Introduction: Conversational space ** Places for conversations

People are more productive when they’re alone … but they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together. Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together. Credit: Marissa Mayar [Status: stub – I plan to write a lot more about conversational space. This will be the introduction.] Last updated: 28th July, 2017 Continue reading Introduction: Conversational space ** Places for conversations

The Enlightenment Coffeehouses of 17th Century London I’d love to see the return of these old coffeehouses

The London coffeehouses of the 17th & 18th centuries were the engines of creation that helped drive the Enlightenment – the European intellectual movement of the time that emphasized reason and individualism rather than tradition. Their history is a fascinating one. Modern-day coffee shops such as the likes of Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffè Nero … Continue reading The Enlightenment Coffeehouses of 17th Century London I’d love to see the return of these old coffeehouses

Benjamin Franklin’s Junto Club Benjamin Franklin founded the Junto Club - a conversational society in 1727

Benjamin Franklin recognized the value of conversation and the importance of cognitive diversity in convening innovative conversations when he founded the Junto Club almost 300 years ago. In 1727, at the age of 21, Benjamin Franklin, who went on to become was one of the founding fathers of the United States founded the Junto Club. … Continue reading Benjamin Franklin’s Junto Club Benjamin Franklin founded the Junto Club – a conversational society in 1727

Stammtisch ** A table in a bar reserved for regular customers

The word Stammtisch is German. A Stammtisch is both a group of people, who meet regularly in a bar or restaurant, as well as the large table, around which the group gathers. Stammtisch tables are reserved for regular customers at which they hold friendly get-togethers. There are various types of Stammtisch groups. People may gather … Continue reading Stammtisch ** A table in a bar reserved for regular customers

Water Cooler Conversations ** Casual chat or gossip in the workplace

A water cooler is a machine that dispenses cold drinking water, especially in an office. A water cooler conversation is thus a casual conversation that people have when having a short break and meeting accidentally at the water cooler in their office or workplace. More generally, people can come together and chat or gossip at … Continue reading Water Cooler Conversations ** Casual chat or gossip in the workplace

Salon ** A gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host

A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. Credit: Wikipedia Resources Wikipedia: Salon Wikipedia: The Salons of  Early Modern Revolutionary France Last updated: 29th July, 2017 Continue reading Salon ** A gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host

The Dewaniya ** A reception area where a Kuwaiti man receives his business colleagues and male guests

The dewaniya – a form of Kuwaiti Knowledge Cafe? During my recent trip to Kuwait, I discovered a feature unique to Kuwaiti culture – a dewaniya. While running a Knowledge Café workshop, someone commented: “So the Knowledge Cafe is a little like a dewaniya.” – to which I replied, “What’s a dewaniya?” It was explained … Continue reading The Dewaniya ** A reception area where a Kuwaiti man receives his business colleagues and male guests