The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations that Matter

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
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The World Café process has been used by tens of thousands of people around the world to tackle real-life issues. Based on seven key principles, it begins with small, intimate conversations at café -style tables; these gatherings then link and build on each other as people move between groups and cross-pollinate ideas. In this way, Café learning enables even very large groups to think together creatively in a single, connected conversation. This complete resource explains the Café concept and provides readers with the tools they need to get started. Each chapter opens with stories from business, education, government, and community organizations, each a dramatic example of how leaders are using this process in the real world. Such stories underline the Café 's immediate, practical implications for meeting and conference design, strategy formation, knowledge creation, and large-scale systems change. The book includes a foreword by best-selling author Margaret J. Wheatley, an afterword by author Peter Senge, and real-world stories of the Café process in action at Hewlett-Packard, the nation of Singapore, and the University of Texas.
  

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User Review  - dmcolon - LibraryThing

World Cafe is one of those books that I didn't really enjoy reading, but did love the message. The basic premise is centered around developing meaningful conversations on "questions that matter". The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Naomi - Goodreads

Juanita Brown and David Isaacs share stories and techniques of their methods for community dialogue and engagement to foster innovation, healing, and strengthening. Recommended for those interested in reviving and renewing communities or businesses and also for leaders. Read full review

Contents

Beginning the Conversation An Invitation to the World Café
1
Seeing the Invisible Conversation Matters
12
Conversation as a Core Process CoCreating Business and Social Value
26
Principle 1 Set the Context
42
Principle 2 Create Hospitable Space
60
Principle 3 Explore Questions That Matter
78
Principle 4 Encourage Everyones Contribution
94
Principle 5 CrossPollinate and Connect Diverse Perspectives
106
Conversational Leadership Cultivating Collective Intelligence
176
The Call of Our Times Creating a Culture of Dialogue
196
How Can We Talk It Through?
212
Discovering the Magic of Collective Creativity
217
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
221
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
226
RESOURCES AND CONNECTIONS
229
BIBLIOGRAPHY
233

Principle 6 Listen Together for Patterns Insights and Deeper Questions
122
Principle 7 Harvest and Share Collective Discoveries
138
Guiding the Café Process The Art of Hosting
154
INDEX
236
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
242
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Forum adviser Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, president of a communications strategy company, are the co-originators of the World Cafe.

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