Tag Archives: Art of Hosting

Join me at an Unconference in Victoria (24-27 November)

If you are interested in exploring strengths-based processes like asset-based community-driven development and appreciative inquiry, or inclusive group processes like circle work, open space or world café, why don’t you join me at the first Victorian Unconference? In November this … Continue reading

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The Unconference: a participatory, inclusive gathering

Last week I participated in the second Unconference near Newcastle. According to the Unconference website: An ‘Unconference’ is a participant-driven gathering. Delegates actively contribute to the agenda sharing lots of dynamic open discussions. Rather than a single speaker at the … Continue reading

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World Cafe as a research process

I recently used World Café for a focus group to gain insights into the experience of international students at a university. While it wasn’t a formal research project (the focus was more on marketing), I can see that it World … Continue reading

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A World Cafe in a school – a step-by-step description

World Café’s are interactive, inclusive group processes that encourage conversation-like discussion of things that matter. (It might help to read an overview of World Cafés available HERE.)  I recently facilitated a couple of sessions at my daughter’s school to help … Continue reading

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Setting the context for a world cafe

Over the next couple of days I’m facilitating some conversations at my daughter’s school which are essentially part of a visioning process. As with any school there are some parents who will attend with specific concerns. I want to ensure … Continue reading

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What is a World Café?

In a World Café we host intentional conversations around a question or issue that matters. The basic concept is to create a café like atmosphere (e.g., tables of 4 or 5 people, refreshments) where participants have a series of conversations … Continue reading

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A website on resilient communities and community leadership

I’ve just been looking at the blog/webpage of Bob Stilger “Healthy and Resilient Communities“. His focus is on resilient communities, community leadership and hosting conversations that matter. His blog has some very practical reflections about the successes and challenges of … Continue reading

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World cafe on steroids

Today I hosted an interesting World Cafe at a conference of Adolescent Family Counsellors. It demonstrated that facilitators need to be pretty flexible and we ended up doing a World Cafe on steroids. The theme of the conference was “Conversations … Continue reading

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Reflections on the climate change networking meeting

Last month I helped facilate a climate change networking meeting. I discussed some of my thoughts before the meeting but realised that I haven’t commented since the meeting. There were 29 people from a variety of groups including Transition Newcastle, … Continue reading

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Council consultation

I attended a Ward Forum hosted by Newcastle City Council through Newcastle Voice this week. Council holds occasional forums in each of their four wards to “provide opportunities for local residents talk about the opportunities and challenges facing their ward.” It … Continue reading

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