The people behind the World Café

About World Café Europe

This is who we are

We transform the way in which citizens engage in and take responsibility for the key social challenges facing Europe.

Both of us have been fortunate to personally know the pioneers of the World Café, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. Through their generous mentoring, we have gained first-hand insight about the potential of conversation to inspire powerful and positive change in society. 

World Café Europe was founded to continue this spirit of generosity by transmitting the passion and wisdom of Juanita and David to the next generations of masterful World Café practitioners.

World Café Europe e.V. was registered in Munich’s register of associations in 2007. (VR 200743) It is an acknowledged non-profit organization by the German government authorities.

Our vision is a Europe where citizens actively engage to find concrete solutions for the key social issues of their time. 

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World Café Europe e.V. has been pioneering the use of the World Café over a decade. We are committed to providing individuals and communities a voice in order to discover and co-create solutions for the challenging issues currently facing our world.

Inspired by the power of dialogue and collective intelligence, World Café Europe aims to explore and experiment with innovative ways to design, facilitate and document the impact of World Café dialogues. World Café Europe aspires to model cutting edge approaches to the use of the World Café and promote ideas on World Café Best-Practice.

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Our Values 

World Café Europe strives to fulfill its vision by embodying and maintaining our values of Purpose, Mindfulness, Generosity, Boldness and Passion for High Quality during our collaboration with all of our partners. We aim to transform the way in which citizens engage in and take responsibility for the key social challenges facing Europe.

Like the north pole star in the sky, World Café Europe has a set of values which serve as the guiding spirit for all that we undertake.

Purpose - The intent to ensure that what we do and engage in makes sense for all involved  

Mindfulness - Cultivating a heightened awareness of our environment and the capacity to experience the present moment in our work. 

Generosity - An attitude of giving of yourself to others

Boldness - The courage to take on challenges and explore new ideas

Passion for High Quality - A reflection of the intended impact for our work

Our values provide the foundation for our initiatives to:

  • Build multi-stakeholder partnerships

  • Serve as a catalyst for empowering communities

  • Generate leadership capacity for dialogue and public participation
  • Create transformational change through boldness

What makes World Café Europe unique?

  • By exploring and experimenting with innovative ways to design, facilitate, analyze and disseminate the results of dialogues

  • By modeling and disseminating Best-Practice in the practice of the World Café and public participation
  • By fostering and deepening a renewed sense of community in all sectors of European society around issues that matter
  • By creating circles of masterful practitioners committed to furthering Best Practice throughout Europe

Jeffrey Beeson

How did he first encounter the World Café?

“My chance encounter with David Isaacs at a SoL Conference was the beginning of my life’s journey with the World Café. For the years which followed, we would meet regularly at this conference and be in conversation with each other. Initially I only thought about the potential of World Café conversations for business. But that all shifted for me when David stopped in Munich for a couple of days while on a trip in Europe. During a walk around an alpine lake on a magnificent fall day, our conversations about the World Café deepened. Later I was kindly invited by David to be part of the planning team for a World Café event that was being planned for a SoL Conference to be held in Vienna. It was here that the idea of founding World Café Europe was born.”

You can contact me at or +49 173 2360340

Patricia Munro

How did she get interested in the World Café?

“I originally never had any intentions to get involved with the World Café. But this all changed when the SoL Conference took place in Vienna. I came as a helping hand to “set up the tables” for the World Café event. But fate had other plans for me. Juanita Brown and David Isaacs graciously allowed me to listen in to the preparatory meeting which had a unique and magic quality. This sense of wonder continued during my first World Café experience. Like many others before me, I became hooked to “conversations that matter”. After the end of the World Café in Vienna, someone stood up and suggested that the experience should be repeated on a yearly basis throughout Europe. I immediately realized that I wanted to be part of making this happen. The rest is World Café Europe’s history.”

You can contact me at or +49 172 8613352

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