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The World Café is a conversational process based on a set of integrated design principles. Simple yet powerful, World Cafés can evoke and make visible the collective intelligence of any group, thus increasing people's capacity for effective action in pursuit of common aims. It is particularly effective when people come together across organizational, social or cultural boundaries to foster collaboration.
The World Cafe Design Principles have been distilled as a widely applicable set of guidelines for intentionally harnessing the power of conversation. Research-based and field-tested, they provide practical guidance for enabling authentic dialogue, innovation, and learning, whether or not the World Café process is used or how it is adapted.
The World Café is also a metaphor that refers to the web of conversation through which we are continually co-evolving our futures within our families, friends, colleagues and communities.
The World Café network is represented inworld by, among others, Lucida Skytower (formerly Pipi Tinlegs), Choconancy Lupino, Oberon Olaria, Fernanda Qin and Ronaldo Michalak. Contact Lucida Skytower if you are interested in holding an in-world World Café for your own organization or group.
Inworld we work with The Grove Consultants International, represented by Sunseed Bardeen and SingingHeart Amat, the Rockridge Institute, represented by Widget Whiteberry, and Info Island International, represented by Abbey Zenith.
Learn more about hosting a World Café through the World Café book and 'how to' guides (more resource material is available on the The World Café website):
Subscribe to the free World Café newsletter for ongoing updates, event listings and community development news.
On Feb 19, 2008, we hosted an inworld World Café in collaboration with the Rockridge Institute. The chat and IM logs of the conversations and harvest, along with an image by graphic recorder Choconancy Lupino, can be found on Notes_from_the_In_World_Cafe_-_2/19/08.