Knowledge Café Principles: No report Outs * There are no report outs

You are without doubt familiar with the report out. Frequently in workshops, the facilitator breaks people up into small groups and gives them a task to perform. The facilitator then asks each group to assign a note taker who will take notes and later report back on the outcome of the work. Sometimes no one … Continue reading Knowledge Café Principles: No report Outs * There are no report outs

Connection before content * Without relatedness, no work can occur

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

Don’t speak with conviction Speaking with conviction inhibits learning

In this blog post by Nancy Dixon Bringing the Flow of Knowledge to a Standstill by Speaking with Conviction she says: One way of talking that inhibits the exchange of knowledge is speaking with conviction. That may seem contrary to what we’ve all learned in communication and leadership workshops, where one of the lessons often … Continue reading Don’t speak with conviction Speaking with conviction inhibits learning

Collective Sensemaking The Knowledge Café is a powerful collective sensemaking tool

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

Sharing Knowledge through Face-to-Face Conversation * Is how knowledge is best shared

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