Words: Rhiannon Thomas
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The Legal Changemakers’ Café is an initiative by a group of lawyers who call themselves Forrest Webb.

Forrest Webb envisions a world where through the transformative power of law, all people are able to pursue their lives in an authentic way that sustainably serves a more peaceful, loving, and just world. Lawyers are society’s trusted advisors, peacemakers, problem-solvers, and changemakers.

This evolving group met for the first time in 2017 in Almelo, The Netherlands which you may have read about in the second edition of this magazine. In September 2017, some of the original group and some others met in Mallorca and it was there that the idea for the Legal Changemakers’ Cafés was born. The initial inspiration was based on the need for a connecting space for conscious lawyers around the world. The first café was held in London in November 2017 and since then there have been more cafes held in London, one in Denver and an online café which was attended by people from the UK, USA, Europe and South Africa. There are plans to hold cafes in Amsterdam and Milan in the near future.

The Legal Changemakers’ Café is an open, supportive and respectful space for lawyers and others to connect, share, grow, and collaborate. Each Café lasts 90 minutes, and is facilitated to allow each voice to be properly heard. Those attending a Café can expect to take away insights and learning that they can apply in their own practice. Usually a speaker has 6 minutes to share after which there is a facilitated discussion.  The intention is that those attending Cafés can as a result be more effective agents for change.

Participants have described the cafes as ‘stimulating’, ‘nourishing’, ‘deep connection’, ‘brilliant opportunity to … get energised’ and ‘a great place to find your way and your soul as a lawyer’.

Keep an eye out on Facebook or via email for the next café. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. We’d love you to join us! For more general information about the Legal Changemakers’ Cafés and Forrest Webb: www.forrestwebb.net

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