More about the tool
Advantages and Disadvantages
- The method literally brings all participants "to the table" and different points of view "on the table".
- The World Café is an efficient tool that can be carried out with few material and financial resources.
- The interlocutors get to know each other and each other's institutional backgrounds better.
- The participation of different stakeholders increases the acceptance of the solution approaches.
- The formulation of a specific question in preparation and the processing of the ideas in the follow-up can be very time-consuming.
- The follow-up is often made more difficult by illegible writing or contributions that are too short, e.g. "health", which are difficult to evaluate.
- The interviewees must be motivated to develop and discuss ideas.
Application into practice
Hints from practice
- Use a "silent observer" who records the conversations in the discussion rounds; this ensures that no aspects are neglected.
- A good moderator who keeps an eye on the time frame, involves everyone, and summarizes the results of the preliminary rounds well is important.
- Make sure that I-messages are used so that the participants can also identify with the problem: instead of "There is the problem that ..." use rather "I see the problem that ...".
- Divide the table template into different sections, each of which can be used to record the suggestions for a particular issue, or use different colors to better cluster the issues, e.g. red = problems/obstacles, green = solution approach, blue = stakeholders involved.
- Create a different theme for each table, e.g. mobility, health, associations, etc.
- Take photos of the tablecloths on site before removing them. This will make follow-up easier.