The World Cafe Community

Hosting Conversations about Questions that Matter

If You're New to TWC

If you're new to the World Café, first of all - Welcome!

If you want to learn more about the World Café, please have a look at the World Cafe website, and if you are interested in hosting World Café conversations yourself, you might check out our free Café to Go! booklet (Cafe-To-Go-Revised.pdf) to get a good sense of how it works.

One of the World Café's most basic assumptions is that all the knowledge and information we need is available now, here among us. So that means that every voice gathered here is valuable and needed, including yours!

Our basic agreements about how we interact here in the online community of practice are based on World Café Etiquette, the "rules of conduct" for World Café conversations:

  • Contribute your Thinking
  • Focus on what really matters to you
  • Speak with your Mind AND your Heart
  • Listen to Understand
  • Listen Together for patterns, insights and deeper connections
  • Link and Collect Ideas
  • Slow down so you have time to think and reflect

We hope you will find this community to be a place where you can relax and share what is most meaningful to you; to find insights to deepen your learning, and new friends to collaborate with.

If you have questions about the World Cafe process or this community, please contact us at, or post your comments below.


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Comment by Richard O'Farrell on April 8, 2014 at 9:59am

Love the .pdf Cafe To Go

Comment by Amy Lenzo on August 12, 2013 at 7:03pm

Ah! Thank you for telling us more about what happened...

Comment by josephat nyangau on August 12, 2013 at 6:59pm

It was a new experience to me that I have not seen in practice. my instructor was real up to the point when she stressed the importance of understanding the basics of the world café preparations and have us move from one table after the other within a regulated set of 25 minutes each for 5 tables. Finally the one person who remained on each table acted as a guide to the incoming members but The host was not supposed to control their contribution other than to brief them what happened on his table. After we were done, our instructor had all students go round all the tables and make connection. Finally all 5 hosts had chance to address the class. It was a lesson to learn from that I can make use of in my daily life. 

Comment by Amy Lenzo on August 10, 2013 at 1:22pm

:-) Why was it "hilarious", Joshephat?

Comment by josephat nyangau on August 10, 2013 at 7:14am

last week I had a first time experience to see The World Cafe in practice. This was organized by my instructor for the coaching and consulting class. The basics started from arranging tables, vases, flowers, big writing papers on each table and allowing only four students to sit at each table to contribute to conversations that matter and sharing our contributions at the end of the sessions. it was hilarious.

Comment by Luis Eduardo Yepes Correa on May 29, 2013 at 11:39am

Thanks a lot! Yesterday I visited your web site and I know perfectly the intention of The Wrold Cafe!

Comment by Seymour Hersh on October 26, 2010 at 8:38am
I look forward to active sharing and learning throughout the Cafe whether regular or a latte with a twist.

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