'Conversation Cafe' set for Oct. 21

From press release

All voices count at “A Conversation Café” Saturday, Oct. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Margaret Wheatley, internationally recognized author, lecturer and consultant.

“A Conversation Café” is a community-wide conference featuring high-stakes, candid discussions about questions that matter. How can we make Rockford the place to live, work, play and stay? Register before Oct. 5 by calling 877-0118 or visiting www.womanspace-rockford.org.

The café process ensures respectful conversations with people from all walks of life and leads to productive action. It’s about diversity, democracy and a productive future for Rockford. Who should attend? Leaders, active citizens and especially those who feel their voice hasn’t been heard. To quote Wheatley, “If you want to change the conversation, change who’s in the conversation.” Learn to better address the community’s common questions, problems, hot-button issues of the day, and visions of the future.

Wheatley is noted for bringing people together for simple conversations that expand collective intelligence and create productive civic dialog. Participants will be encouraged to take the café process back to their workplaces, schools, homes, churches and other organizations.

“Meg Wheatley has had a huge effect on the way that I lead at Rock Valley College,” said Rock Valley College President Dr. Jack Becherer. “Participating in the Conversation Café, and spending time with Dr. Wheatley, is an exciting opportunity for the citizens of our community. I have read several of Meg’s books, and heard her speak. She is not to be missed.”

“A Conversation Café” will be in Regents Hall at Rockford College. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., followed by morning sessions with Meg Wheatley. The $70 fee includes lunch, and afternoon sessions will end at 3:30 p.m. Donations to the scholarship fund are encouraged, and Womanspace has scheduled monthly follow-up Conversation Cafés so participants can continue to hone their skills and bring new people into the process.

From the Oct. 4-10, 2006, issue

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