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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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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 8:01pm on November 12, 2017, Tom Drummond said…

Well, it seems to be an important time, 2018, at an important place, Seattle, for conversations across Washington State that can reshape our country. We want to do that through our dreams for our children and everyone's children by placing early childhood education as a crisis among the many crises our society and planet face. We think that by approaching transformation through systems thinking we can find support in Seattle, because this is a unique opportunity.

We are calling upon people to approach today's crises from three points of view. One: climate change and democratic energy. I call this point of the triangle The Emergency! Two: cultural distortions, such as white supremacy, violence, and structural neoliberalism that has worked hard to silence love and community. I think this point as The Cultivated Poison.

Three transforming our culture toward the democratic processes we all want through conversations that energize the commonality of our human connection—what we can dream for our children and grandchildren. I think of this point as Children are the Light.

So besides bringing The Wonder of Children exhibit to Seattle and holding activities and conferences for early childhood educators, we want to offer a speaker series we are calling Children in the World. Emergency Action Now: Inviting people like Naomi Klein or KC Golden; Cultivated Poisons: Recreate the Revolutionary Love Conference with the same kind of mix:

Children are the Light: Michelle Obama could make the rest easy. We need a few important people to agree to step into this, and we think others will come because this is Seattle.

The heart of the work is Imagining Utopias for Children. With broad interest and financial support, we strive to conduct discussions in communities normally not heard from across the state. Imagining Utopias for Children is our effort to sponsor World Café or Community Café sessions in the black community, in the Indian Tribes, Asian communities, African communities, and across the state among people in the wheat and apple heartland, in our forest towns, and in our ports and offices, led by young people in those communities. Our intent is to listen, not proselytize. We want to hear what people in our most varied communities desire for their young children in order to create a new story, a story built from their voices, brought forward from widely different life experiences, and sharing our universal aspirations for children. The challenge to imagine utopias for young children can bring people of disparate views to talk together like no other activity could. We hope to hire a film crew to document those conversations, first as provocations for subsequent café sessions and later as a product to stand with other groups work on climate and social justice.

This early childhood work is positive and essential to creating the kind of society that can reinvent itself, restore and reconcile, and hopefully survive.

We need the involvement and wisdom of many to step into this and discover how to make it happen together.

At 2:11pm on October 17, 2017, Howard Pepper said…

Thanks, Amy. I'm just now beginning to explore the site here and get familiar with World Cafe and its functions. So glad to become connected here. You and others will discover I'm a big believer in the power of new alliances, cooperative efforts, etc., building on dialog where that is needed.

At 7:18am on October 13, 2017, Marilyn Miles said…

Thank you, Amy for your warm welcome. I will now venture out on a Discovery Visit of the venue. If I encounter a glitch somewhere along the way, I "Woo Hoo" for help and when I am more familiar with World Cafe', I'll better be able to answer the questions above.

Thank you, again,


At 1:22pm on October 12, 2017, Mark Dyble said…

Thanks Amy!

At 6:29am on August 30, 2017, Claudia Meyer-Scott said…

Thanks Amy - checking out all the links at the moment and will be sure to make use of this community - either to get more tips or to share any what went well's even better if's. 

At 9:25pm on August 8, 2017, Angela Sherman said…

Nice to be part of the community, Amy!

At 2:34am on July 22, 2017, Yolanda V. Bayugo said…
Thanks Amy,
I normally host world café amongst technical people. Next week there will be a big meeting where they will discuss about financing for health. It will be participated by banks and parliamentarians and technical people. So I am a bit nervous how it will work out. There are at least some colleagues familiar with the methodology but I am still nervous because of the diverse participants and big number also around 100.
At 6:09pm on June 30, 2017, Oswaldo Toscano said…

Thanks Amy!! 

At 5:03pm on June 29, 2017, Teri Johnson said…

Hi Amy, I am excited to get to know you and this community and learn more about World Cafe!

At 10:36pm on May 10, 2017, Anne-Claude Lambelet said…

Hi Amy, sorry I had to step out but really appreciated the talk. Our Association is finalizing the theme of our 2018 congress and it was interesting to see how the themes that came out in yesterday's world café and the theme we are working on are aligned. Can you confirm the title and author of the poem that was shared at the start of the session. It was absolutely beautiful! Many thanks for all the work. If at some stage you are interested in doing something tied to intercultural dialogue or seeing migrations as a chance for society, I'd be happy to help. Bye for now and thanks for the opportunity to have more connections!

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

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Here are some wonderful images of the World Cafe's new logo designer, Gabriel Kurauchi, being honored at the Sao Paulo gathering (where he was gratefully presented with a set of coffee cups with the new logo printed on them). The photos were taken by event co-organizer Marcela (Marxe) Urteaga.



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