The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library at 650 Main St., Edmonds.
The World Café is a trademarked forum for engaging people in “conversations that matter,” according to The World Café Community Foundation. The nonprofit organization developed the World Café vehicle over 20 years ago for social engagement, innovation and positive community change.
According to a Diversity Commission announcement, the basic framework of a World Café is to invite community members to a venue “with a number of communal tables where healthy discussion is triggered by a series of topics shared with participants at each table.” Usually about a half-dozen topics are discussed in succession at each table. All perspectives are encouraged.
“Central to our mission is to reach out and engage community members on current issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in and around Edmonds,” said Edmonds Diversity Commission Chair Diana White. “The World Café model provides a safe and engaging space for healthy discussion on what can sometimes be uncomfortable topics. In addition to providing an opportunity for community members to have a voice on these issues, the process will help the commission focus its work over the coming year.”
Topics will include the “Me Too” movement; business practices based on religious conviction; age-based discrimination; whether people of diverse backgrounds feel safe and welcome in Edmonds and other scenarios related to discrimination and inclusion.
Space is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to email Cindi Cruz at [email protected] by Oct. 10 to reserve a space.
The Plaza Room is ADA accessible. Refreshments will be served.