For Hosts

Basic resources for hosts

Whether you are just starting out or a café hosting veteran, these resources are conversation ready!

Use the Quick How-To Guide to get started right away. It provides a short summary of the process.

Find a treasure trove of materials to help you host a café, including everything from posters and flyers, to wallet cards and handbills. Many of these same materials are ready-to-print in Spanish, Hebrew, and Japanese.

When you are ready to delve into the process more deeply, The Complete Hosting Manual will come in handy!

The underlying principles upon which Conversation Cafés are based are described in Core Principles for Conversation Cafés. It is a good idea to review this prior to hosting a café.

Visit the Host a Video Training series for a live version of “How to Host a Conversation Café”.

Tips on selecting a place for to host your Conversation Café are provided in Location, Location.

Promotion tips from long-time hosts can be found in Promoting Your Café.

Participate in the Conversation Café listserv:

We’ve created a new one-way announcement list to share news about Conversation Café happenings once in a while (no more than monthly). We encourage all of you to subscribe to that list if you have some interest in CC’s by sending a blank email to

If you’re a Conversation Cafe host or promoter (or want to be), also consider joining the new Cafe-Community listserv – a discussion list we’ve modeled after the NCDD Discussion list to encourage CC leaders to network, share information, and discuss key issues facing the CC community. To join that list, send a blank email to

Join Conversation Café on social media:

Follow the CC Twitter stream: @ConvoCafe (

Participate in the CC Facebook group:

Tell us about your Conversation Café experience!

We strongly encourage any of you who have hosted CCs to take a minute and complete the quick form at to tell us a little about your work and interests. Our main interest right now is to learn about what is currently (and has been) going on in the Conversation Café community, and this would help us a great deal!



A list of some excellent books can be found on the Richmond Action Dialogues website.  The Resource Section of the NCDD website shares hundreds of resources dedicated to dialogue and deliberation.