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Co-creating the Future we Desire

As an OD consultant, I’ve always searched for innovative forms of creating and nurturing warm and supportive spaces for small as well as large group interventions for the clients and organizations I’ve worked with.

In 1998 I had my first contact with Appreciative Inquiry and since that time I have been fascinated by the power of meaningful and positive questions. It was amazing to see the energy and commitment level of the participants when asked to take a more relevant role in co-creating the very future they desire.

As a member of the IONS – Institute of Noetic Sciences, I took part in a series of meetings in Latin America in 2001 and had the opportunity to host my first World Café and fell in love with the World Café “cause”, asking questions that really matter.

To my personal understanding and experience, World Café is a philosophy, a unique opportunity to have all the voices heard.

From 2001 to this day I’ve used World Café in more than 400 events with more than 20.000 participants in both companies and NGO’s with a great amount of energy through co-creation of their desired future and coordination of actions.

mundinho-na-mãoThe impact of The World Café in my life is tremendous and has created the opportunity for me to successfully facilitate internal or multi stakeholder meetings from 4 up to 600 people in the room, helping them in planning, disseminating and deploying strategies, new desired culture and positive change to their own environment. 

Besides buying a great amount of The World Café books in order to share and give it as a gift to my clients and friends, I’ve been making financial donations to the World Café annually as an attitude of giving back part of what I have received from The World Café Community.

As a board member of The World Café Community Foundation I have had the recurrent opportunity to listen to people telling us about the impact and benefits its use has been creating around the globe!

Eduardo Afonso(Co-Host of the upcoming Impact Café in Sao Paulo on October 16th)

 Join us in the 20th Anniversary Celebrations!


Conversational-Centered Leadership

This from our good friends at the Daily Good, a wonderful daily pep-talk post sent out by what was Charity Focus, and is now ServiceSpace:

Talking It Out: The New Conversation-centered Leadership
by Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz

Every year, hundreds of thousands of new graduates enter the business world, eager to climb the corporate ladder. Their progress on the early rungs of that journey will often be determined by qualities like hard work, determination, knowledge and technical proficiency. But business consultants Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz argue that those same qualities prove less helpful at higher rungs on the ladder, and may even be one's downfall if they are not balanced by a very different set of leadership qualities. They sum up the thesis of their new book, Leadership Conversations: Challenging High-Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders, like this: "As you move into upper leadership levels, your technical skills — what you know — become less important. What counts is whom you know and, perhaps more important, who knows and trusts you."

The importance of building strong working relationships within an
organization may seem self-evident. But Berson and Stieglitz go well
beyond a call to establish and maintain open lines of communication. The
kind of conversations they are advocating for are not simply talk for
talk's sake. Rather, they are the heart and soul of any thriving
organization's culture: a strategic tool incorporating very specific
techniques toward very specific ends.

Read more!

What Makes the World Café Important Now?

In support of our Harvest Fund Drive, Frances (Muryah) Baldwin shares her perspective on what makes the World Café so important now:

For more than 10 years I have been excited about the far-reaching effects of eloquent and evocative conversation and realized how rarely people have such personal or business conversations in the real world. Repeatedly, I have witnessed large groups build upon their diverse perspectives to experience substantial shifts in what they believe about their real purpose, potential and interdependence.  Sometimes I try to imagine the amount of complexity, confrontation, pain, time and waste that is transcended, just because people intentionally practice seven simple but profound principles and take the time to determine the questions that will get them where they want to go. We are just beginning breakthroughs that translate the most  acknowledged and finest practices (systems, groups and individuals) into practical behaviors that are greatly needed in our relationships, communities and the world-at-large.  We must keep it going.”

~ Frances (Muryah) Baldwin, World Café Community Foundation board member and President of consulting group Designed Wisdom

Help us achieve our immediate goal of raising $25,000.00 by November 4, 2011.

Thank you to all of you who have already joined us in making this Harvest Fund Drive a great success. Please make your valuable contribution to the World Café Community Foundation now.

You’ll be helping to catalyze the most critical conversations of our time!