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The Smart Solution Book by Mr. David Cotton

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Tool 57

Pro-action cafÉ

What the tool is

This is a powerful technique used for collaborative problem solving with a large group and is built on World café (see Tool 56) and Open space (see Tool 55) principles. Individuals raise issues that they would like to discuss, based on a central theme. The technique allows exploration of the quest behind the question and what everyone needs to know to make the picture more complete.

When to use it

  • When you need to move relatively quickly from problem solving to action.
  • For strategic planning.
  • For organisational design.
  • For any decision making that will affect people cross-functionally.

What you will need

  • A large circle of chairs, one per participant, and additional tables to accommodate small ...

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