Promotes human connection and interaction
Based on the understanding that conversation and effective communication skills are the core processes that drive human interaction, the World Café is an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world.
Once a week, World Café will host an event which will examine in depth a particular theme by means of posing three questions sequentially. Small pods of 4-5 participants each answer these questions in depth, while practicing respectful and intentional communication skills and drinking tea! With each new question, groups intermingle or “cross-pollinate,” allowing for new interactions and further sharing of concepts and ideas. Each week a volunteer host(s) chooses the theme and the three discussion questions, which can range anywhere from local to global, personal to community issues: some examples might be Education Reform Café, BorderlandCafé, Sustainable Food Systems Café or Water Rights Café. The three questions should be formatted to start with a broad understanding of the theme, and then dig deeper into new layers of perception with the next two questions. After the three questions have been discussed, the entire group comes together in a large circle to share their one most profound token of knowledge or inspiration that they have gained during the evening of conversation, a process so quaintly referred to as the “harvesting of nuggets.” While the harvest occurs, plates of hot food cooked with CSA produce are passed out to the participants as a thank you and an incentive for being present.
World Café will be every Tuesday evening from 6:30-9 in the Student Activity Center. Cooking will begin at 6:30, the conversation begins at 7.
Ben Dowson (Student Representative): Benjamin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Barton (Faculty Representative): email@example.com
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