Based on text from the café to go reference guide. Authored by the World Café community.
What is a World Café?World Café Conversations are an intentional way to create a living network of conversation around questions that matter. A Café Conversation is a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes. Source: http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-worldcafe.htmlThe orientation of the Café is toward contribution. It starts with somebody giving something. The purpose of the Café is not to criticize, but to contribute. You can’t blame anybody for giving. In the Café you don’t have to perform, only contribute. And when you contribute, the knowledge grows. Source: The World Café (Brown & Isaacs)
Café Hosting TipsSource: http://www.thesystemsthinker.com/PDFs/1205pk.pdf Set up Café-style tables or another relaxed setting. Provide food, beverages, music, art, natural light, and greenery. Encourage informal conversation focused on key questions. Allow time for silence and reflection. Encourage members to “cross-pollinate” ideas and insights across groups.
Café Hosting TipsSource: http://www.thesystemsthinker.com/PDFs/1205pk.pdfHave materials available for visually representing key ideas – markers and paper.Weave and connect emerging themes and insights.Honor the social nature of learning and community building.Help members notice that individual conversations are part of and contribute to a larger field of collective knowledge and wisdom.
World Café at a Glance…• Three (3) progressive rounds of conversation with each round addressing one question.• At the end of each round, participants are invited to move to a different table• New question discussed while linking and connecting ideas with previous conversation rounds. Paper tablecloths provided to create a visual memory of the conversation
One more thing…Before getting started, eachgroup will need to identify atable host (not facilitator) whoremains at the table during the3 conversation rounds to: • welcome newcomers • share the main ideas, themes and questions • encourage guests to link and connect ideas (USING THE PAPER TABLECLOTH) http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickflackclack/1663577752/
Round 11 Inquiry Question- st What are ways to prepare students to compete in the Global Economy?
Round 22 Inquiry Question- nd How will the CCSS shifts contribute to a learning environment of excellence?
Round 33 Inquiry Question- rd How might teachers respond to the focus on academic language for 2012-13?