The Problem: Many Perspective, Few Voices
Large formal meetings are often dominated by a few key voices with many people unwilling to contribute. Yet large gatherings of people are necessary for changing large organisations, so how can you harness the collective wisdom and enthusiasm of many people and allow them to genuinely think and explore ideas informally?
The Solution: World Café
The World Café process is designed to encourage relaxed, informal yet purposeful conversations to take place in small café style grouping of six or so people who regularly move around between tables. Useful in many contexts to reduce the intimidating effects of speaking up in large groups, it excels when the objective is to have discursive and exploratory conversations.
WORLD CAFE recreates the atmosphere of a creative lunch in a relaxed setting by seating people around tables, without managed facilitation, and allowing them go where their ideas take them - and to write them down on the tablecloth as they occur. This allows all members of the organisation to contribute to discussions about why and how to change, preventing the usual confident voices from dominating proceedings.
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