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Barry Hemmings
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Australia
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Barry Hemmings is now a member of The World Cafe Community
Jan 24

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Please indicate your World Café experience (ONLY IF YOU HAVE ACTUAL WORLD CAFE EXPERIENCE) in one or more of the following roles:
I'm New to the World Cafe
If you are new to the World Cafe, would you please share how you heard about this community?
I am completing doctoral research into the longitudinal effects of team building exercises. I have been particularly interested in positive emotion and flow (as these commonly appear in and after the exercise). Of interest though is what seems to occur in the participant teams in the presence of these states. Immediately after the exercise, participants freely engage in impromptu powerful dialogue on real business problems that the team faces. We have observed this effect across organisations, industries and teams since 2010. The world cafe appeared in my efforts to try to understand this phenomenon.
What field is the primary focus of your World Café work (ONLY CHECK AREAS WHERE YOU ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY USING WORLD CAFE PLEASE)?
Education, Corporate, Government
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
In addition to work with corporate teams, I also teach undergrads and I am finding similar social mechanisms and processes at work in the lecture studio (the work of the teacher is increasingly about good facilitation processes). So, I hope to contribute based on these experiences.
I also have considerable skill with defining and modelling processes which may be of use as the method evolves.
What would you most like to receive from this community?
Wisdom and insight from fellow practitioners. Especially those more experienced in the method.
Would you like to share a Web or Blog address?
http://positiveteamwork.com
What haven't we asked that you'd like to share?
Please note that the website at the URL above is under construction.

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