The World Café methodology allows for a collaborative conversation where participants are encouraged to explore important questions, together in a casual setting. It is highly participatory and yields a huge number of opinions, ideas and proposals. The experience is energizing and the ease with which conversations flow is always a surprise and delight to the participants.
These sessions create an easy, effective way to engage in meaningful conversations and foster collective intelligence that leads to collaborative action. The conversation process itself creates new synergies, inspires and encourages action.
At the conclusion of a World Café, results are shared and analyzed for further follow-up.
Key Design Principles of The World Café:
World Café meetings yield a large amount of ideas, we will help you structure all this information, analyze it and prepare an implementation plan for any change or innovation you wish to deploy as a result.
What Participants say about the World Café
In her own words
I have designed, organized and facilitated many international World Cafés for hundreds of delegates from almost all nations in the world.
These events were conducted in a variety of contexts and on different topics: high-technology, international agreements, sustainability, gender parity, strategy development and innovation. Irrespective of the content, the process is always effective and uplifting.
The World Café makes it possible to gather a large group of people and have heart-to-heart conversations that lead to concrete, positive business results.
When I first encountered The World Café methodology, I was immediately fascinated by its powerful effectiveness to bring a large number of people together around a truly collaborative conversation, combined with the apparent simplicity and elegance of the tool.
I was fortunate to meet David Isaacs, one of the authors of this method, and to be one of the first to introduce the methodology in the area where I live, Geneva, Switzerland, a city of peace-making organizations, finance and high-technology.
The World Café has since been embraced in many organizations as a tool to empower their communities, engage them in open dialogue and positive change processes.
The World Café is an extraordinary and powerful tool that will help you harness the collective intelligence of your group and make everyone feel connected around an important idea. Be prepared to tackle a rich and abundant outcome!
ITU World Café Event: Engendering Change, ITU Council, July 2012, Geneva, by ITU videos
United Nations World Summit on Information Society - WSIS Forum, May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland, by ITU videos
United Nations World Summit on Information Society - WSIS Forum, May 2013, Geneva
by ITU pictures
ITU Patent Round Table World Café,
October 2012, Geneva. Switzerland
by ITU pictures
Coach for Peace World Café,
October 2010, Grenoble, France, by C4P pictures
Association Ressources World Café,
March 2008, Ornex, France, by C4P pictures