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Online World Café: »Dialogue and Leadership: The New Face of Community?«

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Online World Café: »Dialogue and Leadership: The New Face of Community?«

Time: September 14, 2009 from 8pm to 10pm
Location: Cyberspace
Website or Map: http://www.theworldcafecommun…
Event Type: online world café
Organized By: European Salon Hosting Team
Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2009

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Event Description

We are writing to invite you to an online conversation to explore the relationships, connections, and possibilities between the subjects of Dialogue, Leadership and Community BEFORE our European Salon on 16-19 October 2009.

We see this as an exciting opportunity to connect with all of you to begin the process of sharing ideas, thoughts, and inspirations whether you will be joining us in person or virtually for the event itself.

Interested? Please JOIN US!

Details: 14 September 2009
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 (GMT), 20:00 – 22:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST), ...

We’ll be using Skype for this Online World Cafe.

Please visit the group »European Salon Online« for further instructions.

The participation is free.

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Comment by Ulrich Soeder on September 14, 2009 at 3:21am
If you are interested in the results of this Online Café, please visit the StoryNet and join the conversation.
Comment by Ulrich Soeder on September 10, 2009 at 11:43am

Basically it is a normal World Café conversation. The tables consist of conference calls between four to five persons. We are gathering in groups of 4 or 5 and all of us are discussing the same questions. The rounds will be longer than in a live café because the communication is a little slower when we can’t see each other. Each round should be at least 30 min.

The design and the preparation of the café are very similar to a live café. We will share the purpose and the desired outcomes in time.

We will change the virtual tables after each round, so you are going to meet different people.

There is another important difference to a live café: You will be assigned to tables, you can’t chose the people you are talking to. We haven’t found a way yet to get this aspect more natural. That is why we have to know in advance who will be going to participate.

We are going to have a few rounds. There might be a plenum at the end, but it could be a plenum via chat as well, depending on the number of participants. In the chat function, up to 100 people can participate, in the Audio function, only ten/25 people can take part in a conference call. So our possibilities for the plenum are limited.

After the café, we are going to make a summary to document our conversation and to harvest the results of the conversation.

We'll have a few graphic recorders who are going to join this conversation (as an additional guest at each table to record the conversation and make it available asap to all.

The table hosts have more important roles in an online café than in a live café. The table hosts have the role of co-hosts. They are setting up the conference calls at their »tables«, are checking that the connections are stable and will provide the timing. For this café, I would like to ask skype experienced people to take the roles of table hosts. Let me know if you are going to support the hosting.

Here are some technical informations to get started for our Online Café:

We need to know your skype name so that we can set up the conference calls.

Please let us know if you are participating or not and send an email to with your skype name until Sept 12th (saturday)!

We are using SKYPE to get connected. If you have no Skype account yet: It is free for download and easy to set up. You will find the links on .

You should use a headset and NOT the microphone that is built into your computer. This increases the sound quality of the connection very much. If you don’t have a headset yet: It cost’s about 10 to 20 €.

If you are new to skype, it might be a good idea to have some test calls before the Online Café will start to get familiar with the different functions of skype and your headset. My skype name is usoeder.

Provide yourself food and something to drink for the time of the Online Café.

In Skype we will use the Audio and the Chat function. The Chat function is similar to the table cloths in a live café: we can leave our thoughts and notes and everyone can read them during the conversation.


If you have questions, don’t hesitate to a mail to or I'll be back only on sunday afternoon, so the questions to me will be answered starting from sunday evening.

Cheers, Ulrich

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