The World Café: 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.
Filled with stories of actual Cafe dialogues in business, education, government, and community organizations across the globe, this uniquely crafted book demonstrates how the World Cafe can be adapted to any setting or culture. Examples from such varied organizations as Hewlett-Packard, American Society for Quality, the nation of Singapore, the University of Texas, and many others, demonstrate the process in action.
Along with its seven core design principles, The World Cafe offers practical tips for hosting "conversations that matter" in groups of any size- strengthening both personal relationships and people's capacity to shape the future together.

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Juanita Brown, Ph.D. is cooriginator of the World Café and has served as a Senior Affiliate at the MIT Sloan School’s Organizational Learning Center (now Society for Organizational Learning), as a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Future and as a Fellow of the World Business Academy.

David Isaacs is President of Clearing Communications and designs strategic dialogue forums with senior leaders in the U.S. and abroad. David is also a co-originator of the World Café and serves as adjunct faculty with the University of Texas Business School’s Executive MBA Program.

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I urge line leaders to employ this simple, but powerful approach for thinking together which ultimately improves the bottom line. -- Roger Saillant, President and CEO, Plug Power, Inc.

The World Café serves as an inspiration to help make greater mutual understanding across social and cultural differences possible. -- Lic. Esteban Moctezuma Barragan, Mexico’s former Minister of Social Development

This book provides all of us the opportunity to embrace the future and let go of the past. -- Paul Borawski, Executive Director and Chief Strategic Officer, American Society for Quality

Understanding the processes that constitute the World Café’s conversation network is essential for understanding life and leadership in human organizations. -- Fritjof Capra, Author, The Tao of Physics; The Web of Life; and The Hidden Connections

...a simple, brilliant, beautiful process that enables people to build collective knowledge about the issues that are important to them. -- Sandy Heierbacher, Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)

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