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July 2017 Chair Chat
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When: Tuesday, July 18
11:00am-12:00pm EST
Where: July Chair Chat: Video Conference Call
United States
Contact: OD Network

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Topic: World Café

Join Board Chair Martha Kesler and her guests to talk about the World Café — the "technology" of the exercise and its history and future. We'll discuss successes and challenges in using the technique, and work to build awareness and a more thorough understanding of this unique process.

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This month's guest hosts

Juanita Brown, Ph.D., Founder of Whole Systems Associates

Juanita Brown, Ph.D., the co-originator of the World Café and founder of Whole Systems Associates, collaborates with senior leaders across sectors in crafting large-scale change strategies and creating innovative forums for strategic dialogue on critical business and societal issues. For over 40 years, Juanita has worked with a wide variety of clients in the U.S, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific Rim. She has served as a senior affiliate with the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, as a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Future and as a Fellow at both the World Business Academy and The Fielding Institute for Social Innovation. Juanita is the co-author of the award-winning book, The World Café: Shaping our Futures Through Conversations that Matter and a contributing author to Story Bridge: From Alienation to Community Action. Her lifelong passion has been creating architectures of engagement that use conversation as a core systemic process for enlivening catalytic change efforts at every level of scale. As an OD “elderella” Juanita is now exploring: How can we partner across generations to use our unique contributions as we become “wiser together” on behalf of life-affirming futures for our organizations, our communities and our planet?”

Stephanie Brown, MSOD, Founder of 10X Collective

Stephanie Brown, MSOD, has worked for 15 years in the performance improvement sector introducing graphic facilitation and collaboration design to government executives and teams from the White House to the grassroots of change. Both visual artist and facilitator, Steph supports organizations by designing experiences that optimize the power of people in conversation together. This can range from live hand-drawn murals documenting collective memories, to facilitating and hosting conversations building organizational understanding, to leading design innovation sprints transforming ideas into action. Steph is passionate about collaboration and using visuals as a platform to move conversation forward. Founder of the DC Graphic Facilitation Meetup, she leads workshops that enable a multi-disciplinary community to bring visual practices into their own work. Steph is a member of NTL, a certified Integral Facilitator and recently founded the 10X Collective, offering workshops to cultivate and cross-pollinate diverse perspectives. Steph is excited about engaging our diversities by exploring multiple perspectives in gameful and accessible ways to solve collective challenges together and create more resilient systems.

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