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Happy Birthday Anne!

Today is Anne Dosher’s 95th birthday.

Anne is the ground beneath my feet as I do the work I do with the World Cafe community. I often think of her.

When I am stuck, I ask myself, “What would Anne do?”, and hear her lovely voice in my heart inviting me to breathe, appreciate the blessings of the moment, remember all the powers and spirits who are holding & guiding me, and then take the simple, minimal, elegant next step, whatever that is.

All the time I have spent in her presence has been a precious gift, a blessing I carry with me always.

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This is one of a series of blog posts to honor our Elder Anne Dosher, who has been a wonderful guide and steward since the World Cafe was born in 1995. To celebrate Anne’s 95th birthday, we are collecting stories and greetings from the global World Cafe community.

 


World Cafe is “Stepping In” on a new level – increasing our capacity to engage most effectively with the challenging issues of our times. Here’s an overview of what we’re envisioning and some of the priorities we’ve identified to start. Please join us and contribute what you can to support this important work.

This blog post is one response to an open invitation to our global community – to step up & express what the gift of the World Cafe means to YOU. We welcome your posts, as well as your comments and shares on this post.

Anne at the Dresden Frauenkirche

In 2007, World Cafe senior practitioners Ulric Rudebeck and Sabine Spenser co-hosted a very special World Cafe in the crypt of the re-built Dresden Frauenkirche, which had been bombed in the last World War. Part of three days of city-wide World Cafes organized by World Cafe Europe, it was a “Reconciliation” Cafe on the theme of forgiveness.

This Cafe was especially important for Anne Dosher, the Guardian of the Soul of the World Cafe, who had traveled from California with several of us from The World Cafe Community Foundation, in part so she could be there for this very occasion.

The following short video tells the story of why this Cafe was so special for Anne:

This is one of a series of blog posts to honor our Elder Anne Dosher, who has been a wonderful guide and steward since the World Cafe was born in 1995. To celebrate Anne’s 95th birthday this week, we are collecting stories and greetings from the global World Cafe community.

Co-Creating our Future

This is the second in a series of blog posts to honour Anne Dosher, Guardian of the Soul of The World Cafe. Anne has been a wonderful guide and steward since the World Cafe was born in 1995.

To celebrate Anne’s 95th birthday this week, we’d love to collect stories and greetings from the global World Cafe community. Please send your written contribution by email – till Wednesday, November 1. 

The dragonfly has been Anne’s magic animal – a symbol of transformation. 

Here is a letter that we received from one of Anne’s friends: 


For the past 20 years, Anne’s major community contributions involved “The World Cafe.”  She was there at the beginning and was intimately involved in the “Cafe’s” development.  Anne was particularly excited by  how “Wiser Together” and the “Cafe” could join to reach youngers and elders in changing our world.  As you will see in this video,  Anne is right there co-creating a positive potential future with and for all of us.

I remember with much gratitude how Anne supported me as I grew to lead organizations and community efforts from the early ’70’s on.  With her help, we have better services, systems and strategies locally and nationally to create an “all our relations” world.  It was and is Anne’s life dream to experience a world where people reflect, think long term and listen to each other.  Now, The World Cafe is stepping up and out to create more vital opportunities for this to happen in peaceful and supportive ways.

To celebrate Anne’s 95th year, I thought she would love a Anne Wade Dosher Legacy effort to fund this important work in our troubled and divisive times.

Check out “We Are Wiser Together” to see Anne and other leaders as they create this movement.

Please join me in celebrating Anne and changing the world – one more time!  Just go to this website to make your contribution. It is called The Generosity Fund. Where it says to dedicate your gift, just fill in Anne Wade Dosher Legacy. You can also write her a personal note on the site.   Your gift of any amount will help us all change the world together.

Liz Shear


World Cafe is “Stepping In” on a new level – increasing our capacity to engage most effectively with the challenging issues of our times. Here’s an overview of what we’re envisioning and some of the priorities we’ve identified to start. Please join us and contribute what you can to support this important work.


This blog post is one response to an open invitation to our global community – to step up & express what the gift of the World Cafe means to YOU. We welcome your posts, as well as your comments and shares.