Have you heard of the World Café conversation architecture? It is the perfect format for creating change within a group; World Cafe? Take 20+ people who need to see a combined solution and the World Café will empower them to find it, invent it, embrace it through the art of Positive Inquiry. The process can uncover bad practices or unearth different points of view but, much more importantly, holds a structure where all can see it and craft a common solution.
This is not a hearing or a grievance but a format for casual and constructive dialog which has no leader, no opponent, no advocate; only a skilled host. All participants are on equal footing. With the experienced host, the group organically discovers no sole person knows what all of them know. The real truth of the matter is in the collective thinking, not the loudest voice.
Through non-linear seating, changing table partners, guided inquiry and positive outcomes; participants see as never before. Zoe has hosted cafes with astounding results. Not mediation but rather an invitation to discover mutual benefits, common ideas and establish a plan as a community. From world hunger to assigned parking to civil rights, World Cafe conversation architecture is always dazzling. For your organization, group or class, any group of 20+ people who are working to craft an agreement.
Zoe’s Introduction hosting a World Cafe
Some of you may be asking yourself why you are here
- I believe in holy coincidence.
- Someone here needs to hear you
- Someone here needs you to listen.
Something unexpected will happen today
- All of us know more than one of us
- Today something is going to be said that was never said before.
- You are going to ask a question that no one has asked before
- The answer will have never been heard before