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World cafe on Quality and leadership?

Started this conversation. Last reply by Ria Baeck Jul 2, 2010. 1 Reply


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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?
not new just updated may place of residence.
What field is the primary focus of your World Café work (ONLY CHECK AREAS WHERE YOU ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY USING WORLD CAFE PLEASE)?
Online, n/a
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
I work with individuals with disabilties, their families, support agencies and funding sources. i have introduced the cafe into local and statewide gatherings that focus on the these issues. currently, just experimented with a local teen center. i am at the beginning stages of understanding the full potential of the cafe process.
What would you most like to receive from this community?
just knowing that there are people intrested in supporting each other and sharing the learning.

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At 11:46am on August 26, 2009, Marxe Urteaga said…
Happy Birthday! I hope you have an amazing day!
At 9:12am on August 26, 2009, Barbara Shipka said…
Happy Birthday!
At 2:17am on August 3, 2009, dee gray said…
Hi Jo,
check out Kurt Lewin, he is the founder of Action Research. He kicked off in America in the 1940's using the model he developed to enable the empowerment of communities (that were work and none work situated). His work has been built on since by Chris Argyris and Donald Shon who developed Action Science, their work is organisation based but still features empowering those within organisations to bring about change. Also check out Eric Trist who worked with Lewin but in the UK who developed models of working with disempowered work groups (coal mining) and developed action learning. the models are all similar, they look simple but they are all about change which of course is not simple at all. The focus is on experiential learning, or 'action' and the test is whether the theories we develop will actually work in practice, those closest to the 'problems' have the answers.
At 12:41am on July 31, 2009, dee gray said…
Hi Joe,
sounds like you are involved in some emancipatory work, do you use action research?
At 2:47pm on July 30, 2009, Amy Lenzo said…
Joe, You are SO WELCOME! Your areas of focus sounds so rich and meaningful. I can't wait to see your stories and blog posts and photos and contributions to the conversation here.

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