Knowledge Cafe Circle



Knowledge Cafe

When convening, a whole group conversation as part of a Knowledge Cafe,if its possible try to form a circle as here at a Knowledge Cafe at KM World in San Jose below:

Gurteen Knowledge Cafe at KMWorld 2007

This works amazingly well. Here are some notes:
  • To my mind it is the best format for the whole group conversation
  • Surprisingly it takes only a few minutes to do
  • Just tell everyone to pick up their chairs and from a circle; its chaos for a minute or two then settles down
  • Tell them to form it nice and tight and pretty much as a circle
  • The circle in the photo above was a little too large but then it was a large group and we needed a roving mike
  • In a circle, everyone is equal, no one is left out
  • In a circle, the facilitator is just another person and people are less likely to try to report back to them
  • And finally, a great idea, if you have a digital camera, pass it around the circle and let everyone take a few photos of everyone else. It really captures the spirit of the event.
It is not that clear but the photo below is of a circle also at a Knowledge Cafe in Bergen. Here, we took the opportunity to move the Cafe from an indoor setting to an outdoor deck area for the final conversational circle.

Note that I am sitting too far forward as the guy to the right of me is actually behind me Something you should be careful not to do.

Knowledge Cafe Circle, Bergen

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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