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Video: A Gurteen Knowledge Cafe in Singapore, Feb 2012

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 May 2012

 


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Video: A Gurteen Knowledge Cafe in Singapore, Feb 2012
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 143
Posted DateSunday 27 May 2012 12:47 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://youtu.be/mNIbndaOAY8 ... 
http://www.elc.com.sg ... 
http://www.brewerkz.com/thewerkz/brewerkz_restaurantMicrobre ... 
CategoriesKnowledge Cafe
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore City

Earlier this year in February 2012, I ran an open Knowledge Cafe in Singapore.

The KCafe was very kindly hosted by William Chua, CEO of eLC, a training and learning organization in Singapore at the Brewerkz Riverside Point alongside the Singapore River.

This was not the first time I have held a knowledge cafe in a pub/bar though it was a first for Singapore. William and his staff did an excellent job organising the event with free food and beer to help along the conversation. A big thanks to you all.

eLC videod the evening and I have uploaded it to the web as a Youtube playlist of five short videos.

If you have ever run knowledge cafes yourself or plan to run them then watch the start of the fourth video where I ask for someone to start the conversation. It takes 1 minute 15 seconds or so before someone takes the mike.

Believe me, standing at the front, that seemed more like for ever! And although I encourage people to start the conversation, I did not start it myself. I never have and I never will. If I am patient and wait long enough someone will always start.

Note also how the conversation got off to a slow start but once people get engaged and realise there is nothing to fear, the conversation gathers pace.

Also keep in mind, that a knowledge cafe works best with a smaller number of people where microphones are not needed and a circle can be formed at the end for the whole group conversation. In this situation, I encourage people to talk more to each other rather than report back to me or ask questions of me.





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