The Complete Hosting Manual

The Complete Hosting Manual

Hosting is simple—like breathing is simple. It can be as minimal as showing up, introducing the process and keeping time. Yet the practice of hosting can be very profound. It is a dynamic, honest, humble process of staying present to your own reality while drinking in the reality of everyone else at the table.

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How to Host a Conversation Cafe

How to Host a Conversation Cafe

This collection of videos hosted by Conversation Café founders, Vicki Robins and Susan Partnow, provide an overview of the essence of our dialogue process. Watching these videos will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the Conversation Café method.

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Principles for Conversation Cafés

Principles for Conversation Cafés

Conversation Cafés were designed as a gift to the world. The hope was that this method and conversations using the CC method would spread “with integrity and fidelity”—stay both true to form, yet give hosts the maximum freedom to adapt it to their situation.

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In 2001, three Seattle friends ran an experiment...

Susan Partnow, Habib Rose & Vicki Robin believed that spontaneous dialogue would serve democracy, critical thinking & neighborliness. So each sat in a different café once a week & invited whoever was there to dialogue about things that really mattered.

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From the Conversation Café Community...

Join Conversation Café Host Training Call on Jan. 3rd

Posted by Keiva Hummel on Dec 28, 2016

Via the NCDD blog: Last week, NCDD hosted another one of our Confab Call events featuring the co-founders of Conversation Café (CC), Susan Partnow and Vicki Robin. The call featured a history of the CC process, reflections from the experiences of CC hosts, and a brief...

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New Conversation Café Wallet Cards

New Conversation Café Wallet Cards

Posted by Sandy Heierbacher on Dec 18, 2016

One of our favorite things about Conversation Café is its simplicity. The fact that the CC agreements and process can fit on a folded business card never ceases to amaze! We just updated the CC “wallet cards” and created new documents that allow you to...

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Join the NCDD Confab on Conversation Café, 12/19!

Join the NCDD Confab on Conversation Café, 12/19!

Posted by Keiva Hummel on Dec 11, 2016

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is excited to announce our next NCDD Confab Call will be featuring the co-creators of Conversation Café! Join the FREE Confab on Monday, December 19th from 1-2pm Eastern/10-11am Pacific for this one-hour...

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Conversation Cafés are open, hosted conversations in cafés as well as conferences and classrooms—anywhere people gather to make sense of our world. At a Conversation Café there is nothing to join, no homework, no agenda, just a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to BIG talk, conversations that matter.

Hosts are key to successful Conversation Cafés and we are here to make hosting easy, rewarding, and fun for you.

Just starting out? Get oriented! You can learn the basics by watching the video, or reading the hosting manual.

Ready to host and need some resources? You can download everything you need, find stimulating questions, and learn to frame questions powerfully. We have suggestions to help you promote your Conversation Café. Variations and Applications: Discover ways to adapt to shorter times or larger groups, as well as blending with a World Café design. Consider ways to bring Conversation Café to your workplace, organization, event, conference or community.

Curious what hosting is all about? Read on!

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