A story told this morning

August 28, 2006

On a buffety, blustery early summer day, when the news was bad and the sky turned yellow, a strange thing happened in the town where I live. That morning, two grandmothers who had never met, not even by accident, put on their summer Sunday clothes, their most comfortable shoes, their favorite sun hats, walked to the park in the center of town.
Now that, of course, wasn’t the strange part because lots of people walk to the park, especially in summer.
It’s what the grandmothers did after they got there that set the whole town on its collective ear.
What, you ask, could two grandmothers do that would cause such a buzz on a buffety, blustery early summer day? Well, just wait till you hear. Read the rest of this entry »


Dragonfly story

August 27, 2006

Dragonfly story

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Anne Dosher telling us the story of Grandmother Dragonfly…she’s gathering the right people together

The dragonfly gathering!

August 27, 2006

Sunday (I guess). Another day of our gathering… Anne Dosher opens the day like the previous ones: calling in the directions in silence. Everybody is sitting in silence, eyes open, eyes closed… the sacredness is tangible…
And like in all the previous sessions the new people who joined us, are welcomed: Bienvenido!
Tom Hurley opens the conversation. We came to see ourselves as a whole through what happened in all the previous sessions. It seems that the meaning of stewardship has been shifting. We want to continue refining and deepening what this whole is and what stewardship means.
What are our core elements?
What does it take to support it, now and to steward it forward?
How will it look like, when it are not a few people, but a network that is stewarding?
We will use stories.
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Dancing the Night Away

August 27, 2006

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Originally uploaded by theworldcafe.
Many of us gathered together Saturday evening for a celebration with music and dance. We danced the night away, everything from “The Twist” to Celtic folk dances taught to us by Edgard Gouveia of Brazil. Thank you Edgard for your amazing ability to weave story, dance and community together.

What conversations are you called to convene?

August 27, 2006

The question leading us into the afternoon small group session today was “What conversation are you called to convene around the stewardship of the World Café? As the previous blogger (Ria Baeck) noted there were many wonderful responses, and I was drawn to the particular dialogue catalyzed by a question posed by Alain Gauthier: “What is the deeper spirit and practice of the World Café that would help us connect with other global communities that also care for the whole?”

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What was dominated is now surfacing

August 26, 2006

This morning we started with a Café on Stewardship: How to steward this World Café to the future?
The focusing question was:
What in the world,
of the world,
of the World Café is going on?

I listened deeply to the answers of the other ones, wrote them down and a pattern was showing up to me. Read the rest of this entry »

Calling on the Four Directions

August 26, 2006

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Anne Dosher, World Cafe Elder begins the first session of the Global Stewardship Dialogs by following the Native American tradition of calling in the four directions. View more photos of day 1