The World Café is a conversational process based on a set of integrated design principles.

Café conversations are an easy-to-use method for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter in service of the real work. Cafés in business have been named in many ways to meet specific goals, including Creative Cafés, Knowledge Cafés, Strategy Cafés, Leadership Cafés, Marketing Cafés, and Product Development Cafés.

Most Café conversations are based on the principles and format developed by The World Café, a growing global movement to support conversations that matter in corporate, government and community settings around the world



  1. Clarify the purpose
  2. Create a hospitable space
  3. Explore questions that matter
  4. Encourage everyones contribution
  5. Connect diverse conversations
  6. Listen for insights and share discoveries

Café Etiquette

  • Focus on what matters
  • Contribute your thinking
  • Speak your mind and heart
  • Listen to understand
  • Link and connect ideas
  • Listen together for insights and deeper questions
  • Play, doodle, draw - write on tablecloths!
  • Have fun!