Webinar and Conversation Café Series
Welcome to the home base for our ongoing and growing Webinar and Conversation Café program!!
Through this online series the Work That Reconnects Network coordinates and provides a wide range of rich educational and supportive opportunities for our global community of WTR facilitators, members and friends of the Network.
Our offerings include a balance of events led by guest teachers from beyond the Network and those led by Facilitator Members of the Network. Our intent is to strengthen the web of the WTR community while also reaching beyond its current edges to weave deeper connections with others who are contributing to the Great Turning in diverse and complementary ways.
Webinars and Conversation Cafés led by Facilitator Members of the Network:
- Provide a diverse range of opportunities to learn from each other and build our internal network of support and education more meaningfully
- Offer Facilitator Members of the Network a chance to practice facilitation, experiment with new material and gain exposure within our growing global community
- Give Network Members the opportunity to become more involved in Network programs by suggesting, leading and joining projects and conversations that may arise from the Cafés
Guest teacher webinars:
- Provide inspiring, high quality content that complements the WTR and offers a wider base of support and perspective for our members and friends
- Allow for cross pollination and networking between the WTR Network and other groups or individuals actively involved with the Great Turning
- Provide opportunities to engage and learn from teachers with diverse backgrounds that are not historically represented in the WTR community. Intentional emphasis will be placed on learning directly from teachers from conventionally marginalized communities to grow into our Evolving Edge together and understand more deeply how power, privilege and oppression shape our global crises
Frequently Asked Questions…
What’s the difference between a Webinar and a Conversation Café?
A Webinar is an online class. It is designed in advance and facilitated by one or two facilitators or guest teachers. Webinars may include some amount of participant involvement in the form of Q/A, group discussion or breakout sessions, but are more focused on the material prepared by the facilitator(s).
Conversation Cafés are opportunities for group dialogue on a particular topic. Each Café will have a facilitator (or two) that will frame the conversation and hold space for the participants as they explore the topic at hand. The content of the Café is generated by the participants as they learn from and with each other.
Who can facilitate Webinars and Cafés?
Facilitator Members who would like to facilitate a Webinar or host a Café can submit a proposal by logging in to their account. You will find an option to “Submit a Webinar or Conversation Café Proposal” in your facilitator area. If you facilitate the WTR but haven’t registered as a Facilitator Member with the Network yet you can apply for membership here.
The Network will reach out to guest speakers from beyond the WTR community who have relevant and stimulating teachings or insights to share. If you have a suggestion for speakers for us to reach out to please let us know.
What topics are covered in Webinars and Cafés?
The themes explored in these Webinars and Cafés cover the full range of subjects relevant to our work in the Great Turning. Some topics that we’ll likely cover include: Foundations of the WTR (including Deep Time, Systems Thinking and the Spiral), Tips and Tools for Facilitators, Deep Adaptation, Indigenous Resilience, Working with Youth and Parents, Environmental Justice, etc.
How much do Webinars and Cafés cost and where does the money go?
In addition to providing valuable connections, education and support for our community, Webinars and Cafés provide a valuable stream of funding that supports and sustains the Network and allows us to continue growing our services.
Each Webinar and Café is offered by donation. We provide a suggested donation for each event and ask that you donate generously within your means to support the Network. However, no one is turned away for lack of funds and we encourage you to engage in the events even if you aren’t able to contribute financially.
A portion of the amount collected for each event goes to the facilitator of the event to honor their work and contribute to their livelihood. Donations also cover the tools, resources and staff hours each event requires. Whatever is donated above and beyond these expenses will go to the general operating fund of the Network to support our ongoing work.