Virtual World Cafés offer the opportunity to productively capture collective intelligence across the digital domain

Significance of virtual World Cafés

Imagine bringing people together virtually to share ideas and co-create an envisioned future. Virtual Cafés provide the ultimate way to harvest this collective intelligence and enable change.

Why a virtual World Café?

World Café conversations unleash a dynamic feeling of community among its participants. By hosting a virtual World Café, a broad spectrum of diverse people from all walks of life gather digitally to explore issues and discover new ideas together.

“Setting a goal is itself a learning process which requires input and feedback from others. That is one reason why more learning occurs in groups, there are more sources of feedback to give you clues as to what you need to learn.”

Prof. Dr. Edgar Schein, Sloan Professor emeritus for Organizational Psychology Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Virtuelles World Cafe

How is a virtual World Café planned?

A virtual World Café combines the best of the planning of a face-to-face event with the emerging possibilities of video conferencing. The design and realization of a powerful virtual World Café experience is focusses on three key elements:


PURPOSE, PEOPLE and TECHNOLOGY


10 STEPS FOR THE REALIZATION OF A VIRTUAL WORLD CAFÉ

What possibilities do virtual World Cafés offer?

A virtual World Café provides a spectrum of cutting-edge possibilities to foster meaningful exchanges about issues that matter to the participants:

  • All sectors of society ranging from individuals, communities to organizations can participate in a deeply inclusive common experience.
  • A myriad of boundaries can be crossed using new technological possibilities - from geography to languages.
  • Diverse people can engage with each other about issues which matter to them.
  • Virtual tools not only enable large groups to gather virtually but also enables state-of-the-art participatory processes to be integrated in the World Café design
  • A virtual World Café is both agile and cost-effective. It is made accessible to a broad spectrum of participations via the combination of WLAN and computer which, in turn, economizes the physical set-up expenditures.
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What does the future hold?

EMERGING NEW HORIZONS: A CREATIVE MIX OF VIRTUAL AND ANALOGUE COMPONENTS

We envision the future of virtual World Cafés as hybrid and/or decentralized events. The emerging possibilities are numerous due to the on-going development of software applications. When creatively combined with the conscious design of a virtual World Café, the experience will be both uniquely participatory and meaningful for the participants.

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