Archive for 20th Anniversary Messages

A Word from our Friends at SoL

logoOur friends at the Society for Organizational Learning have this to say about World Café:

The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) has used the World Café at many of our events and community gatherings, such as our Executive Champions’ Workshop (every August) and our upcoming Applied Organizational Learning Program this December. The World Café has provided us with a social technology to bring together leaders and change makers from all over the world and have them focus on questions most important to them. The deep reflections, the conversations that built on each other round after round, and the insights that people generated by tapping into their analytical as well as creative side has been an inspiring and impactful process. We know that many lasting relationships, personal transformations and shifts in our collective consciousness have resulted from using the World Café. We look forward to many great experiences to come.

Frank Schneider
SoL North America President/CEO

>> Please join them for their Applied Organizational Learning for Business Results Program with Peter Senge, in Ashland, Mass on December 7-11th!

And join all of us in the social change community – wherever you are in the world, and whatever your conversational method of choice may be – in the online Global Impact Jamboree Harvest Cafés November 17th & 18th (choose the time zone that works best for your part of the world)!

The World Café Revolution

megOur dear friend Margaret Wheatley sent the following message in honor of the World Café’s 20th Anniversary. Meg was instrumental in the birth of the World Café; we are blessed by her friendship and touched to have received this thoughtful note of wisdom & inspiration:

The World Café is a true and verifiable revolution. I was present at its birth, benefited from its growth and now delight in its strong and robust maturity.  It has revolutionized our expectations of what’s possible in a world of polarization and conflict. Before the World Café, we didn’t know we could have intimate conversations in large groups of strangers. We didn’t know that if we listen well and speak from the heart, we are no longer strangers — just humans eager to connect and make a difference. We didn’t know that it could be so simple and uncomplicated to connect at deep levels of shared meaning. We didn’t know that there were so many other people who care as much as we do.

listening tableThe World Café revolution has shown us that we can turn to one another and find the clarity, courage and conviction to step forward in service to our yearning, troubled world.

May we not be separated,

Margaret Wheatley
(The Berkana Institute)

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

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!