The World Café is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogues. It’s perfect for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes.
- Adult citizens
You can do it with all those groups, but we did it with professionals from different fields like public engagement or the cultural and creative sector.
When bringing together the discoveries and insights of the small groups, the group gets an opportunity to see and link all the shared information from a broader perspective. Patterns can be identified, and the collective wisdom becomes visible. Also, possibilities for actions might emerge.
- Setting: Create a “special” environment, most often modelled after a café, where people feel invited to contribute i.e. small round tables covered with a tablecloth, plenty of paper or a flip-chart paper tablecloth, coloured pens. There should be 3-6 chairs at each table. Small group sizes are essential.
- Welcome and Introduction
- Small-Group Rounds
- Questions: each round is prefaced with a question designed for the specific context and desired purpose of the session.
- Share outcomes
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