The World Café is a global community of people dedicated to awakening and engaging collective intelligence through conversations about questions that matter… this is our collective blog. Your active involvement in this conversation is warmly invited. Make comments on what you like or have questions about, send us posts, links, etc. or better yet – become an active blogger and post them yourself! Contact us to set you up with an account.

World Cafè Hosting Fundamentals – A Participant’s View

World Café Hosting Fundamentals A learning community

Participating in this course was one of the best possible investments of my time, my energy and my financial resources.  It was an immersion into the theory and practice of hosting that is very supportive for both beginning and experienced practitioners. I loved the intensity and the academic rigour of this offering. Being trained as a researcher, I am always keen to learn more about the background and history of a practice. And there were so many opportunities to learn – with and from the highly experienced teachers Amy Lenzo and Bo Gyllenpalm, and with and from my peers, who came from all over the world. The diversity of participants made it a very rich learning experience for me.

Looking at my own blind spots and receiving such kind support from the group and the teachers when I got stuck in designing a World Café process, I have never been in an online course where this mixture of being challenged and being at ease was so present.

The combination of asynchronous learning on an online learning platform with synchronous online study groups and World Café sessions – for me, this was an ideal learning space.

The generous sharing of knowledge and experience was profound.

I also loved the fact that Hosting Fundamentals alumni were invited to the online World Café. That allowed more connections and even more learning.

Whether you are just starting your journey as a host or whether you have been on this path for a while – this is a course you might want to consider. It’s only held once a year… and it is the only one taking place in cooperation with a Graduate University.

Ba & World Cafe Hosting Fundamentals

CereusIn a recent Stewardship Council meeting welcoming new members Daisuke Yamaguchi (whose company translated the first World Cafe book into Japanese – see the essay he wrote for the World Cafe’s 20th Anniversary) and Sabine Soeder (whose grace and graphic facilitation so beautifully embodies the spirit of World Cafe), we were talking about “ba”, the Japanese concept (developed beautifully by Professor Ikujiro Nonaka) of the generative relational field that supports knowledge creation.

We were talking about it as part of the “hospitable space” we as World Cafe hosts strive to create as the container for World Cafe “magic” – sometimes known as collective wisdom – to emerge.

As “ba” speaks to both physical space and the more subtle realms, truly creating hospitable space for World Cafe means not only caring for the logistics of the World Cafe process, but it also a real understanding of the design principals that give the form its depth and meaning. This deeper look is the fielding-coursefocus of the World Cafe Hosting Fundamentals course we offer each year in partnership with Fielding Graduate University, and it is what makes it so valuable to World Cafe hosts whether you are just starting out or have years of experience.

This year’s course starts September 10th. Register now & invite the “ba” of World Cafe into your own practice.

An Essay for the World Café 20th Anniversary

Reflecting on the origin of the World Café and inquiring into the value that we should uphold as practitioners for the promising future…
by Daisuke Kawaguchi, Chief Researcher, Human Value

peaceworldIt has been 20 years since the World Café was born into this world by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, and other practitioners. Since its birth, enormous numbers of café conversations have been conducted to shape better futures, and now the World Cafe is known as one of the greatest methodologies for generative facilitation in a variety of areas. In Japan, as well, the movement of the café conversations has been wide-spread with a large influence on our way of communication and collaboration after the book of “The World Café – Shaping the future through conversations that matter” was published in Japanese translation.

Reflecting on the very early days, a founder, Juanita Brown once said to me under the beautiful sunshine in Jonesborough, “The name ‘World Café’ came from the desire that the café conversations will be able to contribute to the World Service in the future.” I believe this desire has been half-fulfilled as we see the values and impacts that the World Café has accomplished so far.
Read More