World Café Facilitations

David facilitated a series of public meetings for the City of Gatineau, using the "World Café" or "Urban Café" facilitation technique, as part of the PACE consulting team.  He also conducted a training session for municipal staff.  The public likes the World Café technique because it is a lively format in which all participants have the opportunity to express themselves on the topic at hand.  People sit in small groups at tables, café style, and exchange points of view for about 30 minutes, then they change tables and continue the conversation on a different question that is linked to the overall theme for the evening.  The tables have paper tablecloths and participants are encouraged to write or draw on them to illustrate their point. The evaluations submitted by participants show a high satisfaction rating.