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The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter

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The World Cafe is a flexible, easy-to-use process for fostering collaborative dialogue, sharing mutual knowledge, and discovering new opportunities for action. Based on living systems thinking, this innovative approach creates dynamic networks of conversation that can catalyze an organization or community's own collective intelligence around its most important questions.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published April 10th 2005)
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Mar 18, 2007 Megan rated it liked it
The idea of the World Cafe is great; the book is only so-so.
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An Inspiring Introduction to hosting conversations that matter
I found the essays by different practitioners in the field of group dialogue and facilitation gave a real flavour to the spirit and title of the book. It was my first introduction to a more detailed examination of what World Café dialogue is all about and I find it quite a foundational book, contrasting the more traditional view of Talk then Action, with a richer view of layers of dialogue , action, and further dialogue. I found the
Jan 13, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
"World Cafe can make a special contribution when the goal is the focused use of dialogue to foster productive relationships, collaborative learning, and collective insight into real-life challenges and key strategic questions." (P. 6) looking forward to working with the World Cafe concepts to harness our company's collective intelligence!
Jul 28, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Matters Most?

In a world in which we live and work in technological isolation, World Cafe holds the promise of conversations of real meaning. Who knows maybe conservatives and progressives could find some common ground. I liked the explication of the Spirit of World Cafe. It's not technique. It's a vehicle for creating a world of our choosing.
May 06, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it
Juanita Brown and David Isaacs share stories and techniques of their methods for community dialogue and engagement to foster innovation, healing, and strengthening. Recommended for those interested in reviving and renewing communities or businesses and also for leaders.
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I love the The World Cafe, but I'm not so sure that this book is the best tool to learn how to do it. Although I guess it does get to the heart of the process.
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A decent read for grad school, though a 200 page book that could've been pared down by about 50 pages.
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