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World Cafe Community Foundation Stewardship Council

board_pics_eduardoEduardo Afonso
Eduardo is Partner Director of Atma Genus Consulting, a unique company that integrates focus on leadership and management skills as well as human development. He has extensive experience on designing and facilitating large interventions, group and individual coaching for TOP 500 companies and executives in Brazil, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa.

board_pics_paulPaul Borawski, Treasurer & Chair
Paul is the recently-retired CEO Of ASQ, the largest and most respected organization of its kind. After 24 years of promoting the importance and value of quality, he was named “one of the most influential people in the field of quality” by Quality Digest magazine in 2005. A speaker and author, Paul helps leaders to understand a modern context for quality and the identification of those important next steps.

Lina-Cramer2Lina Cramer
Co-founder of Wisdom Exchange, Lina was instrumental in the initiation, development and proliferation of Parent Cafes. One of the strong bridges between the World Cafe and Art of Hosting communities, Lina’s work is in creating environments and processes that engage all stakeholders in meaningful conversations to heal and strengthen community.

acuginottiAugusto Cuginotti
Augusto believes conversation is the work and contributes by preparing and hosting spaces for groups to create meaning together. He engages in conversation with organisations and communities as a Partner at CoCriar and within other communities of practice around the world. He practices aikido and lives with his family in Brazil.

board_pics_boBo Gyllenpalm
Bo Gyllenpalm is CEO of Swedish development and consulting company Sitserv. A faculty member at Fielding Graduate University, Bo also serves on their Board of Trustees and was part of Juanita Brown’s Ph.D. dissertation committee. He is a member of the IFF and a former CEO of Philips and Siemens subsidiaries.

Tadashi Hirai
Tadashi Hirai A.K.A. “Latino” is a professional facilitator based in Okinawa, Japan with experience in community development, tourism, & education. As Chairperson of Facilitators Association of Japan (2014 to present), he promotes facilitation nationwide. Tadashi is also a Certified Professional Facilitator of the IAF.

board_pics_amyAmy Lenzo, Secretary
Founder (and co-founder) of online hosting services weDialogue, & Beehive Productions, Amy Lenzo’s work serves the central garden of participatory practice. She is Director of  The World Cafe’s Signature Learning Programs and Adjunct Faculty at Fielding Graduate University. She blogs at

David-ShawDavid Shaw
David is a Permaculture and whole systems designer, facilitator, and educator. He co-founded the Common Ground Center at UC Santa Cruz, an inter-generational partnership focused on education for a just and sustainable world, seeking to support communities locally and globally to transform their shared future through dialogue and collective action.

SabineSabine Soeder
Sabine connects collaboration and leadership with visuals and creativity for sustainable results. As founder of CoCreativeFlow, she facilitates and co-creates processes with clients from all over Europe – always with visuals. Sabine is another strong bridge between the World Café and the Art of Hosting and Harvesting communities.




board_pics_juanitaJuanita Brown, Ph.D.
Co-founder of the World Café & co-author of the award-winning World Café book, Juanita is a thinking partner for senior leaders across sectors in creating innovative forums for strategic dialogue on critical business and societal issues. She was also a senior affiliate with the MIT Center for Organizational Learning. Juanita & her husband David Isaacs (below) are currently collaborating in stewarding a living place of meeting & learning in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

board_pics_anneAnne W Dosher, Ph.D.
Anne has served as guide, mentor, board member and Elder with the World Café since its discovery. A social practitioner and academic, she served as one of the founders of the National Network of Youth Services, received leadership awards with the California School of Professional Psychology, and the California Woman in Government Award for her public service.

board_pics_davidDavid Isaacs
Co-founder of the World Café, David works with clients and colleagues in consciously designing, convening, & hosting powerful conversations around their most important questions. He has been a collaborator and coach with innovative learning programs in the University of Texas Business School Executive MBA program, CIIS, and KaosPilots University.