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.
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 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)
Conversational Leadership: Thinking Together for a Change By Thomas J Hurley and Juanita Brown, from The Systems Thinker, November 2009
Translations: German, Spanish, Portuguese
The World Café: Living Knowledge Through Conversations That Matter. published in 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.
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.
Conversation As A Core Business Process. By Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. Published in 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, published in The Systems Thinker, March 2011.
Seeds of Knowledge adapted from The Knowledge Evolution: Expanding Organizational Intelligence. By Verna Allee.
Strategic Questioning: Engaging People's Best Thinking. By Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, Nancy Margulies and Eric Vogt. Published in The Systems Thinker, November 2002.
The World Café: Catalyzing Large-Scale Collective Learning By Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, Nancy Margulies and Gary Warhaftig. From Leverage Magazine, published by Pegasus Communnications, Cambridge, MA, September 1999.
Interviews & Articles in Translation
El Poder de Diálogo, by Begoña Llanos in Entrepreur, including an interview with Carolos Mota Margain, Spanish
El World Café: Despertando la Inteligencia Colectiva y la Acción Comprometida, Juanita Brown, David Isaacs y la Comunidad del World Café, Portuguese
Neue Grobgruppenmethode Arbeiten beim, Kaffeetrinken in managerSeminaire, April 2004, GermanWorld Café Dialog - Das Magazin rund un Neuland und das lebendige Lernen, January 2011, issue dedicated to World Café, including an interview with Amy Lenzo, German
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, 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