Knowledge Café: The process * How to run a Knowledge Café

The Café is highly adaptable to many different purposes and should be designed to meet a particular purpose. Consider this description of the process as a starting point for your thinking and not a prescriptive recipe. People are invited to the Café. They are not mandated to participate. A Café is a gathering, not a meeting. … Continue reading Knowledge Café: The process * How to run a Knowledge Café

Knowledge Café: The host * The role of the Knowledge Café host

The role of the Knowledge Café host is an important one. Their job is to facilitate lightly the conversational process that is the core of the Café. The success or failure of a Café is in their hands. The first point to make is that a Café host does not need to be a professional facilitator. And although … Continue reading Knowledge Café: The host * The role of the Knowledge Café host

Knowledge Café: The speaker The role of the Knowledge Café speaker

The Knowledge Café conversation is normally triggered by a speaker giving a short talk to set the theme or context of the Café and then posing a question to the participants though other trigger mechanisms can be used. The speaker is often the Café Host or Café Owner depending on the purpose of the Café. … Continue reading Knowledge Café: The speaker The role of the Knowledge Café speaker

Knowledge Café: Small group conversations The small group conversations are the heart of the Café

In the Knowledge Café, the essence of the small group conversations is to get as close to a natural conversation as possible such as one in a coffee shop. In a Café, no one is in control of the conversation, no one typically takes notes and to the greatest degree, possible everyone is equal. The … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Small group conversations The small group conversations are the heart of the Café

Knowledge Café: Moving between groups Don't over complicate it

In a Knowledge Café, there are usually three rounds of conversation each lasting 10 to 15 minutes. At the end of each round of conversation, you need to ask the participants to change tables or groups. This request can be made overly complicated by prescribing some mechanistic way to move. For example, by telling two people from … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Moving between groups Don’t over complicate it

Knowledge Café: Sharing actionable insights * One idea, lesson learned or insight taken away from a Café

More often than not in a Café, the outcomes are what the participants take away in their heads. And so it is useful not only to glean some idea of what that is, not just for the sponsor of the Café but the participants themselves. One easy and efficient way of doing this is to ask … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Sharing actionable insights * One idea, lesson learned or insight taken away from a Café

Knowledge Café: Doodling Doodling can get in the way of the conversation

In the World Cafe and in many workshops, tables are covered in paper and a variety of colored pens are provided so that people can doodle while they are engaged in conversation. Many people love to doodle as they talk and their is research that shows it actually improves our thinking. But I find it … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Doodling Doodling can get in the way of the conversation