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Lisa Abby
  • Female
  • Swampscott, MA
  • United States
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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 started using world cafe in 2007 when I held a Celebrate the Earth conference in Sedona, AZ. I have been happily involved in this community and the Art of Hosting community since.
What field is the primary focus of your World Café work (ONLY CHECK AREAS WHERE YOU ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY USING WORLD CAFE PLEASE)?
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
I value circle practice for bringing about deep conversation and heart-felt action. I love bringing creativity into the circles as well.
What would you most like to receive from this community?
I enjoy the depth of our conversations and that is always happily provided.
Would you like to share a Web or Blog address?
What haven't we asked that you'd like to share?
My main desire is to hold circles and conversations that bring more beauty into the world. How I do that is an ever emerging process.

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At 11:34am on March 17, 2014, Ingrid Toppelberg said…

Hello Lisa!

I found this messages through Google, in the weirdest way. I emailed you but it is not working. If you are still around here, please email me to



At 8:51pm on June 27, 2010, Patricia Neal said…
lisa, great to hear from you. where do i find this post?: "I want to invite you to a gathering for innovative leaders. You would be such an asset! See my post to our group for details."
thank you for the invitation. i'll follow up when i can find the post :)
At 9:40am on September 15, 2009, Bruno MUELLER said…
I love the way you are using words Lisa.
Taking into account that every word on top of meanings is creating picture in our minds.
Thank you very much & I am looking forward to exciting times.
At 12:07am on September 14, 2009, Chris Chopyak said…
Hey Lisa - for some reason i just got this, this morning here in the UK - so sorry - I will forward your details onto Amy Lenzo -our online space guru and Ulrich Soeder - who is the over all MC for the conversation tonight! I will speak to you tonight!
thanks again - 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 12:24pm on September 11, 2009, Chris Chopyak said…
Lisa - this is perfect - I will send you the details over hte weeknd as I am in London and shutting down for the night. the most impoirtant bit though - do you have a skype name, and if so, what is it?

That way amy can add you to the list and we can be ready to go. Do you know - will Kelvy also be participating?


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