Evolutionary Leap World Cafés

World Cafés are a globally recognized process for exploring questions that matter. Like a literal café, the conversations conducted at tables of three or four enable collective wisdom to emerge, relationships to strengthen and new ideas to be developed. World Cafés are often designed to end in an exploration of actions that can be taken. New insights are shared with the entire group and captured in words and images. The Café process has enabled groups who were fractured to come together and resolve differences, and organizations to address critical challenges, connect, explore, and emerge with new ideas and insights that lead to further action.

The World Café has proven to be a powerful process for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation of today’s world. The design is based on understanding conversation as a core meaning-making process. The Café experience has enabled groups who were fractured to come together and resolve differences, aided organizations to address critical challenges, connect, explore, emerge with new ideas and insights, and act on them.

Since our earliest ancestors gathered in circles around the warmth of a fire, talking together has been our primary means for discovering common interests, sharing knowledge, imagining the future, and cooperating to survive and thrive. And now that same generative process can take place on Zoom.

The natural cross-pollination of relationships, ideas, and meaning as people move from one conversational break-out to another, enables us to learn, explore possibilities, and co-create.

From this perspective, conversations are action—the very heartbeat and lifeblood of social evolution.


World Cafés are being offered on the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 pm ET. Cafés are 2 hours and open to all. Register here to join the discussion.

REGISTER for Tuesday, July 19
Tuesday, August 16
Tuesday, September 20

Elders Action Network is fortunate to have among its members Nancy Margulies and Anne Adams, two leaders of the World Café movement who have planned and hosted these Cafés around the globe. For more on the World Café process see www.theworldcafe.com.

Have questions? Other needs?

We look for your feedback! Please respond to both Mike Abkin (michaelabkin@gmail.com) and Nancy Margulies (nancycreates@gmail.com).

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