toward managing culture

  • How to seed good culture – how to live it day-to-day

  • How to manage culture and integrate effectively into the individual/team/ department/company levels 

  • Communication management:  How to create a culture of communication; how to deliver consistent messages; good, honest communication (constructive); communicating and giving feedback in difficult situations

  • How to foster agility - to how to be nimble and open to change; not being closed minded

At 11:11am on June 3, 2016, Ruth Richmond said…

Thank you Amy.  I am in the process of developing a Leadership Training curriculum and am considering using the World Café process as part of an activity centered around 'defining our culture and the role that leadership plays in the process.'  I am open to any types of questions that would be good to initiate the table conversations.

At 9:38pm on May 16, 2016, Martin Cooke said…

Thanks so much for the info and links! I will let you know how it goes. Best wishes, Martin

At 10:24am on May 2, 2016, Steve DeBenedet said…

Thanks Amy!

At 4:25pm on April 25, 2016, Jennifer Nanez said…

Hi Amy! Thank you for the welcome, it is much appreciated.  In response to your question, what little I know is that the World Café approach was "renamed" for use in Tribal settings as the "RezCafe".  Rez being the name most of us tribal people refer to as our reservation settings.  I'm not sure beyond that how deeply if any the key concepts were adapted, my assumption is really only in the name.  What I do know is that one of our grantees that we work with within my current employment has used the RezCafe model recently in a high school setting seeking to address suicide prevention. 

We are interested in this approach for that same target issue in assisting our tribal communities in addressing suicide prevention efforts, challenges, solutions and approaches by an attempt to host a summit utilizing the World Café format.  Any suggestions or tips would be helpful. 


Jennifer S. Nanez,  MSW, LMSW

At 2:18pm on April 17, 2016, Fabiana Liberati said…


Thank you so much for your welcome; I´m having a look at the site in order to participate in a proper way. I believe this is a good way for sharing ideas and getting involved in a community.



At 6:02pm on February 29, 2016, Patricia A. Boyd said…

Thank you Amy for the warm welcome. 

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World Cafe New Logo Designer Gabriel Kurauchi Honored at Sao Paulo Gathering

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