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Invitation to participate in NCDD's May 10th conference call on the Group Works card deck

I wanted to extend an invitation to all World Cafe online community members to join us on our next "confab call" for the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD).

On our May 10th confab, we'll be talking with NCDD members Tree Bressen and Sue Woehrlin about the innovative Group Works card deck and the collaboratively-developed pattern language it conveys.  The call will take place next Thursday, May 10th from 2:00 to 3:30 Eastern / 11:00 to 1:30 Pacific (register here).

Many of you know about these great new cards, but you may have been curious about how they can actually be used in practice.  We’ll be discussing a variety of uses for the cards, and we’ll also do a bit of brainstorming about how we can use the cards at the NCDD conference in Seattle this fall!

NCDD’s “Confab calls” are opportunities for members of the NCDD community to connect with each other, hear about exciting projects in our field, and explore some of our field’s most pressing challenges.

Register for May’s Confab call today, at http://ncdd.org/community/confabreg-may2012, to receive the call-in details.


We’ll save the last 15 minutes of our time on the call together to hear from NCDD members who have brief announcements to share that are of interest to their colleagues.  Let us know on the registration form what you might want to share, so we can determine who to call on at the end of the call.  Announcements are welcome about upcoming events, job or funding opportunities, facilitation gigs, new and interesting programs, and so on — but you need to be ready to share your announcement QUICKLY!

A bit more about the Group Works cards…

The Group Works deck consists of 91 full-color cards – as well as a five-panel explanatory categories card and a booklet explaining the purpose and history of the project and suggesting uses for the cards in group process work.

Each card depicts and describes a “pattern” – a factor that can help you make conversations, meetings and conferences more productive and full of life.  It also directs you to other pattern cards related to the topic featured on the card you are holding.  The patterns range from “Aesthetics of space” to “Yes, and…”  They address everything from the purpose of a meeting to the relationships among the participants, from emotion to accomplishment, from creativity and spirit to courage and learning.  See a longer intro to the cards here.

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