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Tapestries of Solidarity: Circle & World Cafe (gathering 2 of 3)

Globalicious SF

Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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We’ve come together to discover ways we can support

one another around our grassroots global work,

and we would love to have you join us.

Tapestries of Solidarity: A Globalicious Series of Dialogues 

June 28, 6-8:30 pm at IDEX

How can we build grassroots global

partnerships that are transformational (and not just transactional)?


(Photo: International Network of Women Against Militarism,
including a team from the Bay Area)


Special Guest:  You and your fellow globally-engaged in the Bay Area


June 28, 6-8:30 pm

IDEX, 333 Valencia St (near 14th) Suite 250, San Francisco



A Creative Interactive Space Using a World Café process


We will undertake a ‘world café’ process where our individual wisdom will be woven into a larger story of what might be possible in our work.  We will dive deeply into the questions we face in building partnerships. This is part of a series of dialogues, the next one is July 29th at Kokkari.



Susan Partnow, World Café expert, Compassionate Listening trainer and founder of  Global Citizen Journey will be with us from Seattle.


Yeshica Weerasekera, Director of Program partnerships at IDEX, who will share 

subtle qualities that help their partnerships work from their IDEX Impact and Evaluation Report


“People think talking is not action. That’s a mistake. Conversation is a profound action that helps us to expand our consciousness and connect together parts and people that are separated…It is one of our unique human paths to fulfillment and wholeness.” – Anne Dosher, World Café book



Tapestries of Solidarity is series of dialogues exploring how we in the Bay Area can work with, stand with, be with, be in solidarity with our partners and friends around the world.   The first dialogue on June 4th elicited the question that forms the basis for this second dialogue.   Our third gathering will be July 29that Kokkari and will focus on connecting with each other and the projects we are doing or hope to be doing.   It will include appetizers and will be $10.  RSVP here.


New paradigms and visions are emerging, and we need space, dialogue, reflection and excitement to help us shift into new models and take our collective work to the next level.  


This dialogue is an initiative of Globalicious, co-sponsored by IDEX and other global Bay Area based NGOs, to support us in our efforts to realize the transformation we all hope to see in the world through heartfelt, local, in person community gatherings across issues and organizations.   It is an evolving vision of bringing together the amazing women and men doing remarkable global work based here in the Bay. 


Globalicious explorer Mary Jane Marcus has spent 25 years doing her best to make a difference, starting with a peace exchange to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, developing a regional model for the care of children in refugee camps in Rwanda, and more recently co-creating an Innovation Lab for socially-good software development in Southeast Asia.  She is on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Association Film Festival,  California Committee North of Human Rights Watch as well as the US leadership team for several Africa-based community projects.




Tapestries of Solidarity: a community inquiry
What is it to be a global ally, and how can each of us strengthen our relationships in creative and inspiring ways?
a 3 part heart-centered participatory exploration  (come for 1 or more)

Gathering 1: Monday, June 4th, 6-8:30 pm (at IDEX): "Women's" circle with creative arts/reflection, with Emem Okon visiting from the Niger Delta (men welcome)  RSVP here.
Gathering 2: Thursday, June 28th, 6-8:30 pm (at IDEX) - World cafe and circle with Susan Partnow, world cafe expert, compassionate listening trainer, and others (still TBD)  RSVP here.
Celebration/connection (3) :  Sunday, July 29th, 1-3:30 pm (at Kokkari) - we will end the series with a celebration at my "home" - my family's restaurant Kokkari.   brief dialogue and celebration/connection over Greek tea and meze.  Suggested $10 donation. RSVP here.


Join Us 


Join us for a 3 part dialogue exploring how we in the Bay Area can work with, be with, stand with, be in solidarity with our grassroots partners and friends around the world.   We will “sit together” under the Baobab just as people have done through millenia, reflecting together on our global village and how to support each other in our work.

Through interactive dialogue, reflection, and community building exercises, we will spend time grappling with and listening for wisdom to guide our work. The intention is to create a fun, supportive space to weave together our experiences and insights into something greater than any of us could uncover individually. 

Why we want YOU to join us

We need YOU and your perspective and experience.  All of us are doing the best to make a difference in the world, and some of us wonder…how can we be more effective? How can we be with each other in ways that will more likely lead to the transformation we all hope to see?   How can we support each other HERE locally in this journey?  How can we bring more of who we are into our partnerships?  

New paradigms and visions are emerging, and we need space, dialogue, reflection and excitement to help us shift into new models and take our collective efforts to the next level.  We also hope to strengthen interconnections between people and organizations who are connected globally and based in the Bay Area. 

The hope is that we will come away with…

  • Collective wisdom on these questions and your questions
  • Deeper connections  (and a sense of interconnection) to other globally-engaged in the Bay Area than typical events, and a stronger community.

Each gathering will build on the previous.  The questions that arise in the first circle will form the basis of the world cafe dialogue, and we hope that people will experiment between gatherings with new approaches they want to use.  Most events are single-time, so this model is experimenting with sustained interaction over time.  We know people are busy, so we are hoping you will join us for all three, but it is not necessary.  Each gathering will be its own experience.  We will be informed by people who have thought deeply about these questions, but we will rely primarily not on experts but on our personal collective wisdom to guide us.   Let’s have fun!

What is Globalicious

The intention of Globalicious is to support the community of Bay Area globally-engaged in realizing the transformation we all hope to see in the world through heartfelt in-person community gatherings. We are experimenting with different methods of community gathering to see what resonates and works.    This is related to a larger initiative to create a sustained gathering space for all of us - a room of our own.

We’ve identified several dimensions of heartfelt support for deepening community engagement:

  1. Breathing ROOM:  space to decompress, listen for what matters
  2. Shared INQUIRY  (gathering “Under the Baobab” as a community)
  3. Connecting with what YOU LOVE

Thank you for all that you do!

Questions or want to help?  

Contact Mary Jane at 415-269-9079, or visit

Have questions about Tapestries of Solidarity: Circle & World Cafe (gathering 2 of 3)? Contact Globalicious SF

When & Where

333 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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