On July 1, 2006, forty-five feminists visited my garden and talked about the advancement of women. Women and men sat at cafe tables, drank their favorite libation and talked about the advancement of women. It was my first of many Feminist Cafes.
Some guests may have expected it to just be coffee klatch but, upon entering the garden, it was instantly evident it was more than that. The Cafe was an interesting set of 30 minute rounds talking with a group of people, most of whom you don't know, focusing on a specific set of questions.
- Round ~ Feminism, What is it? Are you a feminist? Do you/we need it?
- Round ~ USA Feminism. Is there a relationship between states? What can we offer women around the globe?
- Round ~ What would it take for American women to achieve full equality in opportunity, responsibility & representation?
Admittedly, I had no idea if they would like the formal, structured and timed rounds of talk. It is a Virgo's delight but not everyone likes that level of detail and planned architecture. In my obsessive planning, I had imagined that these three rounds would be plenty, and then, when they ended, a woman asked for a fourth round - "What is the Feminist response to the condition of the earth and her inhabitants?" I was so happy that people were ready for more and wanted to stay. I tell you that so you can know two things; 1) people really liked the structure and took to it easily and 2) my anxiety was entirely self-conscious and unwarranted.
I had a terrific time and I think most of the guests did too. You should consider doing this for your company or organization. The book, The World Cafe, is so easy to follow. Directions are clear and simple. What made it irresistible for me is believing that we really do want to communicate with one another. We really do want to talk about things that matter. We really do want to be heard. It was more than I had hoped for. Contact me if you would like me to put on a cafe for you and your guests.