Facilitation Lab: Introduction to the Knowledge Café
The Knowledge Café is a conversational process that brings a group of people together to share experiences, learn from each other, build relationships and make a better sense of a rapidly changing, complex, less predictable world to improve decision making, innovation, and how we work together.
The process designed by David is similar to the World Café, with which you may be familiar. It is, however, different in a few significant ways.
David will briefly describe his Café process and the principles underpinning the Café and compare it with the World Café.
You will then have time to discuss the Café concept in small groups, followed by a Q&A.
What to expect
What to Expect
We offer opportunities for facilitators to gather in a safe judgement-free zone to learn from experts and one another. Our community offers many levels of engagement and exclusive resources for facilitators, whether you are a beginner or a Master Facilitator. Our weekly Facilitation Lab makes up 5 key segments: impromptu networking, our guest facilitator session activity, community critique, a weekly giveaway, & After Hours. Come & network with facilitators from around the globe and expand your facilitator toolbelt from each Lab experience!
What You'll Learn
You have the power as a facilitator to inspire participants to be either in their heads thinking analytically, or in their hearts participating intuitively. You will experience both types of participation invitations. We'll discuss the benefits of each, followed by an understanding of how and when to use them.
How You'll Learn
The workshop will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll recognize, practice, and design your workshops based on key learning experience design principles. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn in real-time from a master facilitator with tons of experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest institutions and enterprises.
Engage with everyone in the community during a quick round of introductions to network and begin our time together
Guest Facilitator Session
Experience the lead facilitator's activity & method to engage together as a community.
Rose, Thorn, Bud Critique
Share your feedback as a community and offer expressions of tangible takeaways to our lead facilitator.
Stay awhile & chat post-session about your experience in the Lab.
Who Should Attend
Team Managers & Leads
who want to learn more & benefit from the power of facilitation practice
who want to expand their facilitation skillset while gaining inspiration of new approaches
Experienced & New Facilitators
who want to level up their facilitation skills and enhance their facilitation tool belt
who want to gain feedback & uncover new resources with forward-thinking activities
Understand how the questions you ask direct people to use different parts of their brains
Identify the role of each part of the brain in the workshop experience
Experience the power of three different participation invitations
Share ideas on this strategy with your peers
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For the past six years, he has been researching and writing a blook (a website that is a cross between an online book and a blog) on the emerging field of Conversational Leadership, which he feels has the potential to address many of the issues faced by humanity.
Conversational Leadership is about appreciating the transformative power of conversation, practicing leadership, and adopting a conversational approach to the way we work together in a complex world.
His community forums, known as Knowledge Cafés, are David’s means of bringing attention to the global problems we face, encouraging people to take action, and accelerating what he believes to be an emerging second “Age of Reason”.
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