For Providers: World Cafés
World Café Conversations in Yolo County
The YCCA Yolo Family Strengthening Network (YFSN) is leading the effort to help Yolo County learn more about the World Café model. The YFSN Café Subcommittee has prepared the following information to help organizations learn more about how to host World Café conversations.
World Café Model
The World Café model can be used to address complex issues by having “conversations that matter” on a wide variety of topics. “Café conversations are designed on the assumption that people already have within them the wisdom and creativity to confront even the most difficult challenges” (The World Café by Brown and Isaacs, page 4). Many groups have adapted the World Café model to address specific topics affecting their communities. We invite you to join the World Café movement to engage parents, community members, partners, constituents, staff, and youth in conversations throughout Yolo County,
The YFSN is using the World Café model with parents in Yolo County to promote protective factors while supporting, empowering, and celebrating parents. Specifically, the YFSN will use World Cafés to support the Five Protective Factors identified by the research-informed Strengthening Families™ Framework. These protective factors have been shown to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect:
1. Parental Resilience
2. Social Connections
3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
4. Concrete Support in Times of Need
5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children
Café Materials Available for Use!
The YFSN Café Subcommittee has written, prepared, and collected the following resources to help organizations learn more about how to host World Cafés.
- World Café Host Training PowerPoint Presentation
(by Elvia Garcia and Kara Hunter of Yolo Conflict Resolution Center)
- World Café Host Workshop PowerPoint Presentation
(by Kara Hunter of Yolo Conflict Resolution Center)
- World Café Planning Guide (drawn from the Café to Go Guide and The World Café book): Explores the seven design principles and presents guidelines for planning a Café.
- World Café Planning Worksheet (the questions from the World Café Planning Guide)
- World Café Supply List (drawn from the Café to Go Guide)
Sample Café Documents
- World Café Sample Invitation for partners
- World Café Sample Invitation for parents
- World Café Menu Template (sample Café agenda)
- World Café Sample Questions
- World Café Table Host Guide (short)
- World Café Table Host Template (long)
- Café Resource List: Includes websites, books, webinars, and videos on various café models.
- Café to Go Guide: A Quick Reference Guide for Hosting World Café: Covers the basics of the World Café process, includes brief outlines of each principle, a description of Café Etiquette, an outline of key elements of the World Café conversations, and tips for creating Café ambiance.
- The World Café: Shaping Our Futures through Conversations that Matter (book)
by Juanita Brown with David Isaacs and the World Café Community: Provides background on evolution of the World Café model and how it can be used. Discusses seven design principles of World Cafés.
- Community Café Tools and Resources List
With generous support from IKEA, the YFSN Café Subcommittee has created two Café-in-a-Box kits for organizations to borrow when they host World Cafés. These kits can reduce the financial and logistical barriers that some organizations face when hosting a World Café.
Each Café-in-a-Box contains the following supplies:
• 5 tablecloths
• 5 sets of colored markers
• 5 vases for colored markers
• 5 vases for each table
• 15 fabric flowers for vases for each table
• 4 trays for serving food
• 2 rolls of butcher paper for covering tables|
• Café planning materials
• Café surveys (1 host organization survey, 30 English parent participant surveys, 30 Spanish parent participant surveys)
Café-in-a-Box kits can be checked out from the Davis Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) office for up to one week. If you would like to reserve a Café-in-a-Box, please contact Natalie Audage at Natalie.Audage@yolocounty.org or 530-902-8249. For more information, please read the Café-in-a-Box letter.
Café Surveys for Organizations and Parents
In order for the YFSN Committee to continue to be able to provide technical assistance and support related to the World Café model, we need organizations that host World Cafés to collect and report data on Cafés. Please fill out the YFSN Café Survey for Host Organizations if you host a World Café so we can track the Café movement in Yolo County. If you host a World Café for parents, we encourage you to use the YFSN Café Survey for Parents so we can assess the effects of World Cafés on parents throughout Yolo County. Please use the following surveys in your World Cafés:
- YFSN Café Survey for Host Organizations (English)
- 1 per café, to be filled out by café host
- To be used for any World Café in Yolo County (i.e., not just for parents)
- YFSN Café Survey for Parents (available in English and Spanish)
- 1 per café participant
- To be used only with World Cafés for parents
There are three ways to submit data from these surveys:
- You can enter your data directly using the following links:
• YFSN Café Survey for Host Organizations
• YFSN Café Survey for Parents
- You can mail surveys to Natalie Audage at:
Yolo County Children’s Alliance
600 A St., Suite Y
Davis, CA 95616
- You can email scanned copies of the surveys to Natalie Audage at Natalie.Audage@yolocounty.org
If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Audage at Yolo County Children’s Alliance: Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 902-8249. Thank you for helping us collect data on World Cafés in Yolo County!
YFSN World Café Listserv
The YFSN Café Subcommittee has created the YFSN World Café listserv to help people learn more about hosting World Cafés. Participants of this listserv will be able to do the following:
- share World Café resources,
- ask questions of others who are hosting World Cafés, and
- join a community of people working to help people have conversations that matter.
If you are interested in joining the listserv, please email Natalie Audage at Natalie.Audage@yolocounty.org and include your name and agency.
YFSN Café Subcommittee members
- Ann Panzica of Children’s Home Society of California
- Danielle Wogulis of Yolo Conflict Resolution Center
- Elvia Garcia of Yolo Conflict Resolution Center
- Kaelin Souza of Yolo County Office of Education
- Kara Hunter of Yolo Conflict Resolution Center
- Jennifer Travis of Help Me Grow
- Liz Sardinas of Help Me Grow
- Lucy Roberts of Family Hui
- Mary Hammes of Yolo County Housing
- Natalie Audage of Yolo County Children’s Alliance
- Tracy Fauver of Yolo County CASA
- Willy Onate of Yolo County Children’s Alliance
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact: