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Susan Debra Hall-West
  • Damascus, MD
  • 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:
I'm New to the World Cafe
If you are new to the World Cafe, would you please share how you heard about this community?
I heard about the World Cafe from Margaret Wheatley in the summer of 2006, and I have recently been reading the book written by the co-founders. I am interested in how it works and what it does for possible replication in my area.
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 am a good listener, astute observer, and I have much life and professional experience and wisdom to contribute (including leadership/team building, healing arts), my spiritual journey has been a deep and continual one, and I do creative things -- write poetry and create art work. I am an effective writer. I am able to glean meaning from multiple ideas, and I consider myself emotionally mature. I am also trained in a certain form of conflict resolution.
What would you most like to receive from this community?
I want to be part of a community that engages in authentic discussion of "questions that matter." I want to experience (not simply "know") that my struggles and curiosities are not singular, and I want eventually to manifest as action some of what comes out of the World Cafe process. Also, I find it very meaningful to "flesh out" important questions...
What haven't we asked that you'd like to share?
I would like to know how the World Cafe has impacted forward progress towards international peace, in either singular instances or global trends. Also, has there been effective dialogue between radical groups of various sorts (political, religious, economic, etc.)? Finally, I want to know for myself that this is, indeed, a world full of wonderful, caring, insightful, intelligent, genuinely real and good people.

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At 7:46am on March 17, 2011, Adriano Pianesi said…

Hello, Adriano here from Alexandria, VA. Did you know about this event?
Leader-SHIFT: A Conversational Leadership Lab to nurture Innovation

with David Isaacs - World Cafe' co-creator - on April 7th and 8th in Arlington, VA?
I will go! I hope to meet you there! Adriano Pianesi

At 9:05am on April 14, 2010, Dave Baldwin said…
Thank you for those kind words Susan. I agree about asking the right questions. That's what scares me. What if I start a cafe with the wrong, or less than optimum question? That could doom the cafe to failure. I guess you don't know till you try though.
I would love to talk with you re: what you have done in the area of homelessness. We are just getting our feet wet in this whole thing. Are you familiar with Idea Camps? That's where we got up the nerve to step out and make a difference.
Have a great day.
At 10:22pm on March 31, 2010, Dave Baldwin said…
The book talks about organizations using the cafe for strategic planning. Thought about doing that for our ministries at LifePoint Church. Also in organizing our outreach ministries.
Yes I have heard of Damascus. I drive through Damascus on the way to the Shady Grove Metro stop. Our church is on the far north side of Reisterstown.
At 7:02am on March 31, 2010, Dave Baldwin said…
Yes, for right now I think this is only an online community. I belong to others that do have meet-ups occasionally. We should connect at some point. We are practically neighbors.
Have you been in a world cafe? I'm thinking of doing a couple this spring/summer at our church.
At 3:32am on March 26, 2010, Dave Baldwin said…
Thank you Susan for your kind words. I am excited to learn more about the world cafe experience from others in this endeavor. It's great that there are so many of us in the Baltimore/D.C. area on the site.


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