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Zoom World Values Day Knowledge Café

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 October 2017



Zoom World Values Day Knowledge Café
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 208
Posted DateThursday 26 October 2017 09:57 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

My virtual Zoom World Values Day Café went off exceptionally well.

117 people registered from 25 countries but there is always a large drop-off and in the end I had 47 people from 16 countries - still a good turnout. The countries were: Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Martinique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, Switzerland,Trinidad and Tobago,Tunisia, Turkey,UK and USA.

We had some in-depth conversation for 2 hours triggered by two short talks from Charles Fowler and Alan Williams and the question "What could be done to bring values to life?"

Sorry Asia-Pacific, this was out of your time-zone but I will make up for it!

What really amazes me about these virtual Cafés is just how well they work. This one worked a treat. First, I wasn't aware of anyone who had connection problems - Zoom worked flawlessly. But it is not just the technology - the small group break-out conversations work well too. This is what one of the participants said in the final whole group conversation.
This is only my second knowledge cafe and I'm still really struck by the quality of the conversation that I can have with people that I've never met before in some other part of the world through an online medium.

And I just wanted to say that and I found it really meaningful. It's like I don't think it would have been more meaningful if they would have been right here in the office.

I'm real surprised by just how much I enjoyed it and how impactful it is.

I never thought, before Zoom, that we could get so close to the quality of face-to-face conversations through an on-line medium.

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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