One of the most wonderful opportunities in the new World Cafe online community space is the capacity we have to gather together in Groups and explore the precise elements of the World Cafe that we’re passionate about and/or connect with others in your geographic location. It’s not surprising that an international network like ours with so much to talk about have really maximized this opportunity.
After two months of being “live”, there are already 23 groups, in 6 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, and Indonesian. I will tell you a little about just two or three of them here, but I can’t possibly do justice to the many dynamic groups that have formed and I invite you to explore them for yourself. If you don’t find the group you are looking for, talk to me about how to host it yourself.
One of the very first groups to form in this community was Cafe Latino, hosted by Maria de los Angeles as a place to welcome the very special people who host World Cafes in Latin America. All in Spanish, it’s
extremely active, seeming almost to overflow with the exuberance and warmth of those who have often been described as the “heart” of the World Cafe.
Another group started more recently by Christine Whitney Sanchez is on Methods for Strategic Collaboration. The conversation here is focused and stimulating, going to the heart of what’s core to the work we do, no matter what form we use.
For those of us fascinated by graphic recording, there is the vibrant Art of Harvesting group, where a “knowing” beyond words is nevertheless conveyed through conversations about deep listening and reflection.
If you have not yet joined us in the new online community, we invite you to do it now! Go to www.theworldcafecommunity.org and sign up today.