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Latin American Gathering - Sao Paulo - First Update

Dear World Cafe Community.

I will be doing a daily post with updates from our Sao Paulo gathering. Follow this space and join us through the internet and the power of our common purpose.


And the day finally came! The first Latin American World Café Gathering.

Here we are! We are in Sao Paulo, surrounded by nature, blessed by the sun and by the company, experiences and conversations of extremely inspiring people who together are trying to better understand what are the special gifts that Latin America has to offer the world?

After a morning of getting to know each other… or getting to recognize each other or finally meet each other in 3d, (as many of us already are connected to each other, through this space, through the work we do, through a common purpose) we started the afternoon with a fun and very profound space of collaboration and team understanding, not through words, but through dancing!! Edgardfrom Brasil(the guy with the amazing project OASIS) helped us connect o our bodies and to our common intention through circular dances. What fun!!!


After that, and having got rid of the after lunch sleepiness with the help of Edgard we attentively listened to the most beautiful account of how the world café came to life. Most of you have probably read it, or have some reference of how it happened, but to have the privilege of hearing it directly from David and Juanita was such a gift!

From the unplanned emergence of the methodology at a conversation about intelectual capital, through to Freires quote "we need to name our world in order to transform it" to Juanitas reassurance about the value and theoretical soundness of the World café given to her partly by some Latin Amercan Authors such as Paolo Freire and Humberto Maturana.

The tale ended in a beautiful climax with the phrase “the magic is in the centre” which was the perfect introduction to our exploration in the afternoon.

“Para ti cual es la magia que puede surgir del world café?” -- For you, what is the magic that can emerge from the World Cafe?

And with that question I leave you, but only to invite you to share your reflections in this space...

For you, What is the magic that can emerge from the world café?



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Comment by Javier Ruiz on January 27, 2011 at 6:34am

The magic is creating a new space of posibilities that born in the center of the group. The challenge is to go beyond the procedure, having the courage to formulate fertile questions, opening our minds and hearts for the magic to hapen. And then, creating deep conversations as a gate for real commitment to deploy the future possibilities.

Thanks Zulma, for your great work of creating this reports, enhancing communication in the network.

Comment by Deborah Goldblatt on January 24, 2011 at 8:18am

For me, the magic that emerges from the World Café is the inspiration, connection and support to imagine, express and innovate.  The three listening practices within the World Café of listening to, listening for and listening with spark the magic!

Thank you Zulma for the question.

Hugs to all there from me too! 

Comment by ernest godin on January 24, 2011 at 6:25am
Thanks so much to take the time to give us the opportunities to have a glimpse of it without being there.
Comment by Ria Baeck on January 22, 2011 at 10:02am
Thanks for posting, and taking the time to write! Much appreciated - and give my love to all there!
Comment by Marxe Urteaga on January 22, 2011 at 4:06am

Great description of our first day together, Zulma! It was an amazing day, full of laughs, dance and lovely people. The ideas shared yesterday still resonate in all of us. Thanks!

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