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Find a Chatty Café near you

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 January 2019



Find a Chatty Café near you
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 223
Posted DateSunday 27 January 2019 15:47 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I wrote recently about stammtisch tables - "tables for conversation with those sitting near you whether you know them or not" and someone replied to tell me about the Chatty Café scheme.

Sit at a Chatter & Natter table

A Chatter & Natter table is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers.

We are looking for supermarket cafes, community cafes, large and small cafes to get involved so that just maybe we can make the Chatter & Natter table a part of everyday café culture.

A Chatter & Natter table brings people together and everyone is invited! If you're on your own, in a couple, with a friend, if you're a carer why not sit there with who you care for, mums and babies, dads and babies, grandparents and babies, young people, older people and anyone in between!

When you are deciding where to sit, look for the Chatter & Natter table and sit there! Stay for five minutes while you have your drink or longer. It's not about making friends, just having good old fashioned human interaction!

Credit: Chatty Café

A stammtisch table with a more catchy name! What a great idea! So good in fact that Costa Coffee has taken it up.

While on the topic of conversations with strangers in public places - my good friend Alan Stewart is doing some great work in Adelaide, Australia with his Conversare Events. We need more of these social initiatives.

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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