|A creative, group process to forge collaborative dialogue, share knowledge and generate possibilities for action in groups of any size.
The environment is set up in a café style. Every table is decked with a paper cloth, marker pens and some refreshments. Small groups of people sit around the tables and are invited to conduct a series of conversations on one or two significant topics defined by the organizer(s). The paper cloth acts as a canvas, or note pad, which everyone is encouraged to use to track their ideas by either drawing, writing, or creating mind maps. The conversations are usually given a time limit, when reached, all, except the table host, change tables to converse with a new mix of people. Prior to the beginning of the next round of conversations the ideas of the previous group, mapped on the tablecloths, are presented, facilitating the basis for new discussions. Once all rounds of conversation are complete, a discussion is initiated to transmit feedback, sharing the ideas and insights from all the groups. From this collective activity patterns emerge, knowledge is gleaned and possibilities for action realized. See also: Round Robin
|Organizing a World Café|
Step by Step
This methodology does not have to be strictly followed. It can be adapted according to the aim of the session and its outcomes.
|Cafetogo||A quick reference guide for putting conversations to work…
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|World Café Method||A quick guide to the world Café Method
|Below you have a list of selected web-sites where you can find additional information about Knowledge café.|
|World Café Online Community||The World Café Online Community Space: A great place to ask for ideas and advice.|
|The Art of Powerful Questions||This article outlines how to gather insights by articulating questions that encourage reflection, openness and creativity.|
|A World Café Hosting Guide||This resource provides guidance on the key aspects to keep in mind when planning and implementing a world café, including specific advice for table hosts.|
|World Café||This video outlines the core processes and principles of the world café, focussing especially on the importance of conversations.|