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The World Urban Cafes are an innovative series of discussion and performance events on urban issues, taking place before and during the World Urban Forum (WUF) and World Youth Forum (WYF) to be held in Vancouver in June 2006. The World Urban Cafe events unite and engage diverse youth and their communities, while showcasing their ideas, action projects, and culture. To date there have been 68 Cafés on 4 continents, with over 20,000 participants. World Urban Cafes have set a new standard for community engagement, having engaged some of the most marginalized communities in the world. From the slums of Delhi and Nairobi, to aboriginal communities in Columbia, to the downtown eastside of Vancouver, World Urban Cafés are allowing the voices of these communities to be heard at the World Urban Forum. To find out about upcoming World Urban Cafe events, visit www.eya.ca/wuf. To take part in an online World Cafe, go to www.takingitglobal.org/themes/urban.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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