World Caf� Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter

ISBN-10: 1576752585

ISBN-13: 9781576752586

Edition: 2005

Authors: Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, World Cafe Community Staff, Margaret J. Wheatley

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The co-creators of the 'World Cafe' use their successful method of promoting conversation and dialogue as a method for promoting meaningful social reform and change within a corporate environment.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Margaret Wheatley is president of The Berkana Institute and an internationally acclaimed speaker and writer. She has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973 and a dedicated global citizen since her youth. Her first work was as a public school teacher and urban education administrator in New York, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea. She also has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts. For the past decade, she has been working with an unusually broad variety of organizations on all continents. Her clients and audiences include large corporations, government agencies, healthcare institutions, foundations, public schools, colleges, major church denominations, the armed forces, professional associations, and monasteries. All of these organizations are wrestling with a common dilemma--how to maintain their integrity and effectiveness as they cope with relentless pressures for speed and change in chaotic environments. But there is also another similarity: A common human desire to live together more harmoniously, more humanely.

Foreword : we can be wise only together
Introduction : beginning the conversation : an invitation to the World Cafe
Seeing the invisible : conversation matters!
Conversation as a core process : co-creating business and social value
Principle 1 : set the context
Principle 2 : create hospitable space
Principle 3 : explore questions that matter
Principle 4 : encourage everyone's contribution
Principle 5 : cross-pollinate and connect diverse perspectives
Principle 6 : listen together for patterns, insights, and deeper questions
Principle 7 : harvest and share collective discoveries
Guiding the Cafe process : the art of hosting
Conversational leadership : cultivating collective intelligence
The call of our times : creating a culture of dialogue
Epilogue : how can we talk it through?
Afterword : discovering the magic of collective creativity
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