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Responses to Hosting Fundamentals Course

Here’s what graduates are saying about the World Cafe Hosting Fundamentals course at Fielding:

Accolades

I am a French facilitator based in Paris.  As I was about to start my own little company, I took Amy and Bo’s class between February and April of 2013.  At the end of April, a facilitator that had trained me before called me up and asked “Is your World Café training over yet?”  She had a major client who was ready for a series of World Cafés with 100+ people each, the dates were changed and it turned out that she wouldn’t be available.  Because I had been trained by Amy and Bo, I was the person my trainer chose to call, which provided me with my very first paid assignment as a freelance facilitator!  I teamed up with a consultant and with a fantastic graphic facilitator and I hosted several sessions for that client.  Our sponsor couldn’t believe the level of energy that was in the room!  At the end of the first World Café, a participant came to me and said “I can see it now: I’m not alone”!

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“I’m loving this programme, and find it really helpful in getting me to think more about what I’m doing. I can’t remember anything I’ve done in years that has been so practical and ‘right on’. Thank you!”

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It was such a powerful session, just like the whole course. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of this class and I think it helped me keep centered and positive in a very challenging time in my work life.

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Thank you for all that you have done to make this experience one that will continue to affect me into the future.

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(about the World Cafe with Juanita Brown) “It was such a powerful session, just like the whole course. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of this class and I think it helped me keep centered and positive in a very challenging time in my work life.”

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Amy & Bo were extremely knowledgeable and facile with the material. They were excellent resources and always accessible. 

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World Cafe connected the dots, bringing previous learning together in new ways.

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There is a reassurance for me in being able to clearly articulate the process and, therefore, being able to trust that it will deliver the results. Taking time to create, review and refine a question so that it has the required impact is a key learning from the programme.

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Thanks to this course, I know how to successfully facilitate a world café and use it as an invaluable tool with my nonprofit clients.

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This course helped me regain that wonder and appreciation of the differences and connections that we all have and the responsibility and opportunity we have to make things better together.

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To be honest, I loved the whole experience. The learning, the thinking, the questions, the people, the conversations. Loved it. It’s left me with thoughts about creating a learning community in my new organisation, and about what I can do with some of my bigger clients.

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Amy, Bo, thank you so much for a wonderful learning experience. We all benefited from your expertise at every level on the course.

 

Here are more comments from earlier sessions of this course…