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Franis Engel
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  • Laupahoehoe, HI
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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:
If you are new to the World Cafe, would you please share how you heard about this community?
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Online, Community
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
Well, it seems this site could use more active participants. Perhaps my twenty years of experience with David Bohm style Dialogue groups and the online community?
If you'd like to see my seasonal sign art, which is related to graphic recording
What would you most like to receive from this community?
Personal contacts of others who are also interested in being part of a World Cafe located on the Big Island of Hawaii. I don't know enough people who would attend a World Cafe event yet.
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What haven't we asked that you'd like to share?
I would love to offer my experience in writing about and teaching Alexander Technique. Blog at

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Alternately: Do David Bohm style Dialogue

Posted on June 19, 2010 at 3:09am 1 Comment

Someone asked a great question here - "What would you do if not so many people showed up for a World Cafe - or they were tired?"

People who do David Bohm-style Dialogue have had very successful experiences with less than ten people. Dialogue group can accommodate up to thirty people, but any more than that gets too big and there ends up being a competition for talking time. So this is one reason why the World Cafe format works better for larger groups. Also…

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At 9:09am on April 9, 2011, Jane Hughes Gignoux said…
Since you are clearly open to receiving "messages" from the spirit world, I suspect this capacity will only expand over time. In my experience it requires a combination of sincere humility with an openness and awareness of being part of a vastly expanded consciousness that permeates everything. Good luck! 
At 1:28pm on April 8, 2011, Eric Kapono said…
Franis, What is the topic of your Cafe at Tutu's House?
At 12:40pm on April 8, 2011, Jane Hughes Gignoux said…

That's quite a story, Ocean O! It sounds as though you're a practiced lucid dreamer. Have you shared it with people who spend time studying dreams? Or is it a story that you made up from your imagination? Either way, it's got a lot of wisdom embedded in the narrative.

My storytelling started almost 20 years ago when I began collecting folktales from around the world and throughout time about life, death and beyond. In 1998 I published a book: Some Folk Say: Stories of Life, Death, and Beyond. I wrote the Introduction and commentry for each story and since then have been giving workshops and courses using the stories as a way to open people's imaginary realms and allow them to explore new territory, especially regarding their relationship to death--and therefore life. My latest workshop is "EXIT Plan: for people who love Life" You can find out more on my website, My point is everything is a story--our interpretation of what has happened or may happen. We can change the story and thus change our lives.

At 7:35am on April 8, 2011, Jane Hughes Gignoux said…


Franis: I do remember making some crack about the consequenses of holding a World Cafe session on April Fool's Day. Since everything is connected to everything, why shouldn't that include a man-made construct such as Maestro Conference? It's all part of the energetic web of life, no? Our expectations create our experience and the culture expects to be tricked on April 1 so Maestro stepped in to fulfill that expectation. That's my story, anyway. I'm a storyteller, so what can you expect?

At 8:53am on January 15, 2011, M Kalani Souza said…

sorry to be gone so long, other matters globally.  Back home for a few months and I will contact through web aroound hosting cafe conversations. Aloha mai.


At 12:09pm on August 29, 2010, Benjamin Aaron Degenhart said…
Hi Franis, great, i appreciate your recent activity on the site :) it is motivating to see engagement...
At 5:34pm on July 4, 2010, sandra del soldato said…
Hi Franis, nice you liked my photo. I love cats...
I'm new at World Cafe and saw you comments on David Bohm. I understand that, for him, we have to put off judging and I've already participate of some workshops following his methodology. I'd like to understand what happens with judging in world cafe. Thanks!

Thank your very much,
At 7:34pm on June 24, 2010, Simon d'Orsogna said…
Hi Franis, thanks for your posts here. I like the sound of the Bohm Dialogue, tho I have not been in a 'Bohm Dialogue' I have sat in circle (peerspirit) and am keen on what some Quakers call 'sense of the meeting', rather different to consensus.
Also, I met the Alexander Technique but through 'Focusing' a body-centred mindfulness - theres a couple of clips about 'wholebody focusing' at - hope you might find these of interest! - Simon
At 11:57am on June 8, 2010, Benjamin Aaron Degenhart said…
hah, sounds great Franis, have fun :)
At 1:03am on June 7, 2010, Eric Kapono said…
Aloha Francis,
Great to see another on the Island of Hawaii doing this work. Also good to know about your background in graphic recording. Hopefully we'll have an opportunity to meet sometime.

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