Care Cafe is a place - public or domestic place for people to gather - their wits, thoughts and comrades in action.
Since the results of Brexit and the US election, a lot of us are trying to figure out how to breathe through this present moment and look for ways to keep connected to each other while we figure out what to do about our future.
Care Cafe is a way to address some of these things.
How to Have a Care Cafe...
- Choose a place. (It can be a hall, a hallway, a meeting room or someone’s living room - even the corner of a real café.)
- Wrangle up some chairs and ideally a table or two. (If possible, room for people to move and mingle as well as sit and talk.)
- Leave the space mostly open for small group or one-to-one conversations. (There is no specific agenda or discussion topic.)
- Provide for food and drink. (This can be an informal, potluck table that is free and open to all. It’s fun to see what arrives and we can all serve and clean up after ourselves.)
- Music is optional. Remember that conversation is optimal.
- Make available one small and somewhat mindless task of care – something that needs to be done for someone or some group. (folding laundry, texting appeals, stamping mailings, cutting out cookies/art projects for kids, anything! There is something about doing something simple and mindless with your hands that keeps the conversation gentle, slow and flowing. Having everyone engaged independently but in the same or similar activity creates both autonomy and community.)
- Provide a way to share resources for action, activism and care. (Post-its, sign-up sheets, a wall poster, bulletin board or blackboard, video diary corner.)
- Document and log your activity on the Care Café Facebook community page. (that way we can stay connected and share care strategies.)
And remember that this is primarily a state of mind that we can carry with us, asking ourselves and others daily:
How can we maintain an attitude of care in such an uncaring world?
Care Cafe was conceived by Lois Weaver as a place – a real or virtual, public or domestic place for people to gather- their wits, thoughts and comrades in action. In response to this painful moment, she is proposing the Care Cafe as new call to conversation.