Inspiration Weaving in the Region

by Sarah Whiteley on September 19, 2011

On Saturday, 09/10/2011, 21:00, in front of the Tel – Aviv and throughout Israel, 1000 tables set the stage for a Round Table Discussion / World Cafe:

מהו אותו צדק חברתי שהעם דורש? What is it requires people to social justice?

A skype interview with Danny Gal – co-initiator and co-host of the event was hosted by Maria Bakari in Rhodes.  Their dialogue illuminated the story, preparations & processes plus the excitement and clarities flowing since the event.  They also shared essences that will continue to inform and inspire many other movements, including here in Greece – as well nourish the inspirations already woven in the field thus far. Danny, Maria and I have traveled far together…and have co-inspired each others personal journeys – and also, now our nation’s journeys.

Here Danny’s email shares his inspirations from the event:

Dear friends,

We have done it! 10,000 people, 1000 round tables with facilitators, 40 places all over Israel. Amazing experience of collective wisdom and a call for wake up and social action and innovation.

I am still full of adrenalin and can’t really grasp. Here are some pictures. It was amazing to hear the productive silence of 5000 people in Tel Aviv (main event) discussing the future of our country.

We could not believe when we saw so many people attending and saying YES to our invitation to be part of the co-creation of the future of the democratic and just Israel.

Everyone could feel the power of Being together, listening and respecting the other. For many people it was a first experience in such a dialogue and it was an eye opener.

I am proud that it happened in Israel, a place that is so often associated with violence and troubles. The silent majority are people who believe in dialogue, respect and accepting the other.

The social technologies that we have learned in the last 20 years from the World Cafe, Open Space, Circle practice and others was now the platform to enable this miracle.

As you can see I am still under a kind of positive-spiritual awe. The ripples of this have just begun.
I invite all of you to take if forward. We feel an integral part of the world in that sense.

We are all part of one tissue that is now vibrating. time to act. A big thank you to all of you who sent support emails and funds.

Danny Gal on behalf of many great people who made this happen.

p.s. we are collecting all the inputs from all the 1000 tables and putting them in an open-source manner in the formal website of the social-protest in Israel: (in Hebrew).

Also, We are collecting all the practical initiatives that people have suggested and creating an “Initiative Market” here:,il. Please pay it forward

Danny Gal
Co-Founder, Hub Tel-Aviv

Mazol tov Danny & Friends!!  Congratulations!!

Finally, I share Maria Scordialos’ question she wrote in her email to Danny, “How do we unite our learning in the region – as we journey to wholeness?”

And for me, inspired from Juanita’s vision for the World Cafe:  How do we live the World as Cafe?

Let’s continue: Join us for the Global Virtual World Cafe