The World Cafe

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Meet David Isaacs, the coauthor of

The World Café: Shaping our futures through conversations that matter

THE WORLD CAFE: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter.  On May 25, 2010, Susan Stamm interviewed David Isaacs for Bookends Book Club, a service of The TEAM Approach.

David Isaacs is President of Clearing Communications and designs strategic dialogue forums with senior leaders in the U.S. and abroad. David is also a co-originator of the World Cafe and serves as adjunct faculty with the University of Texas Business School’s Executive MBA Program.

Filled with stories of actual Cafe dialogues in business, education, government, and community organizations across the globe, this uniquely crafted book demonstrates how the World Cafe can be adapted to any setting or culture. Examples from such varied organizations as Hewlett-Packard, American Society for Quality, the nation of Singapore, the University of Texas, and many others, demonstrate the process in action.

  • Introduces readers to a simple, yet powerful conversational process for thinking together and creating actionable knowledge that has been used successfully with organizations and communities on six continents
  • Clearly articulates seven key World Café design principles that create the conditions for accessing collective intelligence and breakthrough thinking
  • Includes actual stories from widely varied settings-such as Hewlett-Packard, American Society for Quality, the nation of Singapore, the University of Texas, and many, many others-to show the World Café process and results

Along with its seven core design principles, The World Cafe offers practical tips for hosting “conversations that matter” in groups of any size- strengthening both personal relationships and people’s capacity to shape the future together.  For more information, visit

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