We must establish a personal connection with each other. Connection before content. Without relatedness, no work can occur. Credit: Peter Block Connection before content is a principal that should run through everything we do. It can apply to meetings, projects, conversations, email correspondence, presentations and more. Before we try to get down to any serious … Continue reading Connection before content * Without relatedness, no work can occur
Collective Sensemaking is a conversational event where people intentionally come together for the purpose of using their varied perspectives and cognitive abilities to make sense of an issue or problem they are mutually facing. Credit: Nancy Dixon Sensemaking is the process by which people give meaning to experience. Credit: Wikipedia Sensemaking is the ability or … Continue reading Collective Sensemaking The Knowledge Café is a powerful collective sensemaking tool
Why is it that so frequently in conferences when it comes to the Q&A people grandstand – in other words rather than ask a question they give a speech? I think that often it is because it is the only opportunity they get to talk rather than be “talked at”. The need to express their … Continue reading Are there any questions?
Knowledge is laid down in long-term memory in our minds from experience and years of study and informal learning. Knowledge only exists in the human mind. We are not entirely sure how it is stored, but we know that it is not stored as a list of questions and answers as you might find in a … Continue reading Sharing Knowledge through Face-to-Face Conversation * Is how knowledge is best shared
In a Knowledge Café, there is usually no report outs. When the participants reconvene in a circle after their small group conversations, they take part in a large group conversation. In this session, everyone shares their thoughts and insights. There are no table hosts or chairpeople who report back what was discussed in their small groups. … Continue reading Report Outs
We learn when we talk. Learning is a big part of what the Café is all about and at the center of Café conversational philosophy. When we have a conversation, we not only learn from others, but paradoxically we learn from ourselves. We learn from the very act of talking. In these meetings individuals exchange … Continue reading Learn by talking