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Knowledge Cafe Insights

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 22 April 2008



Knowledge Cafe Insights
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 94
Posted DateTuesday 22 April 2008 09:22 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://gridknowledge.blogspot.com/2008/04/my-night-with-davi ... 
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While in Scottsdale for the BSEC 2008 Conference, I took the opportunity to run an open Knowledge Cafe. Mark Goldstein has captured the essence of the event in the photos he took and posted on Flickr along with some of mine.

Amazingly Twitter brought us one extra participant Colleen Carmean who blogged a little on the Cafe; said some nice things about me (blush) and had some interesting comments about the format that I had not quite seen before given my closeness. Here are two quotes from her:
David uses a specific, distributed, what I would call "emergence" format where 'the whole is greater than the sum of the parts' for encouraging knowledge transfer amongst participants. No leaders, no report outs, no death by PowerPoint. Everyone matters, every voice counts.
The closing moments of a Knowledge Cafe reminded me of a Quaker meeting. You don't speak unless you're compelled to share an important thought, realization, or theme that emerged from your multiple small group discussions. Some participants violate the framework and just need to be heard, but like the Quakers, everyone listens respectfully and reflects on the thought without the need for comment or debate.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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