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Practice Notes: Cafes for taking a conference to action

This week I was hosting at a moderately sized conference in Victoria BC with 100 regional public sector union members.  The purpose of the gathering was to increase the number of active members and to inspire members to engage and … Continue reading

27. October 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, Open Space, World Cafe | 1 comment

Just about the most fun you can have getting paid

SItting here with Geoff Brown and Steven Wright at the World Indigenous Housing Conference here in Vancouver.  We are on the back end of what has been a terrific gig. We were hired by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association of … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Harvesting, Collaboration, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Stories, World Cafe | 5 comments

“Not to fight with one another”

I was up north on the weekend, working with a small community that has been driven apart by a large and contentious decision.  It doesn’t matter what it was, or what either side wanted – the result is the same … Continue reading

15. May 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Harvesting, Art of Hosting, Community, Conversation, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Invitation, World Cafe | 5 comments

Visioning as the estuary of action

This is an estuary.  It is the place where a river goes to die.  Everything the river has ever been and everything it has carried within it, is deposited at it’s mouth where the flow slows down and the water … Continue reading

07. December 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: BC, Design, Emergence, Flow, Improv, Leadership, Learning, Open Space, World Cafe | 1 comment

Love and power, holons and process

Graphic from puramaryam.de Last night as part of a leadership retreat we are doing for the the Federation of Community Social Services of BC, we took a bus into Vancouver from Bowen Island to listen to Adam Kahane speak. He … Continue reading

29. November 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, BC, Community, Design, Facilitation, Leadership, Open Space, Organization, Practice, World Cafe | 5 comments

At the intersection of power and participation

Leaving New York today. It has been an incredible four days here working with my good friends Kelly McGowan and Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Lex Schroeder, Aniestla Rugama, Alissa Schwartz, and Aswad Foster. We were running a workshop called the Art … Continue reading

29. September 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, BC, Collaboration, Community, Facilitation, Leadership, Open Space, Organization, Practice, World Cafe | 2 comments

Working at the margins

I’m currently engaged in a number of projects that have me working at the margins, exploring margins, eliminating margins and generally working with difference, otherness, power and exclusion.  These projects include: Running an Open Space Technology event in September to … Continue reading

29. July 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, BC, Collaboration, Community, Design, Facilitation, Invitation, Leadership, Open Space, World Cafe | Comments Off

Wiser Together: Partnering Across Generations

Two dear friends, Ashley Cooper and Juanita Brown, are up to some world-changing mischief together in the mountains of North Carolina.  They are going deep into hosting intergenerational conversations.  Here’s why, from Juanita: I have always been fascinated by large-scale … Continue reading

05. June 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Collaboration, Conversation, World Cafe, Youth | Comments Off

Insights on the nature of the times

I am here in the Morton Arboretum in Chicago where we are at the end of the first day of an Art of Hosting with our friends in the Illinois community of practice.  We have just been harvesting out of … Continue reading

23. May 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Harvesting, Art of Hosting, BC, Collaboration, Community, Conversation, Facilitation, Leadership, Poetry, World Cafe | 3 comments

World Cafe when the world is falling apart

In a recent email thread between Bob Stilger and a bunch of us friends and colleagues about how to support community rebuilding in Japan, Nancy Margulies shared this story of working in post-Katrina New Orleans with a series of World … Continue reading

15. April 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Community, Design, World Cafe | Comments Off

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