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The World Café is a global community of people dedicated to awakening and engaging collective intelligence through conversations about questions that matter… this is our collective blog. Your active involvement in this conversation is warmly invited. Make comments on what you like or have questions about, send us posts, links, etc. or better yet – become an active blogger and post them yourself! Contact us to set you up with an account.

Community Cafes at World Cafe

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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.
REGISTER HERE

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!

Warmly,

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

World Cafè Hosting Fundamentals – A Participant’s View

World Café Hosting Fundamentals A learning community

Participating in this course was one of the best possible investments of my time, my energy and my financial resources.  It was an immersion into the theory and practice of hosting that is very supportive for both beginning and experienced practitioners. I loved the intensity and the academic rigour of this offering. Being trained as a researcher, I am always keen to learn more about the background and history of a practice. And there were so many opportunities to learn – with and from the highly experienced teachers Amy Lenzo and Bo Gyllenpalm, and with and from my peers, who came from all over the world. The diversity of participants made it a very rich learning experience for me.

Looking at my own blind spots and receiving such kind support from the group and the teachers when I got stuck in designing a World Café process, I have never been in an online course where this mixture of being challenged and being at ease was so present.

The combination of asynchronous learning on an online learning platform with synchronous online study groups and World Café sessions – for me, this was an ideal learning space.

The generous sharing of knowledge and experience was profound.

I also loved the fact that Hosting Fundamentals alumni were invited to the online World Café. That allowed more connections and even more learning.

Whether you are just starting your journey as a host or whether you have been on this path for a while – this is a course you might want to consider. It’s only held once a year… and it is the only one taking place in cooperation with a Graduate University.

Ba & World Cafe Hosting Fundamentals

CereusIn a recent Stewardship Council meeting welcoming new members Daisuke Yamaguchi (whose company translated the first World Cafe book into Japanese – see the essay he wrote for the World Cafe’s 20th Anniversary) and Sabine Soeder (whose grace and graphic facilitation so beautifully embodies the spirit of World Cafe), we were talking about “ba”, the Japanese concept (developed beautifully by Professor Ikujiro Nonaka) of the generative relational field that supports knowledge creation.

We were talking about it as part of the “hospitable space” we as World Cafe hosts strive to create as the container for World Cafe “magic” – sometimes known as collective wisdom – to emerge.

As “ba” speaks to both physical space and the more subtle realms, truly creating hospitable space for World Cafe means not only caring for the logistics of the World Cafe process, but it also a real understanding of the design principals that give the form its depth and meaning. This deeper look is the fielding-coursefocus of the World Cafe Hosting Fundamentals course we offer each year in partnership with Fielding Graduate University, and it is what makes it so valuable to World Cafe hosts whether you are just starting out or have years of experience.

This year’s course starts September 10th. Register now & invite the “ba” of World Cafe into your own practice.