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Kathleen A. Paris
  • Madison, WI
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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:
What field is the primary focus of your World Café work (ONLY CHECK AREAS WHERE YOU ARE ALREADY ACTIVELY USING WORLD CAFE PLEASE)?
What knowledge, skills or resources would you like to contribute to the World Café community to help it grow and flourish?
I would like to encourage every group that is planning for its future to consider a World Cafe as a way to engage stakeholders in discussing key questions. I use this approach frequently in strategic planning, posing strategic questions, and I find it to be almost magical in the way people get involved and stay involved in the discussions.
What would you most like to receive from this community?
I am always interested in various alternative ways of hosting a World Cafe. I am also interested in helping groups design and host more World Cafes.
Would you like to share a Web or Blog address?
What haven't we asked that you'd like to share?
I have written a blog post at on how well this approach works.

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A World Cafe in A High School

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 7:52pm 1 Comment

A wonderful aspect of the World Cafe Roundtable Event held at West High School in Madison, Wisconsin last week was the fact that some of the table hosts were current students. The students did a terrific job as hosts and reporters for themes from their tables. (A very brief briefing for table hosts took place just before the evening event began.) The aim of the event was to explore future directions for West High School. Parents, students, teachers, counselors, administrators, alumni, community… Continue

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At 12:59pm on September 10, 2009, Kathleen A. Paris said…
I find that often leaders are worried that people won't participate. That has never happened in my experience. Who can resist the big white paper on the table and the mugs of colorful markers? One group with artists had their table covered with doodles and comments before we even officially started.

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