Cognitive Diversity Seeing and processing the world differently

When thinking about organizations or teams we most commonly think about diversity in terms of gender, race or age. But there is another form of diversity that is often overlooked – cognitive diversity. Cognitive diversity is where a team or organizational members have different perspectives and different styles of processing information. Scott Page in his book The … Continue reading Cognitive Diversity Seeing and processing the world differently

Al Jazeera Café The Al Jazeera Café is not just a debate. It is a conversation. A global conversation.

The Al Jazeera Cafe is about bringing people together around a table, from all backgrounds, all walks of life, in different corners of the world. Crucially, the show is always set, as the name suggests, in a cafe – whether in Amman, Jordan, Bradford England, or Mexico City, Mexico. There are no television studios, no invited … Continue reading Al Jazeera Café The Al Jazeera Café is not just a debate. It is a conversation. A global conversation.

The last of human freedoms The ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances

In 1989, I first read Stephen Covey’s  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and he introduced me to the life and work of Viktor Frankl. Viktor Frankl was an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In 1946, he wrote the book Man’s Search for Meaning. In his book, he begins with a deeply moving personal account of his imprisonment in … Continue reading The last of human freedoms The ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances

Three wishes

How would you go about solving the world’s problems? When I think about the problems of the world, I recall the game from my childhood (based on the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp) where you are told to pretend that a Genie has granted you three wishes, and you have to say for what you … Continue reading Three wishes

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

Knowledge Café Debate * Debate sharpens up the important aspects of the issue under discussion

The debate part of a Café Debate is clearly about debate but like regular Knowledge Cafés the Café conversation is still about dialogue – not debate. The debate serves to sharpen up and focus on the important aspects of the issue under discussion. Unlike a traditional debate the outcome is not some sort of verdict … Continue reading Knowledge Café Debate * Debate sharpens up the important aspects of the issue under discussion

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