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Conversation Café Agreements

Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.
Acceptance:
Suspend judgment as best you can.
Curiosity:
Seek to understand rather than persuade.
Discovery:
Question assumptions, look for new insights.
Sincerity:
Speak from your heart and personal experience.
Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.

Conversation Café Process

Assemble up to 8 people plus host, hearty topic, a talking object, and time (60-90 min.). Host explains process and agreements.
Round 1:
Pass around the talking object; each person speaks briefly to the topic, no feedback or response.
Round 2:
Again with talking object, each person deepens their own comments or speaks to what has meaning now.
Dialogue:
Open, spirited conversation. Use talking object if there is domination, contention, or lack of focus.
Final Round:
With talking object, each person says briefly what challenged, touched or inspired them.

Questions to Go Deeper

  • What happened that led you to this point of view?
  • How does this affect you personally?
  • I’m curious, can you say more about that…
  • Here’s what I heard…is that what you mean?

(Download the ‘orientation manual’ to print out a slightly expanded manual. See below for an in-depth look at Conversation Café hosting)

How to Host a Conversation Café (Download the  ‘orientation manual’ to print out a concise version of this)

Congratulations!  Choosing to host a conversation provides a powerful way to make a difference in our world, to build community, and to enhance collective intelligence.  Plus it offers you a stimulating opportunity for learning and growth

 

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