Collective Creating Through Conversations with Juanita Brown, Ph.D. & David Isaacs

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More than ever we are in need of conversations that bring people together for creative solutions. Imagine having the opportunity to sit with a group of people and have a deep interaction around something you all really care about. These kinds of dialogues are taking place across the globe and are making a difference in creating a better world. You can participate as well by creating them in your own community, your place of work, your neighborhood, even in your own home. Juanita Brown and David Isaacs have created a simple process for bringing people together around questions that matter. They call this the World Cafe. Brown says, "This is the way the world works. Through our conversations and the networks of conversations we are a part of, and the meaning that we make in these conversations, is how we bring the world into being." Whether you are dealing with questions in your organization, community, church or school, the World Cafe method is a doorway to deeper understanding and creativity. By using some basic principles the nature and quality of conversation will lead to collective intelligence.


Juanita Brown and David Isaacs are the co-originators of the World Cafe.

She is the author with David Isaacs and the World Cafe Community of:

  • The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2005)

To learn more about the work of Juanita Brown, Ph.D. and David Isaacs go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How the power of face to face conversation can change your life
  • What is the process of World Café
  • How the power of questions can alter your consciousness
  • How to build community online with World Cafes
  • What are the seven World Café principles
  • How to support the cross-pollination of ideas in your home, neighborhood, and community
Host: Michael Toms          Interview Date: 8/30/2005           Program Number: 3106