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Category: Idea Development

Number of Participants: 200+

Participant Profile: Extraverted

Expertise: Requires Expertise

Participant Eligibility: Low Eligibility

Duration: 1 Day

Budget: Medium

Venue: Indoor

Online: +

What is a Chat Cage?

World cafe is a process in which participants share their views and generate ideas for 20-30 minutes in variable groups in a cafe environment.


Allows dialogue of multi-person groups (tried on 1200 people)
Encourages knowledge sharing and innovative thinking
Strengthens human relationships


Inadequate in making detailed plans
Ineffective in groups of less than 12 people
Not suitable for one-sided exchange of information

How to Plan a Chat Cage?

STEP 1: Identify the cafe facilitator: One or two people are designated as those who will run the cafe.

STEP 2: Clarify the purpose of the cafe: What is the main topic? Who should be invited? How much time is required? The process is planned by answering such questions.

STEP 3: Preparing the questions to start the conversations: By avoiding yes-no questions, interesting questions are prepared that will push the participants to talk.

STEP 4: Giving a name to the cafe: Give a short and clear name that is relevant to the topic

STEP 5: Inviting the participants: It is clarified who will attend, when and where the cafe will be held.

STEP 6: Preparing a hospitable environment : A place where participants will feel safe and comfortable in their conversations is created. A physically comfortable cafe environment is created.

STEP 7: Welcoming the participants and explaining the theme and questions of the cafe: the purpose, rules and cafe ethics of the cafe are explained and placed in a visible place.

STEP 8: Starting the speaking rounds: The speaking rounds are started , 20-30 minutes each.

STEP 9: Making the rounds: in the first round, the table owner greets the participants and allows the first talks to take place, in the next round the tables are changed and the participants continue with the topics at the newly arrived tables, in the next rounds a return to the previous tables is allowed or a transition to a new table can also be provided.

STEP 10: Making the general assessment: After all the tables have finished speaking, the participants are asked final questions about how the general discussion went. What would he say if there was only one voice in the room? What were the common conversations? Is there any information we have gained as a result of the conversations?

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