What’s a good way to start to make something happen? Conversations work for me. Yes, we could have a conversation, but what if there’s say, over 80 of us together in one room? Surely that could never work…
Yes. It. Can.
If you’ve never used it before, the World Café method is a fantastic flexible way to allow great big conversations to happen. Small groups gather and converse at tables, discussing the important questions. The groups are encouraged to note down their conversations, insights, and doodles on paper tablecloths. Every ten minutes or so the group briefly convenes to capture the essence of the conversation before separating into new groups and continuing.
As people share insights between the tables a sense of the whole becomes more accessible. World café can be a great way to:
Clarify purpose and strategic intent
Explore critical issues and questions
Engage all key stakeholders
Skillfully use collaborative social technologies
Guide collective intelligence toward effective action
And perhaps most importantly, a World Café is a great way to meet and get to know people.
At the 2012 Stop Doing Dumb Things unconference on June 27th 2012 you will once again have the chance to play with the World Café method. It’s a lively and involving way of sharing and we hope that all the unconference guests will have a lot of fun playing.
I’m really looking forward to the conversation, I hope you are too?