Sept.'11 I received an email from Natasha Dalmia - who I never met or I never heard of before - with 'a basket of flowers that says Thank You'. This is what she wrote:
Dear Ria, Rainer,
Hi, this is my first mail to you ever - It is a pleasure to write to you both - Greetings from Singapore.
I got your mail ids from Andries, who revisited the roots of Pro Action Cafe with us as more of our hosts and guests are connecting with this practice and space.
Thanks to all of you, and Andries, who introduced it to us, we embarked on this journey of
Pro Action Cafe in Singapore since 2009, and it has been an amazing one.
Wish to share with you the harvest, something that I got inspired and found courage to do
when I recently attended Art of Hosting in Budapest and Thailand, 2011.
We are much grateful to you both for sharing this practice as humbly appreciated under 'The Pearls from far far away'.
Do feel free to advise us should anything emerge for you when you read the harvest. and also should you visit Singapore anytime.
Adding to this thread from a conversation on Facebook:
Hello fellow ProAction Cafe hosts - I am working with a group who is exploring the idea of having a regular salon/ProAction Cafe evening in their community. Having been in Europe recently I was re-inspired by the contribution this is to supporting action inside a community; to have an ongoing place, date and time where the community can come to move their ideas to wiser action.
My question to those of you who have been involved in hosting regular ProAction Cafe evenings: Looking back to your first few months, what did you learn about how to create momentum and traction? What advice do you have for someone who want to start a regular ProAction Cafe evening in their community? (Bonus: these folks already have a great physical space they will host out of.)
Ria Baeck Katrin is also involved since many, many years in Brussels. What did we learn? I guess it was about inviting and inviting and inviting... Rainer was great at doing that. The physical space is quite important! and of course: good hosting! all kind of folks like that.
We invited in the beginning all kind of questions - also sometimes very personal ones. and remind people, again and again, not to give solutions but to 'coach' people to find their own answers, somewhere within.
Natasha Dalmia is another person who held a Pro Action Café for years and years. She might also contribute here.
Waltraud and Holger Heller might also contribute from their experience in Vienna?