Starting a Knowledge Cafe



Knowledge Cafe

People often ask me how they can start to run their own regular conversational or knowledge cafes either as open public events or for a closed community.

You have a few options:
  • Just go ahead and start. I do not have any claim over the cafe process and you are free to take the concept and use it to run a cafe in any way that you wish. Note my Gurteen Knowledge Cafe process is different from most of the other processes that you may come across such as the World Cafe but as a process you are still free to take it, adapt it and use it to your purposes.

    You can draw on my material as long as you do not infringe on my copyright in anyway by republishing that material but as most of my material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Licence  - you may use it as long as the material is used for noncommercial purposes and you attribute it to me.

  • Alternatively, before starting, you may like to attend one of my Knowledge Cafe Workshops. Check with me to see when one is next planned in your region.

  • My regional community cafes such as the ones I run in London, New York and Adelaide are special in that they are global meeting places for members of my community and are run by regional directors for my community that I have selected and appointed. I have no plans to start any new community cafes.

  • If you are a commercial organization and wish to run cafes internally or externally and would like my professional help such as facilitation and training then please contact me.

  • Or if you would just like to invite me to come and facilitate one for you then again please contact me.

Video: Knowledge Cafe at KMAP 2006

Gurteen Knowledge Cafe at KMAP 2006 in Hong Kong, December 2006, facilitated by David Gurteen and Raksha Sukhia. Courtesy of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Knowledge Management Research Centre.

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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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