Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Book Review: The World Café by Juanita Brown and David Isaacs

The World Café is a flexible, easy-to-use process for fostering collaborative dialogue, sharing mutual knowledge, and discovering new opportunities for action.

Based on living systems thinking, this innovative approach creates dynamic networks of conversation that can catalyze an organization's or community's own collective intelligence around its most important questions.

Filled with stories of actual Café dialogues in business, education, government, and community organizations across the globe, this uniquely crafted book demonstrates how the World Café can be adapted to any setting or culture. Examples from such varied organizations as Hewlett-Packard, American Society for Quality, the nation of Singapore, the University of Texas, and many others, demonstrate the process in action.
Along with is seven core design principles, The World Café offers practical tips for hosting "conversations that matter" in groups of any size-strengthening both personal relationships and people's capacity to shape the future together.

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