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"Deconstructed" Virtual World Cafe on Thriving Resilient Communities

Started this conversation. Last reply by Amy Lenzo Apr 27, 2014. 3 Replies

I have been experimenting over the past six months or so with a "deconstructed" form of virtual World Cafe, in which the rounds take place over a series of separate MaestroConference calls tied…Continue

Join a "deconstructed World Cafe" experiment!

Started Oct 7, 2013 0 Replies

It was suggested that I cross-post this here to get a few more eyeballs...I am fascinated…Continue

World Café and the Coffee Party Movement, Part 4

Started this conversation. Last reply by Ben Roberts Oct 5, 2010. 2 Replies

The Coffee Party Movement, which came into being via Facebook at the beginning of this year, held a national convention in Louisville, KY, from September 24-26. The convention offered a mix of…Continue

 

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Invitation to a global "Consciousness Deep Dive"--a distributed World Cafe throughout June 2019

You are invited to participate in a Consciousness Deep Dive taking place during the month of June in a variety of in-person and virtual venues, to practice and learn more about the art of being fully human in a time of global crisis.This Deep Dive is essentially a World Cafe that is being…See More
Jun 7
Amy Lenzo replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"Deconstructed" Virtual World Cafe on Thriving Resilient Communities'
"I love your creativity and drive, Ben! Thanks for sharing your results and process here with everyone."
Apr 27, 2014
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"Deconstructed" Virtual World Cafe on Thriving Resilient Communities'
"You're welcome, Amanda! I imagine there is much more one could do with the "inspiration" piece. Funky music was what was called to me this time, to create a sense of forward-driving energy. and I can also imagine using poetry, or…"
Apr 27, 2014
Amanda Fenton replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"Deconstructed" Virtual World Cafe on Thriving Resilient Communities'
"Thanks for sharing this Ben! Appreciate the experimentation of the cafe experience both online and over a distributed period of time. And love the "inspiration hackpad" concept! Amanda"
Apr 26, 2014
Ben Roberts posted a discussion

"Deconstructed" Virtual World Cafe on Thriving Resilient Communities

I have been experimenting over the past six months or so with a "deconstructed" form of virtual World Cafe, in which the rounds take place over a series of separate MaestroConference calls tied together by the use of the online platform "hackpad, which provides a "home base."The latest iteration of this process included four live ninety-minute conversations from April 7-April 17, plus an additional period for some final posting online and a harvest/report that was completed on 4/24. …See More
Apr 25, 2014
Amy Lenzo commented on Ben Roberts's event 'Poverty & Wealth in America virtual and in-person dialogue'
"A pleasure, my friend. :-)"
Oct 15, 2013
Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event 'Poverty & Wealth in America virtual and in-person dialogue'
"Yes--personal outreach is clearly key. Thanks for the extra promo boost!"
Oct 15, 2013
Amy Lenzo commented on Ben Roberts's event 'Poverty & Wealth in America virtual and in-person dialogue'
"It sounds fascinating to me! I've just put it up on the front page of the weDialogue site as well. I think the interest is there, but you may need to do more personal reaching out to make sure people know about it."
Oct 14, 2013
Ben Roberts commented on Ben Roberts's event 'Poverty & Wealth in America virtual and in-person dialogue'
"It always surprises me when invitations for virtual WCs go out to this community and get limited response. I would have thought that the connection between race, poverty and wealth would spark some interest, as would an experiment in the notion of…"
Oct 8, 2013
Ben Roberts posted a discussion

Join a "deconstructed World Cafe" experiment!

It was suggested that I cross-post this here to get a few more eyeballs...I am fascinated by and passionate about the idea of playing with our ability to "stretch and collapse time and space" using virtual tools, and with what this might imply about ways to innovate dialogic process.In virtual realms, time can be stretched, as many people participate in a conversation by posting at widely…See More
Oct 7, 2013
Ben Roberts posted an event
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Poverty & Wealth in America virtual and in-person dialogue at Online and wherever you are

October 6, 2013 to October 31, 2013
You are invited to join the national conversation “experiment” on Poverty and Wealth in America, now underway… Through the end of October, the Conversation Collaborative is hosting a “deconstructed World Café” on the theme of “Poverty and Wealth in America,” in partnership with the National Dialogue Network. A focus on the connection between race, poverty and wealth has emerged out of Round One, which has already taken place. Round Two…See More
Oct 6, 2013
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"The Mycelial Cafe"--a virtual and/or hybrid re-imagination of the WC form' in the group World Cafe Online
"I'm now trying out a single question (Amy's above) plus this additional request:"
Sep 8, 2013
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"The Mycelial Cafe"--a virtual and/or hybrid re-imagination of the WC form' in the group World Cafe Online
"How about "Poverty and Wealth in America: an experiment in dialogue?""
Sep 7, 2013
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"The Mycelial Cafe"--a virtual and/or hybrid re-imagination of the WC form' in the group World Cafe Online
"Question 3: on the Hackpad I also asked the following: Who would you most like to have this conversation with?  My thinking was that, in this first "framing phase" of the dialogue, it would be valuable to get people thinking…"
Sep 7, 2013
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"The Mycelial Cafe"--a virtual and/or hybrid re-imagination of the WC form' in the group World Cafe Online
"Question 2: per Amy's point about simplicity and clarity of question framing resulting in better dialogue, I wonder if anyone can help with this one... For the first Hackpad-based small group conversation that I created based on…"
Sep 7, 2013
Ben Roberts replied to Ben Roberts's discussion '"The Mycelial Cafe"--a virtual and/or hybrid re-imagination of the WC form' in the group World Cafe Online
"Question 1: Is "mycelial cafe" too strange and erudite a name touse as the public face for this conversation? I'm thinking I should simply call this "a national conversation on Poverty and Wealth in America," as billed in…"
Sep 7, 2013

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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?
I participated in a cafe at the "SRI in the Rockies" conference in 2008. And my mom's a friend of Tom Atlee's.
What field is the primary focus of your World Café work (ONLY CHECK AREAS WHERE YOU ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY USING WORLD CAFE PLEASE)?
Online, Government, Community
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
I am a partner is weDialogue, provider of online services for The World Cafe Community Foundation and host of the world cafe series "Conversations for the 21st Century."
What would you most like to receive from this community?
I often find useful process-related suggestions here. I also have made some great connections. And I think there is fertile ground within this platform for experimenting with some new processes (see my "What could we do..." post in the "Caring for this Online Community" group in February 2011).
Would you like to share a Web or Blog address?
http://www.weDialogue.com

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At 10:27am on July 4, 2013, Robb Kushner said…

Hi Ben -- Amy Lenzo suggested I get in touch with you. Would love to connect.

Sending greetings from Jersey City!Robb

At 2:59pm on March 11, 2010, Benjamin Aaron Degenhart said…
Hi Benjamin, nice name you have there ;) to get you started here - feel invited to introduce yourself here and you may wanna check our new global map for a neat visual overview of where people are from. If you want to check out mates in you area (geographically or focus-wise) try the search-function.
I would be interested in hearing more about the Coffee Party movement and what kind of transfer you wish to facilitate in it. I am sure if you ask the right questions or start a good discussion you can harvest good juice from this community! Great to hear about your connection to Tom through your mom! Tom is soon live on the Evolutionary Spirituality live talks.
Like your angle of "Bringing social and environmental awareness to financial decision-making" - sounds like the toughest gap possible to bridge! my blessings on your journey....
cheers,
Benjamin
At 2:20pm on March 11, 2010, Amy Lenzo said…
Sorry for the delay in getting you approved, Benjamin. Welcome!
 
 
 

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