Archive for Impact

A Genesis of Hope

With deep gratitude for our community of practice, I invite you to read some lines about one of the initiatives that has emerged out of the Impact Jamboree.Open Hearts Logo

Open Hearts supports volunteers who care for refugees – offering a variety of resources, and co-creating safe spaces for bearing witness for each other.

Open Hearts sees the need for hosted conversations, bringing together volunteers, NGO’s, governments and refugees; on all levels, ranging from local to regional and national and to international.

The Impact Jamboree has allowed me to deeply experience the power and potency of hospitable space, be it online or offline.

Hospitable space is so much more than some flowers and coloured pens. It is more than a beautifully designed invitation. It is more than healthy and tasty food. Of course, all of these ingredients help a lot… but there is more.

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Personal Impact

Seth Godin, photo by Brian Bloom

Seth Godin, photo by Brian Bloom


This blog post from Seth Godin says something profound to me about impact.

It’s just the sort of inspiration I want to share with anyone thinking of hosting a Local Impact Cafe to help celebrate the World Café’s 20th Anniversary because it shows that impact begins at home, with how we see each other, and how we see ourselves:

The mirror we hold up to the person next to us is one of the most important pictures she will ever see.

Seth goes on to say:

“If we can help just one person refuse to accept false limits, we’ve made a contribution. If we can give people the education, the tools and the access they need to reach their goals, we’ve made a difference. And if we can help erase the systemic stories, traditions and policies that push entire groups of people to insist on less, we’ve changed the world.”

Thanks so much to Greg Guiliano for posting this link on our World Café group on LinkedIn.

World Café Impact – Japan-style

Thanks to Michael Shell of GLPA, I recently discovered this video of myself sharing stories of the Japanese translation of the World Café book*, and the ongoing impact of World Café within Japan. In watching it,  I was struck by how fully our Japanese friends have embraced the possibilities and potential of World Café conversation.

japanese-world-cafe-bookI’m very excited to be going to Japan (for my first time ever!) to co-host two Impact Cafés with Juanita Brown (who will be coming in by satellite) and Kazuaki Katori – one in Tokyo on October 25th, and an Asia-wide Online Impact Café on the 27th. I’ll also be co-hosting an all-day Master Class for World Café practitioners in Tokyo on October 23rd. It is a great honor to be part of these 20th anniversary celebrations in Japan. See the Impact Café Listings for more details.

  • Members of the original Japanese translation team and publishers include: Daisuke Kawaguchi, Toshimitsu Kanekiyo, Kazuaki Katori, Mikako Yusa and Riichiro Oda.