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.
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
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
When I used to code and had to focus, I needed a quiet room without interruptions but today when I write far more than I code, I find that working in a coffee-shop is more conducive to my thinking and writing. Noise I have often commented or reflected on this phenomenon but here is some research … Continue reading Noise and distractions can boost your creativity
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This an interesting story where no one wished to move tables in one of my one Knowledge Cafés. [Status: stub – I need to write this story] Last updated: 16th September, 2016 Continue reading We don’t want to move!
Everything is fragmented. The more you structure material, the more you summarize, the more you make material specific to a context or time, the less utility that material has as things change. Credit: Dave Snowden And today, things are changing more rapidly then ever. It is thus not surprising then that information is becoming more … Continue reading Everything is fragmented
I have my views. Some I hold firmly, some I do not. All of them, each and every one of them I am open to being questioned about. To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control … Continue reading Strong opinions, weakly held
I always say when I describe the Gurteen Knowledge Café process that anything that gets in the way of the free flow of the conversation is a bad thing. I took part in World Café recently, and it reminded me of why I do things differently in the Gurteen Knowledge Café. First: No table hosts. … Continue reading Knowledge Café or World Café
The following seven World Café design principles are a set of ideas and practices that form the basis of the World Café process. 1) Set the Context Pay attention to the reason you are bringing people together, and what you want to achieve. Knowing the purpose and parameters of your meeting enables you to consider … Continue reading World Café design principles