Engagement Café * Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.

An Engagement Café is a form of Knowledge Café designed to help people engage with an issue such as a new policy or procedure. The problem Individuals and work groups in organizations, frequently write policy documents and document processes or procedures. They set out principles by which people should work. They set out strategies and … Continue reading Engagement Café * Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.

Future Café * Explore trends and issues that shape, influence and impact the future

A Future Café is a form of Knowledge Café designed to explore trends and issues that shape, influence or in some away impact the future. The Purpose A Future Café is not about making decisions or reaching consensus. The value of a Future Café is in getting the participants to engage with an issue and to … Continue reading Future Café * Explore trends and issues that shape, influence and impact the future

Idea Café * A conversation to solve problems or generate ideas

An Idea Café is a conversational method used to solicit ideas on a particular issue, problem or opportunity for which you are looking for creative suggestions. It is an adaptation of the Knowledge Café and avoids many of the criticisms of the traditional brainstorm process. Capturing stuff during a Knowledge Café. Resources Article: Groupthink: The brainstorming myth by … Continue reading Idea Café * A conversation to solve problems or generate ideas

Idea Campaign Café * A series of focused conversations to generate ideas

An Idea Campaign Café is a conversational method that you can use to solicit ideas on a particular issue, problem or opportunity for which you are looking for creative suggestions. It draws upon the conversational power of the Idea Café (a variant of the Knowledge Café) and the Randomised Coffee Trial processes. Background Many organizations use suggestion boxes to … Continue reading Idea Campaign Café * A series of focused conversations to generate ideas

Scenario Café

A Scenario Café is like a regular Café, but it is triggered by a situation rather than a talk. A speaker or the host tells a story, ideally a true one, of a dilemma or stressful situation and asks the Café participants to discuss what they would have done in that situation. Here is an … Continue reading Scenario Café

Café style meetings

In our daily work, one of the places where most of our conversations happen are in face-to-face group meetings such as board meetings, staff meetings, team meetings, management meetings, project meetings, etc. These meetings typically occupy a large part of the work time but are rarely productive, never mind satisfying. There is a very clear need … Continue reading Café style meetings

Marketing Café

Resources Blog Post: Stimulating Conversation And The Marketing Cafe by Andrew Armour Stimulating Conversation And The Marketing Cafe Blog Post: On Cafe Conversations, Connections & Collaboration by Andrew Armour On Cafe Conversations, Connections & Collaboration Blog Post: Book Review – A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger. Part One by Andrew Armour Book Review – A More … Continue reading Marketing Café

Strategic Conversations *

Conversational Leadership takes root when leaders see their organizations as dynamic webs of conversation and consider conversation as a core process for effecting positive systemic change. Taking a strategic approach to this core process can not only grow intellectual and social capital but also provide a collaborative advantage in our increasingly networked world. Credit: Thomas … Continue reading Strategic Conversations *

Innovation Café

[Status: work in progress – this is an old document based on some work I did for a client in 2009. It needs a complete review and rewrite.] The Business Purpose of an Innovation Café The core purpose of the Innovation Café (or iCafe) is to identify business issues – business objectives, business problems, opportunities … Continue reading Innovation Café

Conference Café An ideal way to close a conference

The Knowledge Café is an ideal way to close a conference. You can run one in as little as 1 hour. [Status: stub – expand on this and explain how the Cafe can be used to reflect on the learning from a conference at the end of day.] Last updated: 21st March, 2017

QuestionStorming Café Questions can be more powerful than answers at times

  The purpose of a Questionstorm Café is not to come up with ideas but to generate questions. Designing a Café to come up with lots of powerful questions around a problem, a challenge or an issue is a creative way of provoking people’s thought processes and ultimately coming up with deeper insights or better ideas on … Continue reading QuestionStorming Café Questions can be more powerful than answers at times

Focus Group Café An improvement on traditional focus groups?

There are many ways to obtain people’s opinions and their feedback. Let’s look at three of the most common. Surveys The first is the ubiquitous questionnaire or survey form. It’s cheap and convenient but not that effective. Most people hate completing such forms and so do it quickly without much thought or reflection. To add to … Continue reading Focus Group Café An improvement on traditional focus groups?

Espresso Café * Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages

Sometimes, particularly in a conference, there is not enough time to run a full Knowledge Café. An Espresso Café is one that can be run in as little as half-an-hour. An Espresso coffee has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages and an Espresso Knowledge Café has more conversation per unit of time … Continue reading Espresso Café * Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages