The World Café is a method for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter in real life situations. It is a provocative metaphor...as we create our lives, our organizations, and our communities, we are, in effect, moving among ‘table conversations’ at the World Café. (From The World Café Resource Guide at www.theworldcafe.com)
What is World Café Good For?
A World Café is a great way of fostering interaction and dialogue with both large and small groups. It is particularly effective in surfacing the collective wisdom of large groups of diverse people. The café format is very flexible and adapts to many different purposes – information sharing, relationship building, deep reflection exploration and action planning.
When planning a café, make sure to leave ample time for both moving through the rounds of questions (likely to take longer than you think!) and some type of whole-group harvest.
Operating Principles of World Cafe:
Assumptions of World Cafe:
General Flow of a World Café:
World Cafe overview
A brief guide for hosting a World Cafe
The World Cafe community has a beautiful online presence and share many resources and tools online.
The World Cafe User's guide, containing practice stories and application tips.