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An Essay for the World Café 20th Anniversary

Reflecting on the origin of the World Café and inquiring into the value that we should uphold as practitioners for the promising future…
by Daisuke Kawaguchi, Chief Researcher, Human Value

peaceworldIt has been 20 years since the World Café was born into this world by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, and other practitioners. Since its birth, enormous numbers of café conversations have been conducted to shape better futures, and now the World Cafe is known as one of the greatest methodologies for generative facilitation in a variety of areas. In Japan, as well, the movement of the café conversations has been wide-spread with a large influence on our way of communication and collaboration after the book of “The World Café – Shaping the future through conversations that matter” was published in Japanese translation.

Reflecting on the very early days, a founder, Juanita Brown once said to me under the beautiful sunshine in Jonesborough, “The name ‘World Café’ came from the desire that the café conversations will be able to contribute to the World Service in the future.” I believe this desire has been half-fulfilled as we see the values and impacts that the World Café has accomplished so far.
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Creating space for deep work

This is a personal blogpost – grateful for the space we have co-created here for practitioners, sharing questions, experiences, insights.

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I am writing on Saturday morning, November 14. Shabbat.

The morning after another night of horrifying attacks. This time in Paris. Before, in Beiroet, Ankara, Copenhagen, so many places.

And there are many, many other places where family members are grieving for their loved ones: so many died on their journey to safety, children and adults, drowned, sometimes very close to the shore.

All lives matter.

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Talking it Through

photoAnneWe often refer to our beloved Anne Dosher as the “Guardian of the Soul of the World Café”.

Anne, who is now in her 90s, doesn’t travel as much as she once did and we don’t get to see her as often as we’d like these days.

But her spirit is always with us, and never more so than now when we’re about to embark on Impact Cafés all over the world to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of World Café.

Anne’s story of how she came to her life’s work, and what compels her to “talk it through” whenever there are difficulties and challenges, is one that she wrote for this blog back in 2007.

Every time I hear it, I gain new insight and awareness about the depth and power of this work we’re all engaged in. So it’s with gratitude for Anne, her guidance, and wisdom, and love, that I share it with you all here on this special day in the life of the World Café: Talking it Through.