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.

Upcoming Cafés

Please note: There will be no December Café
2023 Café dates TBA

Past Cafés

Tuesday, November 15 – Thanksgiving theme of gratitude: The Good News Café

September 20, 2022 – What does it mean to be, live, and act as a regenerative elder?

August 16, 2022 – Exploring the impacts and root causes of the plastics tsunami and how we can respond

July 19, 2022 – Envisioning the next 10 to 20 years of human and planetary evolution including our potential roles as elders

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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