Conversation Café

Conversation Café

Tired of small talk? Try some big talk! 

Drop by for conversations that matter.

Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30am

Conversation Café is an open, hosted conversation where anyone is welcome to join in. There is nothing to join, no homework, no agenda, just a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to BIG talk--conversations that matter. A simple format helps people feel at ease and gives everyone who wants it a chance to speak—it’s also fine for people to simply listen.

Each week we’ll have a different topic or question to start the conversation, and then where it goes is up to the participants.

Drop in and join us for a great conversation!

Refreshments! No charge! (Donations welcome)

Suggestions for topics & questions welcome!

Topics:

Conversation Café Agreements

Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.

Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.

Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade.

Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.

Sincerity: Speak from your heart and personal experience.

Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.

 

Conversation Café Process

Assemble up to 8 people plus host, hearty topic, a talking object, and time (60-90 min.). Host explains process and agreements.

Round 1: Pass around the talking object; each person speaks briefly to the topic, no feedback or response.

Round 2: Again with talking object, each person deepens their own comments or speaks to what has meaning now.

Dialogue: Open, spirited conversation. Use talking object if there is domination, contention, or lack of focus.

Final Round: With talking object, each person says briefly what challenged, touched or inspired them.

Click here for the Principles of Conversation Cafés

Questions to Go Deeper

  • What happened that led you to this point of view?
  • How does this affect you personally?
  • I’m curious, can you say more about that…
  • Here’s what I heard…is that what you mean?