We recommend the following reading material, written by co-founders and senior practitioners of the World Café, for deepening your World Café practice and understanding of the ideas behind the World Café process and philosophy.
If you have written or know of other publications about the World Cafe or using the World Cafe that you would like to see listed here, please send details.
Additional key publications (including Café to Go, The Art of Powerful Questions, and The World Café Resource Guide – in English and translation) can be found in the World Café Store and our free Hosting Tool Kit.
The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations that Matter An award-winning best-seller by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs and the World Café Community, published by Berrett-Koehler, 2005 (currently translated into nine languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese, Simple Chinese, Complex Chinese, German, Korean, and Thai – see link for details)
Conversational Leadership: Thinking Together for a Change by Thomas J Hurley and Juanita Brown, from The Systems Thinker, November 2009
Translations: German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.
The World Café: Living Knowledge Through Conversations That Matter. The Systems Thinker, July 2001
Multi-Generational Collaboration: Shaping Tomorrow, Together By Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, and Samantha Tan, from Kosmos magazine, Volume VII, Number 2
Asking Big Questions. By Juanita Brown, David Isaacs and Nancy Margulies. From The Dance Of Change. Peter Senge, et al editors.
Strategic Questioning: Engaging People’s Best Thinking By Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, Eric Vogt, and Nancy Margulies. The Systems Thinker, November 2002
Building Corporations as Communities: Merging the Best of Two Worlds By Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. From The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, Peter Senge, et.al eds.
The World Café: Parts One & Two. By Dr Alexander Schieffer, Bo Gyllenpalm and David Issacs. World Business Academy, Transformation: Volume 18, Issue 8, July 2004
Conversation As A Core Business Process. By Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. The Systems Thinker, December/January, 1996/1997.
Mindshift: Strategic Dialogue for Breakthrough Thinking. By Juanita Brown and Sherrin Bennett. From Learning Organizations: Developing Cultures for Tomorrow’s Workplace. S. Chawla and J. Renesch eds.
A Virtual Knowledge Café. By Bo Gyllenpalm, Fielding Graduate University Faculty, for Whole Systems Associates, 2000.
The Art of Online Hosting. By Amy Lenzo and Adriano Pianesi. The Systems Thinker, March 2011.
The World Cafe: We Are Wiser Together, Interview with Amy Lenzo, Collaborative Services blog (January, 2014)
Interview with Amy Lenzo, excerpted from Neuland’s Dialog issue dedicated to World Cafe, January 2011
Seeds of Knowledge adapted from The Knowledge Evolution: Expanding Organizational Intelligence. By Verna Allee.
The World Café: Catalyzing Large-Scale Collective Learning By Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, Nancy Margulies and Gary Warhaftig. From Leverage Magazine, published by Pegasus Communications, Cambridge, MA, September 1999.
Articles & Interviews in Translation
El Poder de Diálogo. by Begoña Llanos in Entrepreur, including an interview with Carlos Mota Margain, Spanish
El World Café: Despertando la Inteligencia Colectiva y la Acción Comprometida. By Juanita Brown, David Isaacs y la Comunidad del World Café, Portuguese
Neue Grobgruppenmethode Arbeiten beim, Kaffeetrinken in managerSeminaire, April 2004, German
World Café Dialog – Das Magazin rund un Neuland und das lebendige Lernen. January 2011, issue dedicated to World Café, German (including an interview with Amy Lenzo, English)
World Café. Förderung der Teilhabekultur. By Frederick Stier, Bo Gyllenplam, Juanita Brown and Sabine Bredermeier in Politische Beteiligung: Einfuhrung in dialogorientetierte Insturmente politiischer und gesellschaftlicher Partizipation, German
World Café: Kollektive Kreativität im Kommon. By Alexander Shieffer, David Isaacs und Bo Gyllenpalm, in Lernende Organisation, August 2004, German
World Café – Der Gruppen-Intelligenz einen Raum eröffen. by Sabine Bredermeyer in Trainer Kontackt-Brief, German