If you are looking for a process that invites dialogue, is highly engaging, and encourages diverse viewpoints, consider using the World Café.
I recently participated in a World Café process with 11 others from my city, Des Moines, Iowa, to dialogue about Des Moines becoming a compassionate city.
This highly engaging and provoking process can be used in any setting – business, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, and civic organizations. Paramount to the process is allowing for diverse viewpoints to be expressed in a respectful and safe manner.
Here is how the process worked for our dialogue about becoming a compassionate city.
- Define a dialogue purpose: To explore what it is to be compassionate, how to live compassionately, and how to create a compassionate community.
- Develop three dialogue questions:
- What does being compassionate mean?
- What does living compassionately look like for ourselves, family, neighborhoods and groups?
- How do we create a compassionate community for our organizations, businesses and city?
Our dialogue purpose was compassion, but your purpose could be marketing strategies, revisiting your organization’s brand, or developing strategic initiatives.
It is a simple process, but the harvest is rich. If you need assistance in developing a World Café process for your organization, contact me. I’ve facilitated a number of events using this process.
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