Inclusiveness on the menu of the next World Café

February 5 online event to promote a gender-inclusive culture

A public forum is planned by volunteers to promote an inclusive culture on the Sunshine Coast, using a model originally designed for in-person dialogue and recently adapted to an online environment.

“World Café: Exploring Questions of Self-Identity and Self-Expression” will be a lively 90-minute discussion on the Zoom web conferencing platform, according to its organizer, Gibsons resident Laurel Sukkau. It should take place on Saturday, February 5.

Sukkau, who is part of the baby boomer generation, said the idea was born out of the challenges she faced when communicating with young people about gender identity issues.

“The question ‘What sex are you?’ doesn’t seem to come as much in my generation,” Sukkau said. “I think a topic like this is an example of how we can feel threatened by changes we don’t understand. We listen with caution.

World Café participants will identify potential actions that can be taken in their families and communities in response to concerning trends in Canadian society.

A study last year by Statistics Canada showed an increase in hate crimes targeting sexual orientation, with a 41% increase between 2018 and 2019 alone.

More recently, a nationwide survey conducted by the same federal agency found that participants of diverse gender identities experienced almost three times the rate of discrimination than male participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gender-diverse individuals are those who do not identify exclusively as women or men.

The World Café model was originally conceived by business leaders and academics in the mid-1990s as a way to break large group discussions into intimate face-to-face conversations that explore the building blocks of a specific question.

The methodology was then codified by the World Café Stewardship Council, an American non-profit organization. Its seven design principles, including “Create Hospitable Space” and “Connect Diverse Perspectives,” are being redesigned for a virtual setting by Sukkau and five volunteer animators from Sechelt and Gibsons.

Metamorphosis comes naturally to Sukkau. She is co-founder of the Encompass project, a multimedia initiative that offers an online platform for storytellers and artists; Encompass itself grew out of his involvement with a local Toastmasters club. She also holds a second degree black belt in Shito-Ryu Satokai Karate and teaches traditional Japanese martial arts at the Kaigan Shito-Ryu Karate dojo in Roberts Creek.

The World Café event promises to be less combative and more constructive, though Sukkau is quick to draw connections between karate and paradigm shifts.

“You make small adjustments. You find your way to alignment and then move more easily and naturally,” she said. “It’s getting in touch with that authentic self that’s not built on preconceptions and judgments.”

“[The World Café] will train muscles that we may not be used to training.

Although there is no cost to participate in the World Café discussion, the number of participants in the World Café is limited. Registration is available by browsing the list of local events on

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