The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter

by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005.
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Technology may have made connecting with people around the world easy, but many of us know that gathering individuals in a local congregation around a table of mutual respect and learning can be quite challenging. Authors Juanita Brown and David Isaacs have provided an exceptional tool to help organizations connect based on a process they developed called World Café. Brown, Senior Affiliate at the MIT's Society for Organizational Learning, and Isaacs, President of Clearing Communications and adjunct faculty with the University of Texas Business School, have written a book that will equip any organization to create a culture of conversation around seven key principles. Each chapter opens with a dramatic example of how leaders around the world are using this process in all types of organizations to address real life issues. At the end of each chapter are questions for reflection and included in the last portion of the book are detailed instructions on how to host a World Café. This book is ideal for rabbis, pastors and congregational leaders who want to create a culture of conversation and connectedness and discover together the bright future that is before them.