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
The process could not be simpler:
- The host gives a short talk, concluding with the question. (5 minutes)
- The participants are asked to reflect silently on the question. (2 minutes)
- The participants are invited to turn to each other in twos and threes to discuss the question. (10 minutes)
- If the participants are sitting at small tables in groups of 3 or 4 turning to each other ins twos or threes is not necessary but often at conferences, people are sitting in groups as large as 8 conference tables or in neat rows as in a lecture theater.
- The host brings the whole group back together to share their thoughts. (10 minutes)
- The host asks the participants to write one actionable insight on a card. The host gathers the cards. (3 minutes)
- After the event, the host collects in the cards. And a day or two later the distributes a summary of the insights to the participants by email.
That’s the essence of it, but of course, you can tweak the process in all sorts of ways. The completion of the cards, for example, could be skipped.
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