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World Cafe and the Pattern Language of Online Engagement by Amy Lenzo

  • 03/14/2014
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Online using Adobe Connect


Inspired by architect Christopher Alexander’s ground-breaking work identifying and codifying patterns of “aliveness” he saw as the pattern language of architectural space, a small group of seasoned “process architects” gathered in Eugene, Oregon to begin a collective exploration into the pattern language of group interaction. Their initial explorations grew into a full-blown collective volunteer project involving hundreds of people and led to the 2011 publication of Group Works Pattern Language deck.

This webinar will map some of the specific pattern language elements identified in the Group Works deck that can be applied directly or adapted for online group engagement. Using the powerful World Café methodology and its design principles as a model, and drawing on presenter Amy Lenzo’s extensive experience in hosting World Cafes and other interactive methodologies, this participatory session is designed to leave you with new resources, applicable skills, and fresh perspectives for your own large group process work, online and off.

Amy Lenzo,, served as the Director of Global Communications for the World Café Community Foundation for 8 years, during which she created their virtual communications infrastructure and pioneered the use of this internationally renowned methodology in online environments. She is the co-author, with Adriano Pianesi, of ‘The Art of Online Hosting’, published in the Systems Thinker, March 2011.

Currently, as Director of Learning Programs for the World Café, Amy designs and presents the World Café’s learning programs online as Adjunct Faculty at Fielding Graduate University, and delivers participatory online event hosting, consulting and technology services though weDialogue. Amy was also part of the initial pattern language meeting in Eugene, Oregon, and has continued to contribute and consult on the ongoing project.

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