The Knowledge Café metaphor A metaphor for the type of conversation you have in a Café

“Knowledge Café” is not just a name for a conversational method that brings people together in conversation but a metaphor for the process. The term “café,” frequently written as “cafe” without the e-acute accent, comes from the French and means “coffee.” And of course, a café is a small restaurant which mostly serves coffee, tea, … Continue reading The Knowledge Café metaphor A metaphor for the type of conversation you have in a Café

Knowledge Café outcomes ** The outcomes are what you take away in your head

In each and every Café conversation regardless of the purpose or the topic of conversation there are always the following personal outcomes that are taken way in people’s heads: Deeper understanding of the issues discussed Deeper insight into other people’s perspectives Better appreciation of your own point of view Improved relationships Deeper engagement, personal accountability … Continue reading Knowledge Café outcomes ** The outcomes are what you take away in your head

What’s new about the Knowledge Café? ** In some ways it is not new but in others it is

There is nothing new about the Knowledge Café or is there? When people say that something is not new, they usually mean that they are familiar with the concept and it’s in common practice. To my mind, when this objection is leveled at the Knowledge Café – it means that they do not fully understand … Continue reading What’s new about the Knowledge Café? ** In some ways it is not new but in others it is

Knowledge Cafés and Communities of Practice ** There is a difference

What is the difference between a Knowledge Café and a Community of Practice (CoP)? Etienne Wenger defines a Community of Practice as a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact on a regular basis. A Knowledge Café, on … Continue reading Knowledge Cafés and Communities of Practice ** There is a difference

Knowledge Café applications ** The Knowledge Café is a highly adaptable tool

The Knowledge Café is a highly adaptable conversational tool that has a broad spectrum of applications. At one end of the spectrum, the Café is an easy way to bring people together to share their knowledge and to learn from each other and to build relationships. Mid-way along the spectrum, it can help transform management … Continue reading Knowledge Café applications ** The Knowledge Café is a highly adaptable tool