The WORLD CAFÉ is an easy-to-use method for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter in service to real work.
Who is the tool for?
When should the tool be used?
City practitioners and stakeholders in charge of drafting an integrated action plan.
It can be used when organising team and transnational meetings.
It can be used for brainstorming or during a workshop. It's helpful to foster idea-creation and interactive discussion.
How to use it online?
This tool can be used during virtual meetings to organise an online collaborative exercise. A good preparation and facilitation of the exercise are required.
Organise an online meeting and split the participants into separate sessions (thanks to the ZOOM Breakout rooms functionnality, for example) and assign each session to a facilitator. Allow participants to discuss a question during around 20 minutes and then bring all participants to the plenary session. You can repeat the process as many times as necessary.
In parallel, you can prepare a virtual collaborative whiteboard (Miro, Mural, Jamboard, Google doc...) to allow participants to take notes during each round of discussion. It allows you follow all the sessions live and to give feedbacks to the participants, back in the plenary session. You can also use this virtual whiteboard to gather and summarise the outcomes of the World Café discussions in an document and share it with participants.