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At 3:07pm on March 28, 2011, Susan Debra Hall-West said…



I just now saw a note you left for me a year ago... clearly, I am not up to speed on how this procedure works!  Yes, it would be fun to talk some time and share experiences re: the homeless.  I have not worked with 'hard core on the street' homeless, but rather those who are falling between the cracks and losing shelter because of lost wages, traumatic loss of a home, etc.  Be happy to share what I know...


All best,


At 7:38am 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 6:52am on May 17, 2010, Mark Grudzinski said…
I'd love to catch up when you're passing through. I'm in Jakarta a lot on business these days - but my home is still Singapore.
Send me a message to when you're planning to head this way.
At 5:57am on April 19, 2010, Susan Debra Hall-West said…
Hi, Dave! Not familiar with 'Idea Camps' -- interested, however. No need to worry about asking the 'wrong' questions. Remember that you are not in this process alone -- the collective want to get to the quintessential question(s). It is a process, which will evolve... I would be happy to talk with you about our experience here in 'Big D' with homelessness. We moved a home down Main Street... neat story, and I did a lot to refurbish and to find the families... More later... Oh -- I will be out of town all of next week (leaving this Saturday), so you may not hear from me for awhile after Saturday. (will take computer and see if I can figure the out-of-town thing out so I can communicate!)
All best, Susan
At 10:54pm on April 12, 2010, Susan Debra Hall-West said…
Hi, Dave. I think the World Cafe model is an exceptional model for getting to the heart of an issue and radiating effective plans outwardly from there. I particularly value the notion of asking the most imminently important question... We find we have more wisdom than we know when we learn to ask the 'right' questions... and as Rilke said, ' day learn to live the answers.'

I found more information on you by happy accident (I am such a beginner at this!). So you are in Westminister, probably hit Rt. 124 on your way to Shady Grove... I would be interested in talking to you sometime about your work in Baltimore. I worked on a project for the homeless here in Damascus for several years. Story too long for this page, but one day would be nice to share... you will like it.

Be well -- in the light,
At 7:36pm on March 31, 2010, Susan Debra Hall-West said…
And it's back to you, Dave! No, I have not yet participated in an 'up close and personal' World Cafe. I am very interested in doing so... I attended a Meg Wheatley seminar in Cape Cod in the summer of '06, actually picked up the World Cafe book, and then this winter began looking into it in earnest on behalf of a DC group. Please tell me more about the events you might host in 2010, and where your church is located. I live in Damascus (What? You say you have never heard of it?. Yup, mostly we chew on long strands of raw wheat and bat flies in the summer, so a change might be nice...). :)

All best,
At 9:11pm on March 30, 2010, Susan Debra Hall-West said…
Hi, Dave! What a pleasant surprise, hearing from you! I did not realize that there are so many members in the DC-Baltimore area -- thank you for informing me. Does this group meet in person or has it been online communication only? I think I need to have some deep and probing discussions with like-minded folk before too long... I grow impatient with the day-to-day... :)

All best,
At 11:43pm on March 25, 2010, Susan Debra Hall-West said…
Hello, Dave. I thank you for contacting me and look forward to learning about your interest in the World Cafe. I am 'new' and not quite sure how the on-line experience works, but am interested in connecting with kindred spirits/world cafe friends. I want to engage in conversations that utilize connection and the unique gifts of the planet and her people to resolve conflicts peacefully -- whether 1:1, locally, nationally, or internationally. Hope to hear from you...
Susan Hall-West
At 9:37am on March 6, 2010, Janet Trump said…
I have some experience with doing World Cafe with non-profits and am very interested in exploring it as a vehicle for faith communities. This interest has grown stronger as a result of "Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening." I live about 45 minutes north of Westminster. To reach me directly, email is or by phone 717-528-4049.
At 7:05am on March 5, 2010, Jim said…
Hi Dave .... I would love to hear about what you are doing and to see how we may work together.
At 3:52am on March 5, 2010, Doug Oloughlin said…
well, i guess it's not that small a town. i don't think eric and i have met yet.
enjoy the day ahead, doug
At 3:44am on March 5, 2010, Doug Oloughlin said…
hi dave! well, as you know, singapore is a very small town, and noel and i have connected a few you also know, he is a wonderful being. i think he is also quite familiar with the word cafe. him and i will be meeting next week, as part of a small group of "od" practitioners looking at research projects, so i will check with him and pass on this piece of small world news.
greetings from a starbucks in the west of singapore, doug
At 12:28am on March 5, 2010, Doug Oloughlin said…
Hi Dave,

Thanks for the connection, and welcome to the community. Yes, let me know the next time you are heading this way. We can host a cafe or sit in one, whatever works best.
i/enJOY, Doug
At 6:57pm on March 4, 2010, Amy Lenzo said…
Welcome Dave! And thanks for reaching out.

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to have a conversation - and in response to your interest in learning to host a World Cafe, there are some wonderful hosting guides and other support materials here and on the World Cafe website.

It would be great if you introduced yourself in the community Introductions. You sound like a thoughtful and interesting person, and I look forward to getting to know you!




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