Thanks for the welcoming questions. After signing up I spent the summer without a computer. You can imagine the backlog I had upon firing up a new system.
I attended a Systems Thinking conference about 10 years ago in San Diego and participated in a cafe. I was hooked from the beginning on both the simplicity of a guided discussion/dialogue and the depth of what happened at our table. Since then I have used World Cafe type conversations in a variety of venues including First Nations in Canada and NGOs.
David, thanks so much for your welcoming message. I will indeed check out the person you referred me to. It is great to see so many names on this site--people I've known of, read their work, etc., but not had personal connection with.
Thanks much my friend. Our dinner seems so long ago. Looking forward to seeing you in November at STIA. I want to explore how we share learning across our various commuinities, including the many sites I am connected to on Ning. A wonderful proliferation -- and a bit daunting for someone like me who is part of many communities!
Thank you so much for your warm welcome! I was indeed completely enthralled and excited when reading the book co-authored by Juanita Brown and yourself, exactly a year ago. I learned so much, it was a series of AHA moments and ultimately, I just simply felt I had reached home. This was it. I just had to do TWC ! I love the depth and the lightness of the process. It actually makes people better through the experience of authentic exchanges. When I asked, I easily received help and advice from several TWC facilitators to help me run my first event. Which just goes to show the beautiful mindset that the people in the community have. I hope to facilitate many many many world cafés until I'm an old lady and as long as I can still stand !
Hola David. Thank you. I am not realy a newcomber to the World Café and certainly remember with loving feelings my first encounters with you and Juanita many years ago. I have just seen Juanita in México and ask her about you. I did not have the oportunity to see you in Tlayacapan last year but since then I have reconnected with Juanita and your high spirit.
Maria de los Angeles invited me to join again and Carlos Mota has also been very helpful in urging me to be online. With your immediate and warm welcome, I already feel that I have arrived home!!
Hi David! Thanks for the welcome -What a nice surprise this fine Friday morning! - hoping you and Juanita are faring well? Did u hear IFVP is celebrating their 15th anniversary next summer in the San Francisco area? Any chance we might get to see you there?
Thank you, David! It feels warm and familiar to connect with you here. I feel the energies of all the TWC friends as a very strong, bright energy in the world and I feel blessed to be part of it! Love ......... Sabine
Hello David! Thank you so much for all that you and Juanita have offered the world. Incorporating The World Cafe into my work is a wonderful journey. Juanita mentioned that you might have space in your schedule to connect while here in Vancouver, BC this September. If you're able to find the time, I would be thrilled to meet you!
Hi David. Thanks for the note. I remember when we first met, in Dearborn, and you offered me a glass of red wine. That was shortly before I experienced my first World Cafe, which you hosted. Many adventures since then. Sending love, Susan
Yes, David- I am still based in Atlanta. just finished helping to host and call an Art of Hosting in Gold Lake CO with Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea and folks from Berkana: Teresa and Tenneson. I've been leading a number of World Cafes for FPA. I've been off the board now since 2006 and on to new territories, especially wanting to play more in the hosting conversations world.
Always will appreciate your gifts shared with FPA.
Thank you for welcoming me. It always makes you feel well, when you have the impression people care about you. Will I see you in Austria in october at the European salon? I'm stil very old fashioned and prefer to meet people face to face, because face to face we can touch each other better.
Thanks David. I will even get to complete my profile when things settle a bit. I do hope that you and Juanita are well and happy and enjoying life to the utmost. Was hoping to be over there now but it just hasn't worked out that way. It will happen though. Big hugs! Jenni
David, dear....thanks for your patience & persistence in overcoming my computer's gliches to get me registered as a friend among so many illustrious and interesting people!......Your "mother-in-love"....Millie