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Hosting Difference

In my career, as a Chief Executive Officer in a large nonprofit organization, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in meetings with my counterparts around the world. Forty cultures all in one place. Forty leaders common in their vision. And forty different worlds to work in realizing those visions. How do you hold a meeting that unites, energizes, and appreciates the nuances of our very real differences despite the ties that bind us in common purpose? I’ve sat through the Board room meetings frustrated by the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the “one person talks at a time” approach, while everyone agrees the real value is during the break, and meals.

When given the opportunity to apply World Café approaches to this group, the outcomes were stunningly different. Relationships were deepened, energy was created. Agreements were forged.  Partnership emerged. Collaborations were ventured. And in the end a standing ovation in response to the peak pleasure of the experience. It’s hard to measure the impact, yet easy to contract the difference of potential from days wasted of formal agenda, preliminary rule and “one at a time” communication compared to the excitement, vitality, and energy present in a World Café.

It was breathtaking to watch people from forty cultures exploring their futures. I’ve wondered a lot over the years how the World Café might serve the United Nations. A dream.

Paul E Borawski
Chief Executive Officer, (ret)
ASQ (American Society for Quality)


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.

Asia Impact Café

(Time shown is local time in Tokyo, Japan; UTC +9)

From Mumbai, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia – we will have people joining us from all over Asia for this cutting-edge online Impact Cafe using MaestroConference and Zoom.

The purpose of this event is to explore using the World Cafe to enhance collaborations and support mutual goals among facilitators across Asia.

Asia-OnlineHosted by: Amy Lenzo, Kazuaki Katori, Natsu Iwaki,
Digital Graphic Recording: Rachel Smith (Grove International)
Sponsored by: IAF Japan (International Association of Facilitators, Japan)

The Power of the World Café

The Difference We Can Make for Our Communities, Organizations and Society

(Time shown is local time in Tokyo, Japan; UTC +9)

Juanita Brown will be coming in via Satellite to join Amy Lenzo in co-hosting the morning session for this Impact Café with professional facilitators throughout Japan. 

We’ll be addressing the deeper meaning and purpose of World Cafe in a changing world and the role of Conversational Leadership as a core competence for organizations, community, & societal change in the 21st Century.

In the afternoon session, co-hosted by Amy Lenzo and Kazuaki Katori, we will hear stories of World Cafe’s impact within Japan and explore the opportunities and possibilities of applying what we’ve learned together about using World Café to support positive social change in Japan and beyond. 


Hosted by: Juanita Brown (joining via satellite), Amy Lenzo, and Kazuaki Katori

Sponsored by: IAF & Japan/FAJ (International Association of Facilitators & Facilitators Association Japan)