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General News · 25th November 2010
Suzan Denis
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tiber Bay Room at Linnaea Farm
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Snacks and warm beverages provided


Topic: How do Boards and Membership work together for the mutual benefit of the organization they serve?

The evening will be structured as a World Café event. Some people know what that is and for those who do not, here is a description.

Purpose of a World Cafe: To foster the conditions for the emergence of collective intelligence by engaging people in dynamic, strategic conversations around questions that matter to their lives and work.

Outcomes of a World Café Event: 1) Surfaces unquestioned assumptions; 2) Redefines the relationship between talk and action and reveals conversation as core process for creating value; and 3) Fosters “coherence without control” among diverse stakeholders.

When to Use a World Café Process: To generate input, share knowledge, stimulate innovative thinking, and to explore action possibilities around real-life issues and questions.

When Not to Use a World Café Process: When there is a pre-determined outcome, solution, or answer and when the intention is to communicate one-way information.

Types of Participants: Diverse voices and perspectives on key issues.

“The Café is built on the assumption that people already have within them the wisdom and creativity to confront even the most difficult challenges. Given the appropriate context and focus, it is possible to access and use this deeper knowledge about what’s important.”

Café Etiquette
- Focus on what matters
- Contribute your thinking
- Speak your mind and heart
- Listen to understand
- Link and connect ideas
- Listen together for insights and deeper questions
- Play, doodle, draw – writing on the tablecloths is encouraged.
- Have fun.

I hope you will be inspired to join us for an evening of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter to the community. Please call me at 250-935-0039 if you would like to talk further.

In the spirit of renewal,
Thank you.

Suzan Denis