Hosting Conversations about Questions that Matter
Interested in convening and hosting a World Café? These resources will guide you through the process.
Taken together, they cover everything from considerations related to the design of the café, physical set-up of the café environment, creative application of the café design principles, and much more. All you need are people and a place to meet!
If you would like to learn with a group, we offer signature learning programs periodically, in both online and face-to-face formats.
The World Café: A Resource Guide
A robust guide to hosting your Café, this guide gives detailed information on each of the seven design principles and explains the role of the Café host and the table host. A complete list of supplies and room set up needs is also included.
The Art of Powerful Questions
This comprehensive guide written by Eric Vogt, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs explores the three dimensions of a powerful question–construction, scope and assumptions–and then offers sample questions for focusing collective attention, finding deeper insight and creating forward movement.
(there are a number of free translations of this article on the World Cafe Website)
Free World Café Hosting Kit
The following excellent hosting guide is available on the World Café website, as part of our free World Café Hosting "Tool Kit":
Café To Go!
A concise guide to the World Café covering the basics of the World Café process. It includes brief outlines of each principle, a description of Café Etiquette, an outline of key elements of the World Café conversations, and tips for creating Café ambiance. Translations and versions of this guide are available in Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian. Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Somali and Spanish.
Images & Support Materials
The Tool Kit includes a checklist of materials and sources, and some World Café graphics to help you host your own Cafés.
Learn more about Graphic Recording on the World Café website.
You are welcome to download and use these World Café Hosting Guides to support your personal explorations with the World Café, but if you are using this work professionally or in a for-profit context, please make a donation to the World Café Community Foundation. Your contribution helps keep these materials available to all and is deeply appreciated.