Join Belonging Victoria on April 21st for an afternoon of community building, connection and workshop in preparation for Belonging: A Victoria Youth Homelessness Summit in October, 2012.  We will be sharing information on our initiative and then creatively making use of our time by collectively participating in a World Café session lead by local youth empowerment leader Mike Sheehan, owner of Beatboard Education and Training.  What’s a World Café you ask. Great question.

The World Café is a powerful method for bringing people together for lively conversations around questions that matter.  In the World Café, “there is an idea that when people gather and are engaged in an issue or question that they care about, in an authentic, open-hearted and open-minded way, that collective wisdom emerges.” (Samantha Tan)

“…the simple idea on which the World Café was founded: powerful questions that really matter; cross-pollinating ideas in an informal environment, a natural environment…When you get more lenses, or more perspectives on the whole, a greater intelligence can reveal itself, so as the conversation unfolds it goes deeper and deeper and deeper towards the essence of what’s really important for the group.” 

        -Juanaita Brown, World Café co-founder

We will be focusing on what makes a healthy community, specific planning and visioning for the upcoming community summit in October and questions about how to address youth homelessness from the ground, as a community of empowered citizens.

“Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world.

Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.” (


Event Schedule

1-2:15pm – Welcome, Ice Breaker and Introduction
2:30-5pm – World Café
5-6pm – Social and Music with Grandpa Phunk (The Soul Selector)

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 Coffee, tea and snacks provided