The World Café
Conversations That Matter
World Café is used to engage people, especially those who don't know one another, in authentic conversation, generate input, share knowledge and conduct in-depth exploration of key strategic challenges or opportunities in a very short period of time.
This easy to use method keeps people moving, thinking creatively and building on one another's ideas as they rotate from table to table. World Café replicates the spontaneous and productive conversations that often happen when people share meals. Paper tablecloths and crayons inspire doodling and jotting down ideas. Provocative questions, relating to the topic at hand, stimulate meaningful discussions.
Participants gather at small tables with each table focusing on a different questions that revolve around a strategic theme. The groups are small, 4-5 participants, with one of them serving as the host. After a set amount of time, typically 20-40 minutes all participants, except the host, move to another table. The host then introduces the insights and highlights from the previous conversation to the next group. World Café fosters collaborative dialogue, particularly in large groups, keeps people moving, thinking outside the box and building on one another's ideas as they rotate from table to table.
The end result is a harvest of key ideas and commitments for moving from thinking into action.
Christine is a World Café Regional Steward
FOR MORE INFORMATION on The World Café, check out the book:
The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations that Matter (Berrett-Koehler, 2005). http://www.theworldcafe.com