Through the use of a variety of communication formats, the Gathering promotes an intensive exchange of information and know-how. It provides the participants with the opportunity to actively participate in a culture of dialogue and experience the collective wisdom which emerges from these conversations.
To invite European citizens to participate in World Café conversations
World Café Europe would like to invite Europe’s communities and its citizens to become more familiar with the World Café process. Towards this end, World Café Europe collaborates with local institutions, organizations and interest groups to design and host World Café conversations on important topics for these groups.
To create a forum of World Café “Best Practice”
World Café Europe would like to promote “Best Practice” of the use of the World Café. It would like to play an active role in the further development of this kind of dialogue practice throughout Europe. A large scale World Café conversation is a key element of the annual World Café European Gathering. During this forum, World Café “Best Practice” is experienced first-hand by the participants. In addition, the Gathering provides an opportunity to explore new ideas and processes within the World Café format.
To explore the meaning of the guiding principles of the World Café
World Café Europe would like to deepen the understanding about the seven key principles of the World Café. Through “Coffee-Shop” conversations which are held during the Gathering, both newcomers as well as experienced World Café hosts are invited to explore aspects of the World Café’s key principles and discuss their significance for effective dialogue.