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Kelvy Bird
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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:
Visual Recorder
If you are new to the World Cafe, would you please share how you heard about this community?
Existing community person...
What field is the primary focus of your World Café work (ONLY CHECK AREAS WHERE YOU ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY USING WORLD CAFE PLEASE)?
Education, Community
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
deepen understanding of role and possibilities of the graphics
What would you most like to receive from this community?
expanding the practice
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At 4:55am on December 1, 2009, Ulrich Soeder said…
Dear Kelvy, to find out more about Wodiczko's exposition in Venice, follow this link:
Enjoy! Ulrich
At 12:09am on September 15, 2009, Sabine Soeder said…
Hey Kelvy, it was great to meet you yesterday at the online café. Can you please post your graphics here in the online community at this link? Thank you very much for your great support - in recording and talking at the same time!!! - and I'm looking forward to our next common steps! We have to organise the online part of the Salon in these days. I will let you know. Warm wishes from Dresden, Sabine
At 12:05am on September 14, 2009, Chris Chopyak said…
Hey Kelvy - If you are still interested - here are the details for the European Salon online cafe tonight!

Please let me know if you will participate and what you skype name is - please! Chris

The European Salon’s First Online World Café
Monday September 14
20:00 – 22:00 Central Europe (CEST)

To find your time zone:


Basically it is a normal World Café conversation. The tables consist of conference calls between four to five persons. We are gathering in groups of 4 or 5 and all of us are discussing the same questions. The rounds will be longer than in a live café because the communication is a little slower when we can’t see each other.

The design and the preparation of the café is very similar to a live café. We will share the purpose and the desired outcomes before the café will start.

We will change the virtual tables after each round, so you are going to meet different people of our team.

There is another important difference to a live café: because of the limitations of Skype, you will be pre-assigned to a table and invited in by the Table Host, rather than joining a table on your own. That is why we have to know in advance who will be going to participate.

We are going to have a few rounds. There might be a spoken harvest at the end, but it could be a harvest via chat as well, depending on the number of participants.

After the café, we are going to make a summary to document our conversation and to harvest the results of the conversation and make that available to others who couldn’t join us.

Starting to get connected
Gain experience with Online Cafés as a community
Initiate the inquiry on dialogue, leadership and community

20.00 – 20.15: Welcome (chat function / conference call)
20.15 – 20.45, Round 1:
What relations do you see between dialogue, leadership and community?
20.50 – 21.20, Round 2:
What would you like to see emerge in relation to the European Salon?
21.25 – 22.00, Harvesting: What have you been talking about?

The table hosts have more important roles in an online café than in a live café, in that they are setting up the conference calls at their »tables«, checking that the connections are stable, and providing the timing. They will be calling your small groups together for each of our two rounds of conversation.

For this first café, we’d like to invite people with experience with Skype to be a Table Host. If you’d like to be a Table Host., please contact Ulrich Soeder (who will be our overall Host for the World Cafe):

Here is some technical information to get started for our Online Café:

We will be calling you via Skype for the Café at or a little before the start time of 20:00 CEST. Please be ready with your equipment set up in a space where you won’t be disturbed for two hours. If you need to take a break, or handle something during the event, please mute yourself and let us know via text chat.

If you know anyone else who wants to participate, we need to know their skype name asap. Send those to

Please let us know ahead of time if you will not be participating by sending an email to

As you may have guessed, we are using SKYPE to hold this online Cafe. You will need to have a working Skype account, and your host and table host will need to add you to their contact list ahead of time, so please accept their requests.

You should use a headset and NOT the microphone that is built into your computer. This increases the sound quality of the connection very much. If you don’t have a headset yet, it costs very little – about 10 to 20 €.

If you are new to Skype, it might be a good idea to have some test calls before the Online Café will start to get familiar with the different functions of skype and your headset.

Provide yourself food and something to drink for the time of the Online Café.

We will use both the Audio and Chat functions in Skype. The Chat function is similar to the tablecloths in a live café: we can leave our thoughts and notes on them, and everyone can read them during the conversation.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask:
He might even be able to answer some of them!
At 9:46am on September 8, 2009, Sabine Soeder said…
Hey Kelvy, it's great, that you will give us support for recording the online café for the European Salon. I'm organising the recording at the online Café next Monday, the 14th of September - can we please get in contact on that topic? Warm wishes from Germany, Sabine
At 11:58am on August 24, 2009, Chris Chopyak said…
Kelvy - so cool - go to the calendar section of this network, and see the Dialogue and Leadership event - there is also a group called Dialogue and Leadership and if you could join this online group - more direction will come about when, how and what. where are you based? I have a business in Denver and am always looking for new graphic professionals to collaborate and work with! Chris
At 6:46pm on July 31, 2009, Jenny Werbeloff said…
Hi Kelvy,

so thrilled to see that you get around when not busy with SOL. I love how we are all drawn to more substrantial dialogue. Deep sharing is 'our natural place'.

Jenny Werbeloff
At 5:34pm on July 27, 2009, Amy Lenzo said…
Kelvy! Welcome to the Queen of Ning!! It's wonderful to have you here, and thank so much for being my learning partner on this journey.

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