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Community Cafes at World Cafe

Following up on the three Community Cafes we hosted with World Cafe community members around the globe in September – Each of the three Cafes was a rich experience – small, intimate groups in heart-full conversation – and we learned a lot together.

The context for these Community Cafes was simple –
The online community space that we created 20 years ago that served the needs we had then very well is not necessarily able to support the needs of today in the same way.

Here is the “Harvest Report” to share the essence of what we learned and what is needed/wanted, with a graphic recording from the September 14th Cafe by Nancy White.

One of the things that came across loud and clear in these Community Cafes was a desire for more regular online World Cafes to connect and learn together.

We hosted the first one earlier this month, and the 2nd one is scheduled for November 16th at 9 – 11:30am Pacific Time / 11am – 1:30pm COT / 18:00 – 20:30 CET. These Community Cafes are free but you must register to participate.

Would you like to be part of the design and hosting team for it? Can you help to record it graphically, either manually or digitally? Part of what we are doing with these Community Cafes is giving ourselves opportunities to learn together, and well as connect with each other more regularly. So if you would like to get more involved with the World Cafe community, we invite you to join the hosting and/or harvesting team for the upcoming Community Cafe, and/or volunteer your time to support the Community development work that you asked for in the September Cafes.

Let’s make our community spaces reflect what we truly want from our interactions as an international community of practice!


Your Community Cafe hosts
Martin, Cecilia, Amy, Michaela, Ty, and Asma

Building relationships

 This inspiring anniversary message was sent to us by Brian Bacon, founder of Oxford Leadership Worldwide:
“The World Cafe philosophy and way of talking together as a community has had profound influence on organizational dynamics. It helps people have the conversations that heal and build real relationships that shape the trajectory of our civilization.”
Brian Bacon, Founder and Executive Chairman,



Thank you, Brian!

Join the international World Cafe community for online Global Impact Cafés November 17th & 18th!

Whispering the Future

augustoThe World Café keeps teaching me over the years the power of being collectively curious. It’s amazing how much a simple and straightforward invitation allows for the complexity of our worlds to emerge and meet.

When I close my eyes during a World Café, I can listen to the beauty of many voices weaving together. I always feel they are whispering the future.

Congratulations to this wonderful community for its 20 years!!

Augusto Cuginotti

(Augusto is co-hosting Impact Café Sao Paulo today with Eduardo Afonso and Cristina D’Arce – we send them & the beautiful World Café community in Brasil our very best wishes for a wonderful Café. May it whisper the future through Augusto, who will be joining us for the Online Global Impact Cafés in November.)