The World Cafe is a whole group interaction method focused on conversations. A Cafe Conversation is a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes. The environment is set up like a cafe, with paper-covered tables. People sit four to a table and hold a series of conversational rounds lasting from 20 to 45 minutes about one or more questions which are personally meaningful to them. At the end of each round, one person remains at each table as the host, while the other three travel to different tables. Table hosts welcome newcomers to their tables and share the essence of that table’s conversation so far. The newcomers relate any conversational threads they are carrying — and then the conversation continues, deepening as the round progresses.

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Here are the World Cafe guidelines as we presented them today: