Our dear friend Margaret Wheatley sent the following message in honor of the World Café’s 20th Anniversary. Meg was instrumental in the birth of the World Café; we are blessed by her friendship and touched to have received this thoughtful note of wisdom & inspiration:
The World Café is a true and verifiable revolution. I was present at its birth, benefited from its growth and now delight in its strong and robust maturity. It has revolutionized our expectations of what’s possible in a world of polarization and conflict. Before the World Café, we didn’t know we could have intimate conversations in large groups of strangers. We didn’t know that if we listen well and speak from the heart, we are no longer strangers — just humans eager to connect and make a difference. We didn’t know that it could be so simple and uncomplicated to connect at deep levels of shared meaning. We didn’t know that there were so many other people who care as much as we do.
May we not be separated,
(The Berkana Institute)