World café (WC) is a structured methodology that provides an opportunity for collective thinking through open dialogue. The WC concept affords the opportunity for individuals to engage in the sharing of ideas and knowledge. Participants rotate through timed discussions on different themes with different groups of individuals, providing for an intermixing of ideas. Facilitators benefit from accessing dialogue output and ideas related to chosen topics of discussion as a result of collective input. Extension professionals should consider WC for increasing communication and generating shared knowledge. Our approach to WC was implemented at the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference.
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Wiley, S. R., Seibel, M. M., & Bush, S. (2018). Collective Thinking for Extension Practice: A Time and Place for World Café. The Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.04.14