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Five types of World Cafés which create real results

 
 

 

Generative
A classical form of a World Café to generate new ideas and insights about a question or topic which emerges from a collective understanding of an issue

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Decision Making
Designed to create a deeper understanding of an issue and foster alignment among stakeholders to enable joint decision-making on key strategic issues

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  • Here are a few ideas about the potential use of a Decision-Making World Café
    • To take a decision on a key strategic question
    • To foster group ownership and accountability for a key strategic decision
    • To establish priorities among competing options
    • To strengthen alignment among stakeholders on key issues

Collaborative
Encourages systemic thinking and promotes cooperation across organizational boundaries to discover new ways for collaboration

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  • Here are a few ideas about the potential use of a Collaborative World Café
    • To break down silos within an organization
    • To foster cross-functional cooperation within an organization
    • To provide a broad platform for large scale dialogue among a diverse representation of participants/organizations
    • To explore potential benefits of collaboration among different organizations and/or sectors of society
    • To encourage systemic thinking in a large group

    Take a look of this examples of a Collaborative World Café:

    Fostering cooperation among NGOs on a common issue

Absorption
Provides a forum for individuals to reflect together on the implications of a complex issue for their daily lives and/or work

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  • Here are a few ideas about the potential use of an Absorption World Café:
    • To communicate an organization’s project ideas and policies
    • To make a complex issue or challenge accessible to members of an organization (ie. major change initiatives, new strategy implementation etc.)
    • To gain acceptance for a change management process
    • To foster a higher level of understanding of an issue/topic by the members of an organization

    Take a look of these examples of Absorption World Cafés:

    Examining the roots of age discrimination
    Exploring the role of forgiveness in everyday life and society

Swarm Intelligence
Stimulates collaborative innovation by discovering new approaches to an issue and identifying specific step(s) for further exploration and implementation

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