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Please join the conversation if you are interested in blending The World Cafe with other methods and models such as Open Space Technology, Appreciative Inquiry, Polarity Management, Spiral Dynamics, Theory U, the Enneagram and more.

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20% discount for World Cafe Community ~ Phoenix or Berlin for Methods for Strategic Collaboration Foundations Training

Hi all,

You are cordially invited to Phoenix, April 13-16, or Berlin, June 8-11, for the Methods for Strategic Collaboration Foundations Training.  Since 2003, change leaders from 5 continents have enjoyed collaborating while learning about how to blend and scale Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Polarity Mapping.  This year, I'm introducing ROC-Return on Collaboration, which builds on the best of Appreciative Inquiry.  

If you are interested in receiving a 20% discount, as a member of the World Cafe Community, please contact me directly at  

More details can be found here:

Warm wishes from the fragrant desert,



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Comment by Christine Whitney Sanchez on January 13, 2012 at 9:39am

Hi Amanda, Ursula, Stephen, Juanita, Maren, Luis Carlos and Simon for the great suggestions and support.

Comment by Simon d'Orsogna on January 12, 2012 at 3:09pm

hi Luis, I have used this in a number of situations and you can create any question set and use 'logic' to devise smarter response flows using - it is good to retrieve responses in summarised data, graphical and text-themed ways too - worth playing with (though there are other online platforms to do similar) 

Comment by Luis Carlos Jacobsen on January 12, 2012 at 10:54am is the tool, although it doesn't have open questions, I guess.


Comment by Maren Showkeir on January 12, 2012 at 9:58am

Hi Christine:
You might want to try connecting with Sapience, specifically Stu Winby, about some tools he developed for data collection for Organization Design. I'm sure some of the stuff he has is proprietary, but he might have ideas about other online tools that are more shareware oriented. I don't know him well, met him once, but he used to be partners with my cousin, Barry Bateman. Would be interested in hearing about any discoveries.

Comment by juanita brown on January 12, 2012 at 7:17am

Wow...Christine, I love this idea although I'm a neophyte in knowing about the tools you are asking support in learning about. Bravo!


Comment by Stephen Hinton on January 12, 2012 at 2:15am

Just commenting on the questions about making meaning out of interviews. This has been done by researchers for years using - forgive me if I seem like I am poking fun, I'm not, pencil and paper. Well, excel and a word processor.

To collect and aggregate meaning you are actually looking at the tools right here - a NING platform with voting, liking, tagging etc. 

The idea you can put a load of texts unstructured into a "box" and still make rhyme or reason out of them is actually what google has done with its search technology. For one step up from that you have WIKI.

So to answer the question - once you know what you want to do with the   harvest it's easier to work out how you are going to organise store and access.

Comment by Ursula Hillbrand on January 12, 2012 at 1:55am

Just seeing the posting of Raymond F. Peck, asking aout a virtual café bistro: I have had a similar idea, offering a continuation of our "Offene Salonabende" using Pro action café as a format, for people to stay in touch, update each other on their different projecs, or just be in conversation, when physically meeting is not possible. Participants often travel one-three hours to reach the Bregenzer Salon, where the f2f events take place, so could very well be interested in travelling less and stil stay in touch through conversation also using some format that enables collective intelligence like meeting in several meeting rooms (virtual café tables) at the same time.

I have some experience using for pro action cafés in the German speaking branch of the Presencing community. Maybe we can join forces and explore together? I suggest using the message function or e-mail

I also was present at last year's integral conference in Arbogast, so can understand the affinity of that movement here.

Warm regards,



Comment by Amanda Fenton on January 11, 2012 at 11:08pm

Hi Christine - I don't know much about these tools or if they are even relevant. One might be the Cognitive Edge Sense Maker Suite which has a cost (Chris Corrigan has or is about to work with it, I believe). Another option might be Story Garden. I know @jonhusband who I think is familiar with AI and was on the board for Story Garden at one point. Look forward to hearing others' suggestions!

Comment by Christine Whitney Sanchez on January 11, 2012 at 9:10pm

Dear World Cafe Friends,

A vision is emerging from Occupy Cafe to conduct a mass mobilized Appreciative Inquiry into the Occupy Movement.  The vision is potent and includes, as Ben Roberts said, the huge need for developing harvesting/synthesizing processes.

In my experience, being able to make meaning with thousands of interview summaries is both an exciting and  formidable task.  I would appreciate any ideas or experience you have in using software or online tools to do large-scale collective meaning making.

Warm wishes from a cool Phoenix evening,

Comment by juanita brown on December 5, 2011 at 5:40pm

ThankdsLuis Carlos....great to hear about that!!

Fond regards,



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