Keith June 11th, 2011
As I have been doing a fair bit of both work and writing on collaboration recently, I have been attempting to sharpen up my own ideas about these techniques and the differences. In practice, I tend to modify the techniques to match the context, rather than necessarily follow a strict format, but it is useful to understand the origins and strengths of the different approaches.
David has spelt out the differences quite thoroughly in his article, but I thought that it may be helpful to put together a bit of a summary here, also drawing on my own experience and observations.
|World Café||Knowledge Café|
|Started in 1995.||Started in 2002.|
|Community focussed.||Business focussed.|
|Described in community language.||Described in business language.|
|Used to address social issues and build community.||Used to address business issues and build business communities.|
|Defined structure and process.||Structure and process can be adapted to meet business needs.|
|Uses Table Hosts.||Does not use Table Hosts.|
|The results of conversations are “harvested”.||The conversations themselves are important – results are not normally harvested.|
As David is at some pains to point out, he is not saying that there is anything wrong with the World Café approach – it is just different. Each approach has its place and purpose.