To better facilitate discussion on a number of key topics, issues, opportunities, and action points for the Consortium for Spatial Information (CSI) Annual Meeting, we decided to use a World Cafe approach.

Six topics:

  1. Delivery platforms for Partners
  2. Revitalizing Outreach and Engagement
  3. Core data and tool priorities
  4. Atlas products
  5. Plug and P(l)ay Geospatial Services for CG Mega programs
  6. Enhancing the contribution of the Geospatial ‘Sector’ to Agricultural Development

The participants had to choose only 4 of the 6 topics that they would want to discuss due to time constraints. One table was devoted to each of the 6 topics, and a round of discussion was organised to last 30 minutes–20 minutes of open discussions and 10 minutes of capturing and compiling key points. There were two rounds before lunch and two afterwards.

Th conversations at the tables were very active and at the end of each round participants were reluctant to end their very intensive discussions. After a break for another session, each session Chair was asked to present the key points coming out of their table. This was followed by the facilitator opening up the discussion to the whole group for presenting any gaps, additional ideas, and questions. The facilitator then also asked after each group, what the key action points would be.

For the majority of the group, this was the first time to use the World Cafe approach–so it was unsure how it would go and what the reactions would be.

These points will be taken forward throughout the rest of the workshop.

The reactions were very positive to this with the following comments being some of what was said about it:

*” It made the discussions much more structured than before”

*”It was fun!”

*”I like it alot and i thought it brought out alot of good points and generated alot of energy”

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