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What Juanita’s Up To!

More from Juanita Brown, co-founder of the World Café, including some highlights from her recent email on behalf of the World Café Community Foundation’s Harvest Fund Drive:

“I continue to be excited and delighted by the potential of this work at the leading edge of conversational leadership around the globe. I’m hopeful that with your support we’ll be able to expand our Wiser Together initiative which is empowering the collaboration of people across generations with the capacities to co-create communities and organizations that embody the wisdom of all generations. Here’s an interview from our own personal efforts in this regard on our ¨family farm¨ in North Carolina in collaboration with next generation leaders.

Juanita goes on to say:

I’m also very intrigued by the pioneering collaboration we’re exploring with the International Storytelling Center that is demonstrating the power of connecting individual and collective storytelling with catalytic conversations, community-building and committed action. We’re collaborating with their Staging Change Institute on Nov 3-6, and would be delighted to see others of you there!

In addition, the World Café is joining with others in nurturing inter-generational gatherings of leaders across modalities of conversational work, helping to catalyze a global effort to bring many of the doorways to collective intelligence into the “jardîn central¨—the central garden—of our human experience—and to use these on behalf of movements for positive futures across the planet.

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As David and I transition from our role as direct coordinators of our global work into the role of ambassadors for the ¨World as Café,¨ we are deeply grateful to Amy Lenzo, Deborah Goldblatt, Barbara Krohn and the core team who is continuing to nurture the life of the  World Café. We hope you, too, will continue to fuel this incredible movement with your time, your skills, your financial support, and your love.

With gratitude for all that you’ve helped to happen,


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Our immediate goal is to raise $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.


New World Cafe Online Community Launched!

As new people join the new World Cafe online community every day from
countries around the world – Brazil, Israel, Italy, Finland, Canada,
Costa Rica, Germany, the United States, Russia, Japan, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Chile, Mexico,
Portugal, the Phillipines, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Columbia,
Afghanistan, Bhutan, Belgium, Spain, Croatia, India, Saudi Arabia,
South Africa, Yukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Peru, Dubai, Slovenia,
Tahiti, Venezula, Jamaica, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Bolivia and
Austria – there is a palpable sense of a new kind of community – a
truly global World Café – taking form.

If you have not yet joined us in the new online community, we invite you to go to and
sign up today. Find friends and allies, deepen your
learning, band together and take action, start the conversations and
launch the projects that are closest to your heart – now's the time!

Read on for some of the new features and benefits that are available to us now …

Some of the new opportunities include customizable
individual profiles and a searchable member directory, the ability to post your
event to a shared community calendar, add photos, documents and links to your
conversations, upload photos and videos and other media files to a common area,
write and comment on blog posts, have a live chat with friends, and create and
participate in private or semi-private focused working groups based on a shared
language or interest.

The new community space will let us tag virtually everything
we enter, making the search functions robust enough to find exactly what you’re
looking for.

In addition, things that you are used to now, like sharing
stories and exchanging ideas conversation and resources, will be much easier to
use and track in an intuitive way.

The Nature of the World Café

As part of a conversation with World Café stewards in Europe, Ulric Rudebeck from Sweden shared these beautiful insights on the nature of the World Café:

"My friend Ulrich S(oeder) says
This question goes back to four basic semiotic dimensions: How do we relate to the physical world (it), ourselves (I), the others (you) and the medium which enables us to be in contact at all (we). It comes back to pre-personal (it), personal (I/you) and transpersonal (we), or body/soul/spirit.

I like this. So let’s start there. But I like to turn it a bit outside in. You may be familiar with my metaphor of the World Café as a being. So if the (I) is “TWC”. what then?

She, because she is definitely a SHE, was born in a kitchen. She will always be close to food. She will never starve. "It" was in conversation and dialogue so she will always be close to people and conversations. Her first travel was with her parents J(uanita) and D(avid) all over the world so she will always consider the whole world as her arena. J and D gave freely to others because they were proud of their child. So she becomes a free spirit. Soon she started doing things on her own. She explored other places, without J and D. Her true nature and fundamental structure, in fact her DNA, is "the question". No Q(uestion) is too profound, No Q is too deep. The world is there to be explored.

She is by nature a giving person, but not naïve. She has a sense for resources and money. She moves freely  between NGOs, governmental agencies and profit multinational corporations. She understands the language of all kind of business; she speaks all languages and knows all cultures so she will be at home wherever she goes. 

But she also has fears: No company, no people, no curiosity, and no dialogues – these can all make her sad and loneliness is a ghost of horror. Communication is the very ground of nurturance for her.

Now she is growing. She is prepared to take the large questions and the really big issues to heart and start making the jump from relative safety amongst friends to the skeptics and those resistant to change. She is prepared and well so. We can not stop her – no one can. Not by structure, not by rules. This woman is a rule maker not a rule follower, even if she deeply respects her own seven principles.

She relates to (it) by being in constant flow, bound by no physical restrains. Life is a dance and a field, not a structure or a matrix.

She relates to (I) by regarding herself as beautiful giving freely and curious about all, with a spirit that all is well in the end if we talk about it freely. Her purpose is dialogue and she will die when there are no humans left.

She relates to others (you) by trust and curiosity prepared to learn from all and anything.

She relates to the transpersonal (we) by being the container, the contained, and that which transforms the content, all in one.

I have a hunch we, her stewards, try to structure too much and let go too little, but I can be wrong. I have been so before."