Introduction: Knowledge Café Space

The physical space in which a Knowledge Café is held should be chosen and configured with care. The following aspects should be taken into consideration: Café venue Café room Café tables Café with no tables Room layout Café refreshments Photo Credits:   Lauren Gurteen (Attribution) Last updated: 2nd June, 2016

Knowledge Café: Choosing the tables Small round tables are best

The best conversations are held when people are sitting in touching distance of each other. Further than that, it is difficult to have an intimate conversation. And the ideal number of participants in a conversation  is three or four. So the table shown below is an ideal size for a Knowledge Café. So is this one: Small … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Choosing the tables Small round tables are best

Knowledge Café: Cafés with no tables Small tables are better than no tables

Sometimes, when the room is too small and the number of participants large it is necessary to run a Café without any tables. I have learned over the years that although it is tempting not to have any tables as they can get in the way of the conversation and although many facilitators suggest not … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Cafés with no tables Small tables are better than no tables

Knowledge Café: Flip charts and butcher paper Avoid them

One of the fundamental principles of the Knowledge Café is that anything that gets in the way of the free flow of the conversation is a bad thing and should be eliminated. Another principle is that everyone is equal.  Flip charts and butcher paper on tables contravene both of these principles, and in general, you should … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Flip charts and butcher paper Avoid them

Knowledge Café: Refreshments Refreshments are good

Refreshments are an important ingredient of any Knowledge Café, although they are not absolutely essential. After all, the Cafe is a metaphor for a conversation over coffee, a glass of wine or a light meal. Integrated into the Café process well, refreshments can complement the social interaction and conversations between the participants but done badly … Continue reading Knowledge Café: Refreshments Refreshments are good

Knowledge Cafés in a lecture theatre Cafés can even be run in lecture theatres

I would not advise it unless you have a choice but Knowledge Cafés can be held in a lecture theatre. As you can see in the photos – it is possible but the small groups are too large and widely scattered.  There is no intimacy and no real energy in the room. [Status: stub] Last … Continue reading Knowledge Cafés in a lecture theatre Cafés can even be run in lecture theatres

Knowledge Cafés at conferences Not the best of environments but possible

I have often run Knowledge Cafés at conferences. Conference settings are rarely ideal for a Café, but they are possible.   A Gurteen Knowledge Cafe at the KM Egypt conference in Cairo, Egypt in September 2010. This video is 50 minutes in length and covers most of the Café. I start the session with a … Continue reading Knowledge Cafés at conferences Not the best of environments but possible