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Introduction to the November 2015 Knowledge Letter

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 November 2015

  


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Introduction to the November 2015 Knowledge Letter
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 185
Posted DateWednesday 25 November 2015 14:23 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

First, my apologies for an exceptionally short Knowledge Letter this month - what with moving house and a recent trip to Hong Kong for KM Asia (a great conference by the way given its first time in Hong Kong after 14 years in Singapore) I am way behind on everything.

I also had a trip to Cork in Ireland (happened to be there the same day as Tim Cook) to run a special Knowledge Café. Let me explain.

In my experience the Knowledge Cafe works best for between 12 to 24 people though I often run Cafes for 50 people or more but I never feel they work well at that size even though I know the World Cafe community seem to run them quite happily with a hundred or more participants.

So when I was asked to run a Café for Johnson & Johnson Ireland for 100 managers at a networking event in Cork, I was a little unsure of how well it would work.

But in our discussions, what I thought to be a viable design emerged - to run four Cafes concurrently and synchronously in the same room. That's 25 people in each Cafe - an ideal number. Each Cafe was quite separate and each on a different topic under an overarching theme and a different trigger question.

I was just a little nervous having not tried this before but it worked amazingly well. Give me a few weeks and I will have it all written up along with some photos and video to share with you.

And a big thanks to Johnson & Johnson for giving me permission to share the outline of the event and the photos with you.




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