Hosting Powerful Conversations: Introduction to World Cafe and Open Space Technology

Learn the theory and practice of two effective conversation-based methods for dialogue: World Cafe and Open Space Technology. Through a participatory process, you will identify powerful questions and the situations best suited to using these methods.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online 2 Chris Corrigan
Kris Archie
$375.00 6 Register

Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery. Access opens on the first date listed to allow you to complete pre-readings and assignments in preparation for your first class. Virtual classes begin on the second date listed and run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm PT. The course will end one week after the final date listed to allow time to complete a final assignment. 

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of World Café and Open Space Technology
  • Determine the situations best suited to using World Café and Open Space Technology
  • Identify and ask powerful questions
  • Identify the pitfalls and promise of two techniques for sitting in circle, listening, learning and opening space for dialogue and positive change

How will I learn?

  • Pre-readings and assignments
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about hosting powerful, conversation-based methods for dialogue.

How will I be evaluated?

We will evaluate you based on your class participation.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

Hear more about this course

"The skill in using Open Space and World Café is not so much the logistics of 'How do I facilitate it?' but rather, 'How do I come up with a good core question that we're dealing with?' and 'How do we create an invitation that is honest, that is authentic, and that gets people into the room?'" —Chris Corrigan

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