There is a very interesting conversation buzzing around in various locations online about how to do World Cafes online. I am feeling tortured, because I’d like to be fully participating, but due to the “to do list” I’m watching from the side. I think there is much more here than looking at how to do World Cafe gatherings online, but in a larger sense, how do we best utilize convening methods from our F2F practices in a distributed environment – and all the juicy questions that go along with it. For me, some of the key questions include:
- What methods can “translate” into an online space – why or why not? What do we even mean by “translate?”
- Are we being strategic and clear about what method to use when – online or off. In other words, lets not do the “move our dysfunctional offline meetings into the online space.” The bottom line is creating interactions that matter – online or off.
- What are the social implications?
- What are the technical implications? Existing and potential tools (especially free or low cost tools)?
- Loretta Donovan’s article Wired Discovery: New Conversations and Deeper Connections
- Chris Heuer’s blog post Living in the Era of Conversation
- Ria Beck on Virtual Hosting
- Edna Pasher from 1998’s Knowledge Ecology Fair story, How to Lead a Virtual Workshop (yes, I was involved with the KE Fair and it is interesting to see what has changed and what has stayed the same!)
Truly, I’d love a month to research this sort of thing and things like useful patterns and practices in online events… and so many other things. Maybe in December…. 🙂