Welcome to the World Café
Shaping our Futures through
Conversations that Matter
14 October 2010
Today’s Program
■ World Café in the Global Context
■ World Café Experience
Dinner
■ World Café Design Guidelines
■ World Café Application
The World Café
Shaping Our Futures
Through Conversations
That Matter
Translated into 10 languages
including Spanish, Portuguese,
Japanese & Chinese
Selected in January 2010 by
Prime Minister of Japan as 1 of
28 books that will be essential
to Japan’s future
The capacity to see the world of the
“other” sounds simple, but it is not. Yet it
is the core of creating a new human
history together.
The World Café and this book serve as an
inspiration to help make that possible.
Lic. Esteban Moctezuma Barragan,
Mexico’s Former Minister of Social Development
The World Café is a simple yet powerful method
for large and small groups of people to:
• foster collaborative dialogue
• share and create new knowledge
• build community
• inspire collective action
Café Outcomes
1. Communication Across Silos
2. Broad Engagement on Strategic Initiatives
3. Create Shared Direction, Momentum for Action
4. Cross Pollinate Learning, Generate New Insight
5. Build Community and Trust
6. Uncovering Deeper Issues
CAFE ETIQUETTE
Listen to understand.
Focus on what matters
Contribute your thinking
Speak your mind and heart
Link and connect ideas
Listen together for insights and deeper questions.
Doodle – on your tablecloths
Have Fun!
■ 3 Rounds of Conversation at 3 Different Tables
• Different Question for Each Round
• Use Talking Piece
• Look for Themes & Connections
• Relax & Enjoy!
■ Harvest Collective Insight & Learning
■ Connect to Next Steps
Café Round 1:
Say hello 
Share a story of a conversation that
made a real difference for you
What happened?
What made the conversation possible?
What happened after?
What made it meaningful for you?
Café Travelling Instructions…
• One person stays as host
• Others move to different tables
• Host welcomes new people
• Wait for next question
Café Round 2:
Begin by sharing one idea, theme or
insight from your last round
Then, share a story of a conversation that
made a real difference for someone else
What happened?
What made the conversation possible?
How did you know it was meaningful?
What happened after?
Café Travelling Instructions…
• One person stays as host
• Others move to different tables
• Host welcomes new people
• Wait for next question
Café Round 3:
Share one nugget from your last round
What themes, connections and insights are
you seeing from your first two rounds?
What are you learning about what makes a
conversation “matter”?
Harvesting our
Collective Wisdom
Themes, connections, insights…
New questions or ideas…
Dinner
World Café
DESIGN PRINCIPLES
(powerful when used
together!)
CAFÉ ASSUMPTIONS
The knowledge
and wisdom we
need is already
present and
accessible
Honoring
unique
contributions
Collective
insight evolves
from…
Intelligence
emerges as the
system connects
to itself in
creative ways
Noticing new
possibilities
Listening
into the
center
Connecting
ideas
Outcomes are better when they are informed by:
• Diversity of Perspectives
• Cross Pollination of Ideas
• Attention to Meta Level Themes & Patterns
• Questions that Matter to People
When Designing a Café, Consider…
1. What is my Purpose and Intention?
2. How can I invite people so that my
Purpose and Intention come through?
3. Who needs to be in the room?
4. Who will you partner with?
- to design the Café questions
- to “make it happen”
5. What are the questions that matter?
Questions are intrinsically related to action,
they spark and direct attention, perception,
energy and effort…
Creativity requires asking genuine
questions, those to which an answer is not
already known.
Questions function as open-handed
invitations to creativity, calling forth that
which doesn’t yet exist.
-Marilee Goldberg Adams
The Art of the Question
The World Café
www.theworldcafe.com
[email protected]
All images used in this presentation are part of the
World Café Community Creative Commons
We see a movement from the traditional
view that talk and action are separate
to an understanding of conversation as a
core process for creating our world
Outcomes are better when they are informed by:
• Diversity of Perspectives
• Cross Pollination of Ideas
• Attention to Meta Level Themes & Patterns
• Questions that Matter to People
And…We have the Capacity, Creativity and Wisdom
to Address our most Challenging Issues!
Connection + Conversation bring Intelligence to Life!
Endorsements
Understanding the World Café’s fascinating
model of a living social system is essential for the
understanding of life and leadership in human
organizations.
Fritjof Capra,
author of Web of Life and The Hidden Connections
Endorsements
The challenge of leadership in these times of
breathtaking speed and exhausting complexity is
to find creative ways to embrace the future, and
let of the past. World Café dialogue provides us
the opportunity to do just that.
Paul Borawski,
ED and Chief Strategic Offer,
America Society for Quality
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